Haunted: Clay Walker, “Ghost Stories”

Shreveport, Louisiana – where the All Y’all podcast and live storytelling series is produced – is a small town in some ways. Following the announcement that All Y’all was seeking stories of the paranormal for our November 2016 event, “Haunted,” several people contacted us to insist that Clay Walker be asked to share a ghost story onstage. One friend swore that Clay told two of the best ghost stories she’d ever heard.

By the time that we sat down with Clay and heard his stories for ourselves, there was almost no way that they could live up to our expectations…almost.

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Susybelle “Duke” Lyons and Ghost III. Photo shared with the permission of Clay Walker.

As it turns out, our friends were correct: Clay can spin a spine-tingling yarn. The fact that these true stories are drawn from a youth spent in Shreveport’s historic South Highlands neighborhood at the side of his well-known grandmother, Susybelle “Duke” Lyons, makes the stories that much more wonderful.

In this special Halloween episode, we present two back-to-back stories – one told live, the other recorded later  – from Clay Walker.

All Y’all Live: Love

Mark your calendars: The next All Y’all live storytelling event, “Love,” will be held at the Woman’s Department Club of Shreveport on Saturday, Nov. 11. Tickets are on sale here! This will be our fourth fundraiser event to date, with 100% of proceeds from the door benefiting a local nonprofit organization that will be announced soon. RSVP or share the event on Facebook.

Thank You, Sponsors
Without the support of our sponsors, All Y’all live events would be extremely difficult for us to pull off. Please support our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes, as well as presenting sponsors Maccentric and Williams Creative Group.

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Podcast Exclusive: Derek Wayne Johnson, “Friends with the Cobra Kai”

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Promotional artwork for the film John Avildsen: King of the Underdogs, a new documentary directed by Derek Wayne Johnson.

Derek Wayne Johnson was born in Carthage, Texas, about an hours’ drive southwest of Shreveport, Louisiana. He fell in love with cinema at an early age, developing a special affinity for the films Rocky and The Karate Kid. Those films were directed by Academy Award-winner John G. Avildsen. Through an unbelievable series of events, Johnson wound up not only meeting his filmmaking hero, but directing a documentary film about his life.

Robinson Film Center and Maccentric will present a screening of that film, John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs, on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Grab tickets to the film or RSVP to the Facebook event.

Here’s the All Y’all interview with Derek Wayne Johnson about growing up in the Ark-La-Tex, meeting your heroes and what it’s like to interview Burt Freakin’ Reynolds.

Check out the trailer for the film here:

All Y’all Live: The Skin I’m In Tickets Now Available
On Saturday, Aug. 26, All Y’all will return to the Woman’s Department Club for our 12th live storytelling event, The Skin I’m In. All Y’all is looking for six great stories of identity, acceptance (or the lack thereof) and the journey of self-discovery. If you think you’ve got a story for The Skin I’m In, please call our storyteller hotline at (318) 582-0665 and leave us a message. If you’d like to join us for The Skin I’m Inpurchase tickets here.

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I Just Work Here: Winston Hall, “Look at All of the Little Black Dots”

Storyteller Winston Hall shares his story onstage at the Woman’s Department Club of Shreveport on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Careers are tricky things. Sometimes, you pursue one career only to wind up in another line of work. Other times, a career sort of finds you – you take a job to make ends meet and, years later, you realize it’s become more than a job. And then, sometimes, you tell the owner of the China Garden Buffet in San Angelo, Texas that you’re a professional piano player (even though you only know a few songs) and – next thing you know – you’re tickling the ivories.

Wrong Note Right
If you enjoyed Winston’s All Y’all story, you may be interested in seeing his one-man show, Wrong Note Right: The Story of An Accidental Piano Man, live onstage at the Bossier Arts Council’s East Bank Theatre, Aug. 18-20, 2017. Tickets are $20 each and are available now. Grab tickets here or RSVP to the official Facebook event for Wrong Note Right.

All Y’all Live: The Skin I’m In Tickets Now Available
On Saturday, Aug. 26, All Y’all will return to the Woman’s Department Club for our 12th live storytelling event, The Skin I’m In. All Y’all is looking for six great stories of identity, acceptance (or the lack thereof) and the journey of self-discovery. If you think you’ve got a story for The Skin I’m In, please call our storyteller hotline at (318) 582-0665 and leave us a message. If you’d like to join us for The Skin I’m In, purchase tickets here.

Thank You, Sponsors
The 2017 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Williams Creative Group and Maccentric. Without the support of these sponsors, All Y’all live events and podcasts would be extremely difficult for us to pull off.

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The Skin I’m In – August 26, 2017 – 7:30 P.M.

All Y'all Live – The Skin I'm In
Is your body ready? The 12th All Y’all live storytelling event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26.

The 12th All Y’all live storytelling event, “The Skin I’m In”, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26 at the historic Woman’s Department Club of Shreveport. The event will feature six true tales of the human body, the search for identity, and what happens when the world gets under our skin. Admission is $15 and advance ticket purchase is recommended. Purchase tickets here. A high-quality cash bar will be provided by Wine Country Bistro and live musical interludes will be performed by Highland-based electronic musician Nate Treme.

Storytellers for “The Skin I’m In” include Anwar Fikri, Coleen McKechnie, Kyle Denton, Roxann Johnson and Dr. Navdeep Samra. One or two more storytellers may be announced prior to the show – follow the official Facebook event for more updates

Like all All Y’all live events, “The Skin I’m In” is made possible with the incredible support of our presenting sponsor, Holiday Lanes, as well as additional support from Maccentric and Williams Creative Group. Please consider supporting these businesses, which have proven time and again that they care deeply about their community.  

RSVP to the Facebook event for “The Skin I’m In.”

Please consider sharing our event with your friends on Facebook – a share helps more than you could possibly know!

All Y’all live storytelling events are recommended for mature audiences.

Striking a Chord: Our Thoughts on Stories of the Strings

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Joel Boultinghouse shows off his guitar during the first Stories of the Strings event. Photo by Casey Jones.

Bobby Roth was a heavy metal fan. His music grated on his mom’s nerves and irritated their neighbors in Broadmoor, but that didn’t matter to Bobby. He and his friends would hang out in the garage and play Slayer and Pantera covers until a patrol car inevitably slipped into the driveway. His dog was named Dimebag. His band was called Epitaph. Bobby Roth died suddenly on November 13, 2007. He was 34.

Michelle Honeycutt and Joy Roth, Bobby’s sister and mother, took the stage at Stories of the Strings – the storytelling event series that All Y’all has been hosting in partnership with the Shreveport Regional Arts Council – on Wednesday, June 21. Flanked by Bobby’s guitars, they shared their favorite memories of Bobby and his love for music. The most unforgettable moment of the night came when Michelle shared the story of Bobby meeting several members of Slayer while he was – get this – waiting in line to ride the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas.

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Gary Paul Bertrand displays two of his Al Collinsworth guitars during Stories of the Strings.

The previous week, on June 14, Gary Paul Bertrand told the audience about Al Collinsworth, a master luthier who built immaculately crafted electric guitars – one instrument at a time, often from single pieces of wood – in his shed in Cedar Grove. Collinsworth, who retired from Bewley’s Furniture, also repaired guitars that others considered unfixable. But his real love was building guitars. Gary Paul brought three beautifully crafted Collinsworth guitars and played them live for a small but appreciative crowd.

What we loved most about the story of Al Collinsworth was its incredible localness. Ask a guitar player anywhere else in the world if they know about Al Collinsworth, and you’ll likely be met with a blank stare. Ask any veteran Shreveport guitarist and they may just smile knowingly, lean in, and say something like: “How on earth do you know about Al?”

That’s the kind of stuff that you’ve been missing at Stories of the Strings. These evenings are intimate, personal, moving and musical. They’re happening every Wednesday night in June and July beginning at 6 p.m. at Artspace. Upcoming events will include guitar tales from friends of All Y’all like Grant Nuckolls (July 19) and the wonderful Buddy Flett (July 26).

We’d love to see more All Y’all supporters at these events. These nights aren’t about famous people’s backstage anecdotes or wealthy collectors showing off the guitars that they never play. They’re about memories and love. They’re about Bobby Roth’s blistering power chords echoing through Broadmoor and Al Collinsworth slipping out to the shed, late at night, and turning on the light.

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Haunted: Steven Abney, “Personal Demons”

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Storyteller Steven Abney, photographed on the porch of his home in Shreveport’s South Highlands neighborhood.

Ghost stories can be a lot of things: visceral, frightening, unnerving. But very seldom do they drift into territory that could be described as intimate or personal. Storyteller Steven Abney took the stage at our Nov. 12, 2016 live event, “Haunted”, and delivered a ghost story that was as equally suited for Ghost Hunters as it was for Dr. Phil. This spine-tingling tale of a haunted house and one man’s struggle to shake loose of his demons continues to be one of the most unique All Y’all stories told to date.

Coming Soon: All Y’all Live, “The Skin I’m In”
On Saturday, Aug. 26, All Y’all will return to the Woman’s Department Club for our 12th live storytelling event, “The Skin I’m In”. We are looking for six great stories of identity, acceptance (or the lack thereof) and the journey of self-discovery. If you think you’ve got a story for “The Skin I’m In”, please call our storyteller hotline at (318) 582-0665 and leave us a message.

“Stories of the Strings”
If you’re reading this post during the summer of 2017, check out our upcoming “Stories of the Strings” nights. Chris and Sara from All Y’all host these “show and tell”-style evenings featuring guitar players and collectors discussing their most treasured instruments. Events will be held at Artspace Shreveport every Wednesday night in June and July. Shows begin at 6 p.m. and admission is $5. Join us!

Help Us Say “Thanks”…
The 2017 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Williams Creative Group and Maccentric. Without the support of these sponsors, All Y’all live events and podcasts would be extremely difficult for us to pull off. Please consider thanking our sponsors with your patronage.

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I Just Work Here: Amy Lynn Treme, “Monty”

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Amy Lynn Treme shares her story at All Y’all Live: “I Just Work Here.”

Some folks are just natural born storytellers. Amy Lynn Treme, a pre-K teacher who lives in Shreveport’s Highland neighborhoood, is one of those folks. When All Y’all announced that we’d be presenting a night of stories about work (“I Just Work Here” was held at the Woman’s Department Club of Shreveport in April 2017), Amy was the first person to reach out with a story pitch. And, wow, it was a doozy.

Amy’s story — a side-splittingly funny tale of a simple task gone terribly wrong during her employment at a pet store in Bossier City — is one of the most outrageous and downright entertaining stories ever told on the All Y’all stage.


Please Support Our Sponsors

The 2017 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Williams Creative Group and Maccentric. Without the support of these sponsors, All Y’all live events and podcasts would be extremely difficult for us to pull off. Please consider thanking our sponsors with your patronage.

Coming Soon: Wild Card Night
This Summer, All Y’all will be trying something new: our first-ever Wild Card Night. For this live event, we won’t be booking storytellers in advance. We’ll ask that anyone who would like to try their hand at live storytelling drop their name in a hat, and we’ll draw six names to tell a story live onstage. It’s an experiment in spontaneity, community and “working without a net.” Watch for details to be announced soon.

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Haunted: Christopher Louis Wilson, “A Wing and A Prayer”

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Storyteller Christopher Louis Wilson and his daughter, Camryn.

On May 11, 2016, Christopher Louis Wilson published a post on his blog, From the Desk of Mr. Coach Wilson, about his lifelong love affair with Shreveport-based restaurant Wing Taxi. Within 24 hours, the post had gone viral in Shreveport, with thousands of views and social shares leading the owner of the restaurant to reach out to Wilson. As it turns out, Wilson isn’t the only Shreveporter obsessed with the quirky, gypsy-like wing joint. For many locals, the taste of home is Cajun ranch lemon pepper garlic Parmesan.

For our November 2016 live storytelling event, “Haunted”, Wilson took the stage and shared a surprisingly personal, heartfelt story of love, loss and yearning.

All Y’all Live: “I Just Work Here” Tickets Available Now
The 11th All Y’all Live storytelling event, “I Just Work Here,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 1, 2017 at The Woman’s Department Club of Shreveport. For lots more information and a link to buy tickets, please check out the official event announcement. We’d also be thrilled if you’d consider sharing the official Facebook event.

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Nate Treme performs at an All Y’all live storytelling event in July 2016. Photo by Stan Carpenter.

Thank You, Nate Treme
If you enjoy the background music in this episode of the podcast, you can hear more work from producer Nate Treme on his Bandcamp page. Nate has performed live musical interludes at most of our live storytelling events to date and has become an integral part of the All Y’all family. He’s also an incredibly gifted graphic designer, whose work you can see here. Thank you, Nate!

Please Support Our Sponsors
The 2017 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Maccentric and Williams Creative Group.

I Just Work Here – April 1, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.

The 11th All Y’all live storytelling event, “I Just Work Here”, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 1 at the historic Woman’s Department Club of Shreveport. The event will feature six true tales of working for a living, living to work and the misadventures and magic that can transpire while you’re “on the clock.” Storytellers will include Ashlie Daigle, Julian Gutierrez, Pam Brown, Amy Lynn Treme, Luther Cox and Julie Gustafson. Admission is $15 and tickets are available now. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. A cash bar will be provided by Wine Country Bistro and live musical interludes will be performed by Nate Treme. Purchase tickets here.

RSVP to the Facebook event for “I Just Work Here” – and please consider inviting your friends! It helps us more than you know.

This live storytelling event, like all All Y’all events and podcasts, is made possible by our title sponsor Holiday Lanes. This event is also made possible by the generous support of live event sponsors Maccentric and Williams Creative Group.

All Y’all live storytelling events are recommended for mature audiences.

I Fought The Law: Meghan Shapiro, “Sentences”

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Storyteller Meghan Shapiro. Photo by Stan Carpenter.

During the second half of our July 2016 storytelling event, “I Fought The Law,” we featured stories from three attorneys who shared an insider’s perspective of our complex legal system. Our last storyteller of the evening, Meghan Shapiro, moved to Louisiana in 2013 to practice death penalty defense law in a place with greater need than most. From 2010 to 2014, more people were sentenced to death per capita in Caddo Parish than in any other parish or county in the United States.

Meghan has almost exclusively represented poor individuals charged with capital crimes or sentenced to death, a cause to which she has been heavily devoted since her teens. This story is about her first death row client.

Please Support Our Sponsors
The 2016 season of All Y’all live events and podcasts is made possible by our title sponsor, Holiday Lanes. The All Y’all podcast is also sponsored by Williams Creative Group and Maccentric.

Coming Soon: I Just Work Here
We’re currently recruiting storytellers for our Spring 2017 live storytelling event, “I Just Work Here,”  a collection of great stories about the working life. As always, we’re looking for all kinds of stories: funny, sad, inspiring, confusing – the only requirements are that your story is true and you’re willing to get up onstage in front of a few hundred friends to tell it. If you think you’ve got a story for “I Just Work Here,” please call our storyteller hotline at (318) 582-0665 and leave us a message.