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.

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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... Show full description


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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
Caption: High Fidelity is one of two bands of young adults featured this week on Across the Blue Ridge who are intentionally continuing traditions, playing the sounds they like.  High Fidelity presents classic bluegrass. Also on the show, Steam Machine, whose repe, Credit: Russ Carson, courtesy Rebel Records.
This week we enjoy a selection of powerful traditional old time, pre-bluegrass and bluegrass music. As we take a little tour of the evolution of b...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Frank Newsome of southwest Virginia is an Old Regular Baptist preacher – and a compelling singer of the ancient style of gospel music prevalent in his denomination. A new album features him singing solo, rather than with a congregation.  On this ATBR epis, Credit: Pat Jarrett, Virginia Humanities, courtesy Free Dirt Records.
This week we hear haunting Old Regular Baptist gospel singing – from the preacher himself, without the congregation. Frank Newsome’s new album, Go...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Samantha Bumgarner (above) and her musical partner Eva Davis were the first women to record commercially in the country music industry.  They traveled from western North Carolina to New York City to do it. We hear a song from their very first disc, Cindy , Credit: Library of Congress, Public Domain
Unvarnished old-time mountain fiddle and banjo tunes figure in this week’s episode, from Surry County, North Carolina and the surrounding area, lon...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2018
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: The Revelers, from Louisiana, feature in an upcoming Blue Ridge Music Center concert that calls attention to the broad reach of the late Joe Wilson’s career.  Wilson was a former head of the National Council for the Traditional Arts; he conceived and spea, Credit: Lee Celano, courtesy The Revelers
Summer listening sessions continue with a wonderful selection of classic bluegrass and crossover bluegrass honky-tonk. Hear Reno & Smiley, the Mad...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: We profile Bill Dillof, who died recently and unexpectedly, on this Across the Blue Ridge episode.  An attorney who left his career and devoted much of his energy to old-time and traditional music as a performer and scholar, Dillof demonstrated unquenchab
Our summer listening sessions continue this week with a fine selection of new recordings. Hear a Canadian band that bridges the gaps between old-t...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2018
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Asa Martin (shown here on a British reissue cover) was a country music recording pioneer who’s largely unknown today.  But he recorded many songs that have become standards – and we hear two of them on this week’s show.   , Credit: Publicity photo c. 1934, public domain, Paul Brown collection
This week we explore the highways and byways of traditional country music. Hear classic old time and bluegrass songs, a couple of live recordings...

  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Wayne Henderson (l.) and Presley Barker (center) with ATBR host Paul Brown at Muddy Creek Music Hall.  This week’s show presents excerpts from their July, 2017 performance.  Daniel Greeson joins Wayne and Presley on fiddle for a tune as well.  , Credit: Shana Whitehead
Here’s an encore edition of a listener favorite – a performance by guitar wizards Wayne Henderson and Presley Barker at Muddy Creek Music Hall in J...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: Rick Ward, banjo maker, player, and ballad singer, of the Beech Mountain community in western North Carolina.  Here he’s holding a traditional mountain banjo he and his father made from parts found in Rick’s grandfather’s shop.  Rick is among the performe, Credit: Paul Brown
This week we hear from singer, banjo player and luthier Rick Ward; old-time musician and songwriter Trevor McKenzie with Terri McMurray and Paul Br...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Unidentified musicians, Memphis, c. 1935.  This week’s Across the Blue Ridge episode features some well known and some nearly unknown traditional musicians in a listening session that brings us sounds we seldom hear today.   , Credit: Ben Shahn for Farm Security Administration. Public domain.
A listening session this week features brilliant southern mountain and piedmont musicians of the past who don’t get a lot of exposure on radio thes...

  • Added: Jun 04, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: The remnants of a goat farm in Winston-Salem, NC.  This week’s Across the Blue Ridge features a broad selection of regional music, plus a look ahead to a special event at the Blue Ridge Music Center on June 15.  , Credit: Paul Brown
This week, a tremendous selection of old-time mountain, bluegrass and Americana music from bands old and new. Plus … a visit with Richard Emmett o...

  • Added: May 29, 2018
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Hazel Dickens (1935-2011), West Virginia-born singer, activist and songwriter, is inducted in June into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame in Wilkesboro, NC.  The Hall of Fame is getting new, expanded space for exhibits on its inductees this year.  , Credit: UNC Southern Folklife Collection, Free Artist License
As the festival and fiddlers’ convention season gathers steam with events all over the mountain south, we find out about the Blue Ridge Music Hall ...

  • Added: May 21, 2018
  • Length: 57:01
Caption: Jimmy Duck Holmes is the special guest artist at this year’s Mountains of Music Homecoming in southwest Virginia.  He continues the traditional acoustic blues guitar style of Bentonia, Mississippi.  , Credit: Courtesy The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail
The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, presents its fourth annual Mountains of Music Homecoming June 8-16. It’s a movable feast of mus...

  • Added: May 14, 2018
  • Length: 56:59