2019 KC Fringe: The Red Clay Country

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The Red Clay Country

White Cloverine Salve

This is a performance piece celebrating the tenacity, fortitude and driving spirit of the Dustbowl Refugees. It is a quilt with blocks interwoven through narratives in first person, personal stories, songs from the era and passages from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

The piece is the story of Nancee Walker-Micham’s paternal Grandmother Dorothy Walker, who as a little girl went door to door selling white cloverine salve to make enough money to buy a fiddle. We follow along her growing up and making the decision to pack up and leave her beloved Ozarks in the Southwest corner of Oklahoma to head for California like so many others in the 30’s and 40’s. Along the way stopping for work in the fields and camps and playing for dances in the evening with her fiddle.

The piece includes personal memories and music that tells its own story in the lyrics; it is a story of one of many from the depression and dustbowl but all its own in loving memory of an “Okie” Dorothy Walker.




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