Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Free State Of Brent

I'll be on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Thursday talking about my favorite books, music and movies of the week - including Texas author Victoria Bynum's The Free State Of Jones, Colvin & Earle's new album, 10 Cloverfield Lane on home video, Freddie Prinze Jr's celebrity cookbook (wait, what?) and more!


Friday, June 10, 2016

Renegade South - Blog From The Writer Of The Free State Of Jones

"As a historian who began digging into records and documents about ordinary and extraordinary people some thirty years ago, I’ve long wanted to share the history of those people with a broader audience. Whether you are a historian or someone who just likes history, this blog was created with you in mind.
"As the blog’s title, Renegade South, suggests, I study southern dissenters of the nineteenth century. Several kinds of renegades pass through the pages of my books and articles: Civil War Unionists and outlaws, multiracial people, unruly women, and political and religious nonconformists. My books, The Free State of Jones, Unruly Women, and The Long Shadow of the Civil War,  highlight such folks in the Mississippi Piney Woods, North Carolina Piedmont, and the “Big Thicket” region of Hardin County, Texas.
"It’s often hard to imagine that many white southerners opposed secession and served only grudgingly in the Confederate Army, if at all. Yet many did. Throughout the South, many put family, neighborhood, or religious and political beliefs ahead of secession. Many, in fact, hated the Confederacy with a passion, so much so that their backyards ran red with blood. Wherever they rose up, Confederates countered with deadly force. This sparked inner civil wars such as the one in Mississippi known as the Free State of Jones.
"Many people who contact me have recently learned that a southern great-great-grandfather opposed or abandoned the Confederacy, or even joined the Union army. Others have found a long-departed relative in one of my books, and are intrigued by what they’ve read about his or her life. Others merely hope that readers of Renegade South can help them solve a family mystery, and often they can. Whatever the reason, I truly enjoy being a people’s historian, and I especially love the thrill of discovering—and then being in a position to share—that ordinary people at times do extraordinary things.
"I hope those who enjoy Southern and Civil War history will also enjoy the essays on these pages. I also hope you’ll continue to contact me. The past is anything but dead, and is frequently invoked to justify present ideas and political actions. For these reasons as well, historical knowledge and perspectives should be shared and debated beyond school and college classrooms.
Victoria Bynum
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Texas State University

https://renegadesouth.wordpress.com/

The Free State Of Jones - Epic Trailer

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Brent's Picks - Dr. John Shines on Disney's The Jungle Book Motion Picture Soundtrack

Will be back on live television for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - talking about new releases like New Orleans musicians Dr. John (pictured) and Kermit Ruffins joining Bill Murray and Christopher Walken on Disney's "The Jungle Book" soundtrack - and more!

Monday, February 22, 2016

"The Secrets Of Lizzie Borden"


Southeast Texas author Brandy Purdy offers a new look at the legend of Lizzie Borden in her novel "The Secrets of Lizzie Borden." (Kensington 2016 paperback and e-book) Check out her blog: http://brandypurdy.blogspot.com/ and website www.brandypurdy.com for more on her work.

CriminalElement.Com has a feature on Purdy and her novel - including an exclusive excerpt - here: http://www.criminalelement.com/stories/2016/01/the-secrets-of-lizzie-borden-brandy-purdy-forty-whacks-comments-sweepstakes

Don't forget the book's Google Books and Goodreads pages:

Google Books: https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Secrets_of_Lizzie_Borden.html

Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25476259-the-secrets-of-lizzie-borden




Friday, February 12, 2016

Brent's Picks Very Deadpool Special Edition

Happy Deadpool Day! Brent is back with the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting today at 3 p.m. - with the latest Deadpool offerings from Marvel Comics, Rihanna's new CD, James Bond in Spectre on DVD and BluRay, a musical memoir from Dave Stewart and more!


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Brent's Picks Jan. 7 2016

It's a new year and Brent is back with this week's best new releases on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with "The H8ful Eight" soundtrack, Tom Jones' autobiography and accompanying best-of CD, "The Walk" and "A Walk in the Woods" on video, the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" novelization and more!


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

May the Brent be with you

Brent is back for STAR WARS day at KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with John Williams' Christmas album, the entire saga (so far) on home video, the Star Wars cookbook and more!


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Brent's Picks December 10

Brent is back with the best in new releases and personal picks for holiday gift giving on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new music from Train and Coldplay, new videos including Ant-Man and Hannibal, new books from Kevin Costner, Hell's Kitchen and more!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Brent's Picks November 18 2015


Brent is back with the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with a new holiday album from Pentatonix - the spy adventure "The Man From UNCLE" - new books from Leah Remini, David Baldacci, Janet Evanovich and more!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Brent's Picks I'll Be Back Edition


Brent is back from the future with the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Thursday November 12 in the year 2015 - with new movies including Terminator Genisys - new music including Leann Rimes Christmas album - new books including Sammy Hagar's cookbook - and more!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Brent's Picks November 4 Edition



Brent is back with the best in new releases and personal picks for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting today at 3 p.m. - with Sam Smith's new 007 theme "Writing's On The Wall" and Brian Setzer's holiday album "Rockin' Rudolph - Pixar's "Inside Out" and the next installment in the Family "Vacation" series - Stephen King's short story collection, another "Diary Of A Wimpy Kid" and more!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Brent's Picks Halloween Edition

Brent wears the black hat as he brings the best in new releases and personal picks to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Thursday October 29 - chatting about FOX's popular series "Gotham" and a special "Bones" meets "Sleepy Hollow" crossover - a new novel based on the eclectic radio show "Welcome To Night Vale" - a prequel to "Game of Thrones," a companion novel to "Alice in Wonderland" and a sequel to "The Walking Dead"!