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SouthBound: Anthony Hamilton On Reshaping His Sound And Raising His Kids In This Troubled Summer

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Anthony Hamilton, the Grammy-winning singer and songwriter from Charlotte, has spent his career working a fertile patch of rhythm and blues.

Sometimes he makes old-school records that might remind you of Al Green or Bill Withers; other times he pairs his voice with hip-hop beats.

But this summer of death and protest on the streets has made him rethink his sound once again – and it has made him wonder about the best way to talk about it to his six sons.

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Show notes:

Music in this episode (all by Anthony Hamilton):

  • "Charlene"
  • "Ain't Nobody Worryin'"
  • "For All We Know" (Donny Hathaway cover)
  • "Best of Me"
  • "The Point Of It All"

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SouthBound is a production of WFAE. Our host is Tommy Tomlinson. Our audience engagement manager is Joni Deutsch, and our main theme comes from Josh Turner.

Tommy Tomlinson has hosted the podcast SouthBound for WFAE since 2017. He also does a commentary that airs every Monday. He's the author of "The Elephant in the Room," a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. He has also written for publications including Esquire, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Garden & Gun. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.