For drinkers at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, glory was either a world away or just a 10-second sprint. Here, Paul Hemphill’s portrait of their heyday from ‘The Nashville Sound.’
To look at him, you couldn’t tell that Mister Ham was hard up enough to try to sell his overcoat in the middle of December. But class has nothing to do with money.
Paul Hemphill’s indelible portrait of aging, alcoholic football legend Bob Suffridge is as beautiful as it is sad—and it is very, very sad.
Paul Hemphill was one of the great unsung writers of the American South. Here he celebrates the heyday of Birmingham's minor league team, the Barons.