I contacted Raleigh criminal law attorney Wade Smith when I heard he was retiring this year after a magnificent 60-year career. I told him I did not want to do a retrospective on a career which included serving as counsel to Dr. Jeffrey McDonald in the “Fatal Vision” case and lead counsel for Collin Finnerty, one of three young men accused in the Duke lacrosse rape case.
In lieu thereof, at my suggestion, on July 1, photographer Catherine Davis and I went into Jerry Browne’s Rubber Room studios in Chapel Hill with Smith, John Crumpler and Mel Williams, all members of the band Bloomsbury, to record songs by Pete Seeger and Jimmy Reed and talk about life and music.
Bloomsbury is an Americana band inspired by The Weavers that has been together for 50 years. It has played hundreds of concerts from chicken stews to Tavern on the Green to touring England.