Barton Professor Jim Clark Releases Second Solo CD

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Wilson, N.C. – Jim Clark, the Elizabeth H. Jordan Professor of Southern Literature at Barton College, has released his second solo CD exploring the connection between poetry and music.  The CD, “The Service of Song,” features Clark’s musical settings of twelve poems by north Georgia “farmer-poet” Byron Herbert Reece (1917-1958). Reece, a mountain farmer from Choestoe, Ga., published four highly regarded books of poems and two novels during the 1940s and 1950s after being discovered by Kentucky writer Jesse Stuart.  Tragically, he took his own life at the age of forty.  Building on the strengths of his first CD of original poetry and Appalachian folk songs, “Buried Land,” Clark infuses […]