Across the Blue Ridge Weekly - with Paul Brown

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Across the Blue Ridge focuses on the southern Blue Ridge area known through generations and still today as a hotbed of old-time, bluegrass, blues, and country music.

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And the program reaches far beyond, exploring southern music as the music most people around the world understand as distinctively American. Across the Blue Ridge is smart, irreverent, fun, serious, and entertaining all at once. How could it not be? Its host, Paul Brown, is a well-known former NPR journalist and radio producer who also happens to be a prize-winning banjo picker, fiddle player singer and storyteller. The show is filled with those “a-ha” moments for which public radio is known – moments that help listeners make new connections regarding history, art, music, politics, and the past, present, and future.

Across the Blue Ridge weekly episodes are available by carriage fee only, not points. Contact Tom Dollenmayer (dollentp@wfdd.org) or call 336-758-8859 to confirm carriage or for more information.

Stations carrying Across the Blue Ridge weekly can download episodes manually or can have them delivered to their automation systems weekly via the PRX Exchange. Hide full description

And the program reaches far beyond, exploring southern music as the music most people around the world understand as distinctively American. Across the Blue Ridge is smart, irreverent, fun, serious, and entertaining all at once. How could it not be? Its host, Paul Brown, is a well-known former NPR journalist and radio producer who also happens to be a prize-winning banjo picker, fiddle player singer and storyteller. The show is filled with those “a-ha” moments for which public radio is known – moments that help listeners make new connections regarding history, art, music, politics, and the past, present, and future.Across the Blue Ridge weekly episodes are available by carriage fee only, not points. Contact Tom Dollenmayer (dollentp@wfdd.org) or call 336-758-8859 to confirm carriage... Show full description


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Caption: Bill Hicks (right) grins with joy as he observes North Carolina fiddle master Tommy Jarrell  at a fiddlers’ convention circa 1972.  Hicks, a founding member of the Red Clay Ramblers and the Fuzzy Mountain String Band, passed away recently at age 75. We of, Credit: Paul Brown collection, courtesy Bill Hicks
Old-time and bluegrass traditions run deep in the foothills and mountains of northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia. Mickey Galyean & Cul...

  • Added: Dec 12, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
Caption: This week’s show outlines what old-time and bluegrass music have in common – and what’s unique to each! It’s a listener request we’re fulfilling. , Credit: John Malinowski.
Over the years, many people have asked us to explain what distinguishes old-time music from bluegrass, and vice versa. This week, we’re taking up ...

  • Added: Dec 04, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Fiddlin’ Bill Hensley (L, Ben Shahn, Library of Congress) and Jason Cade (R, Jamie Derevere) represent two ends of our story this week: the historic old time players whose music is preserved in early recordings, and today’s performers interpreting the old
Jason Cade is a Georgia fiddler with roots all over the south, an artist who reveres the historic fiddlers of the past while contributing new inter...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Hoot & Holler (L-R Amy Alvey & Mark Kilianski) are emblematic of a new generation of young adults from all over the U.S. who have taken up roots and traditional-style music with passion and commitment. They’re touring the country and the world playing tra, Credit: Paul Brown
A new generation of young adults with formal music training, a love of traditional music, and a strong commitment to performing and sharing music i...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
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Fiddler Eddie Bond of the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters has received a 2018 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Art...

  • Added: Nov 12, 2018
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Alice Gerrard (l.) and Hazel Dickens in the 1960s.  On this week’s Across the Blue Ridge, we hear selections from the new album, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard - Sing Me Back Home: The DC Tapes, 1965-1969.  We hear Dickens and Gerrard shaping their signatu, Credit: Courtesy Free Dirt Records
Alice Gerrard, International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame inductee, recently discovered tapes from the 1960s of her and Hazel Dickens h...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
Caption: Music with West Virginia connections features in this week’s show – from antique fiddle tunes to duet singing to a new flatpicking guitar album from Robin Kessinger and Tyler Grant.  , Credit: Paul Brown
This week’s show ranges across the southern mountains with some truly wonderful fiddle tunes and songs.

  • Added: Oct 30, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Across the Blue Ridge host Paul Brown (center) with Betse Ellis (l.) and Clarke Wyatt at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Old Time Music Festival in Colorado.  Betse and Clarke, a duo with an interesting musical history before they concentrated on roots and old-ti, Credit: Paul Brown
This week we hear the stories of Betse Ellis and Clarke Wyatt, who came from the worlds of classical, rock and jazz, and fell totally in love with ...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: L-R Dom Flemons, Alice Gerrard, Terri McMurray, Kay Justice, & ATBR host Paul Brown at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in October, 2018.  Hear excerpts from their concert celebrating the exhibition “Dorothea Lange’s America”, plus interview and hist, Credit: Marjo van Dijck
Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC is hosting an exhibition of work by the great Dust Bowl and Depression-era photographer ...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2018
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Draft horse demonstrations at the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival.  This year’s festival takes place on Saturday, October 27th at Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA.  , Credit: Courtesy Blue Ridge Institute
This week we hear great music as always, as we examine the evolution of Virginia and North Carolina traditions in song, instrumental music, foodway...

  • Added: Oct 08, 2018
  • Length: 57:03
Caption: A barn in Lewis County, KY, the home county of Buddy Thomas, one of the master old time musicians featured on this Across the Blue Ridge episode. Listen this week to interesting and obscure masters on fiddle, autoharp, harmonica and voice.   , Credit: Historic American Buildings Survey. Library of Congress, public domain
This week we hear some great fiddling from the transformative Arthur Smith, who set entertainment-style country fiddling on the path to what we now...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Musician, Scotts Run, West Virginia, 1935.  Untitled. , Credit: Ben Shahn. Library of Congress, public domain
Thrill to the slides, syncopations and flatted notes of the blues … in old-time, bluegrass and country music. These styles are all closely intertw...

  • Added: Sep 24, 2018
  • Length: 57:01
Caption: Frank Lee and Allie Burbrink are among the artists with new albums featured on this week’s Across the Blue Ridge.  From Bryson City, NC, they present an interesting mix of old-time, gospel, blues and bluegrass-infused acoustic music.  , Credit: Terri Clark Photography, courtesy Frank Lee & Allie Burbrink
This week we hear a solid selection of classics from the early days of bluegrass music – the 1940s and 1950s. Hear the evolution from Bill Monroe’...

  • Added: Sep 17, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: The Piney Woods Boys with Margaret Martin (L-R Wayne Martin, Matt Haney, Jim Collier, Margaret Martin) onstage at Muddy Creek Music Hall.  Three of the four band members were personally acquainted with the late Doc Watson and his family.  Their show explo, Credit: Paul Brown
Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson (1923-2012) was a North Carolina mountain musician who made a global impact, playing fully traditional music, rockabilly, ...

  • Added: Sep 12, 2018
  • Length: 57:03
Caption: This week we hear a broad selection of traditional southern mountain music, plus a preview of an Across the Blue Ridge special concert at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem on Saturday, October 6 at 3PM, Credit: Paul Brown
This week … a preview of a special Across the Blue Ridge concert in conjunction with an exhibition of Dorothea Lange’s Dust Bowl era photos. Feat...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2018
  • Length: 56:56
Caption: Rhiannon Giddens, pictured here on a North Carolina Folk Festival poster, is guest curator at the inaugural North Carolina Folk Festival September 7-9, 2018.  In addition to performing, she will host a banjo history symposium. She is bringing performers t, Credit: Paul Brown
This week’s program provides a window into the upcoming North Carolina Folk Festival. The three-day event in Greensboro, North Carolina is a local...

  • Added: Aug 28, 2018
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Near the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.  , Credit: Paul Brown
Hear the music of a fabulous songster this week – Jim Eanes, a southside Virginia son of immigrant parents who made good in bluegrass, classic coun...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: The Bogtrotters were a Galax, Virginia-area band – shown here in 1937 – active in the early years of the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention, which was founded in 1935.  (L-R Doctor W.P. Davis, Uncle Alec Dunford, Crockett Ward, Fields Ward, Wade Ward) This we, Credit: Library of Congress, Alan Lomax Collection.
This week we hear music from the past at the Galax, VA Old Fiddlers’ Convention. The event was founded in 1935 by the local Moose Lodge, and is no...

  • Added: Aug 13, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: Plott Balsam Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina.  , Credit: Paul Brown
No matter what you’re up to this summer, you’ll enjoy this program. It’s a cavalcade of sound, from comfortable classics to adventures in byways a...

  • Added: Aug 06, 2018
  • Length: 56:58