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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.

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 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 by PRX's SubAuto. 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 Monroe (second from right) and His Blue Grass Boys were early Grand Ole Opry stars who refashioned mountain music into the new genre called bluegrass. , Credit: nativeground.com
This week we dig into the riches of early country music recordings to hear classics of old time mountain, white and African-American gospel, blues,...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2017
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Archie Edwards (1918-1998) was a barber in the Washington, DC area and a fine blues guitarist and singer who regularly welcomed other musicians to his shop for jam sessions.  , Credit: bygonebrookland.com
This week we hear a tremendously varied selection of solid bluegrass music; old time fiddling from field recordings; classic piedmont blues, and ne...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2017
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: Blue Highway is one of the Grammy-nominated Bluegrass bands featured on this week’s Across the Blue Ridge.  , Credit: bluehighwayband.com
This week we take a detour from the old dirt roads and head for the 2017 Grammy Awards. Listen to selections from the five bluegrass albums nomina...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2017
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: The Jeff Little Trio (L-R Jeff Little, Josh Scott, Steve Lewis) brings piano into a new generation of southern roots music, performing a range of old-time music, bluegrass, blues, jazz, swing and more. , Credit: Paul Brown
Southern roots music is much more than today’s typical bluegrass combination of banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass and mandolin. Piano is among the many i...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2017
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: Rex McGee, an innovative and respected musician from Stokes County, NC, Credit: Paul Brown
Rex McGee of Stokes County, North Carolina displays a restless intelligence from the moment you encounter him. Raised on the family farmstead, son ...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2017
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Bluegrass and country star Mac Wiseman is out with another new album at age 91. Here he talks with ATBR host Paul Brown in his Nashville home.  , Credit: Paul Brown
Mac Wiseman is one of the last of the original generation of bluegrass players. And he’s much more than that. He’s a farm boy-turned-musician, a ...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2017
  • Length: 57:00
Caption: Becky Hobbs is both a gritty and sincere country singer and a fine songwriter.  She’s one of the performers we hear on this week’s “Across the Blue Ridge”.  , Credit: BeckyHobbs.com
This week we hear a fabulous bluegrass fiddle tune from Corinna Logsdon of High Fidelity … plus a gritty country song from Becky Hobbs … and the Al...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2017
  • Length: 57:00
Caption: Frank Bode (second from left) played with most of the top old time string bands in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia.  His music is featured on this edition of Across the Blue Ridge.  (L-R Barbara Poole, Frank Bode, Ginger Bode, Terri McMurr, Credit: Bettie Clifton
This week, we hear a fine selection of bluegrass and old time songs and tunes. Melodic bluegrass banjo player Alan Munde; singers Dale Ann Bradley...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2017
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: Alan Jabbour was a master fiddler, scholar and folklorist whose work influenced thousands of aspiring and established musicians.  , Credit: Library of Congress
Alan Jabbour, the founding director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, played fiddle, documented traditions and mentored o...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2017
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: John Cloyd Miller and Natalya Zoe Weinstein are Zoe & Cloyd, a North Carolina-based roots music duo embodying the modern American musical story of multiple backgrounds and influences.  , Credit: Paul Brown
This week we visit with Zoe & Cloyd, an acclaimed North Carolina roots duo whose combined musical heritage includes old time mountain, bluegrass, r...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2017
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Burl Hammons and his family, of West Virginia, carried a fascinating tradition of singing and instrumental performance and repertoire.   He’s one of many artists on this week’s Across the Blue Ridge.  , Credit: Carl Fleischhauer
This week’s Across the Blue Ridge presents a fine collection of musicians and styles perfect for wintertime listening. Host Paul Brown takes us th...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: (l-r) Bill Hicks, Jim Watson, Joe Newberry and Mike Craver present old time songs, fiddle tunes, and songs from popular plays they’ve performed in and produced.  , Credit: Paul Brown
This week Across the Blue Ridge presents Craver, Hicks, Watson & Newberry from their April, 2016 show at Muddy Creek Music Hall. Mike Craver, Bill...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2017
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: The original card sent to NPR member stations offering Breaking Up Christmas: A Blue Ridge Mountain Holiday, for 1996 broadcast.  , Credit: Illustration by Judy Magier
Two decades after the first broadcast of Paul Brown’s Breaking Up Christmas: A Blue Ridge Mountain Holiday on NPR member stations in late 1996, we ...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2016
  • Length: 56:55
Caption: The Nashville Bluegrass Band is one of many artists featured on this week’s Across the Blue Ridge holiday special.  L-R Mike Compton, Alan O'Bryant, Pat Enright, Stuart Duncan, Andy Todd.  , Credit: Señor McGuire
This week’s Across the Blue Ridge is a feast of good listening for the holidays. Host Paul Brown presents a great selection of gospel and secular ...

  • Added: Dec 19, 2016
  • Length: 56:56
Caption: Dori Freeman (l), Scott Freeeman (c) and Willard Gayheart (r), three generations of traditional musicians in a family with Virginia and Kentucky roots.  , Credit: Paul Brown
Dori Freeman grew up around Galax, Virginia, a location world-renowned for its intense and varied musical culture. Her familiarity with old time m...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2016
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Uncle Dave Macon was an uproarious entertainer in the old minstrel show, Vaudeville and medicine show styles, and an early Grand Ole Opry star.  , Credit: Public Domain
This week, in a rebroadcast of a popular show from May, 2016, we hear a broad selection of music from country music pioneers including Mac Wiseman,...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2016
  • Length: 56:54
Caption: Curly Seckler has helped establish the tradition of bluegrass harmony singing, and is also a great lead singer.  , Credit: Flatt & Scruggs TV show frame, 1950s.
This week we examine the career of bluegrass singer Curly Seckler, who turns 97 on Christmas Day 2016. A new biography is out by Penny Parsons, ti...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2016
  • Length: 56:56
Caption: West Virginia fiddler Wilson Douglas played in a decidedly old time style, with unexpected crooks and turns in his phrasing and timing.  , Credit: Brandon Ray Kirk
Thanksgiving is a time when many people think of hearth and home. This week’s Across the Blue Ridge brings us home and to thoughts of home. You’l...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2016
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Tommy Jackson (3rd from left) was the fiddler who defined the Nashville session style, backing stars including Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb.  But he died nearly forgotten in 1979.  , Credit: findagrave.com & Kim Inboden.
Tommy Jackson established the Nashville studio session fiddle style with his long bow, fluid double stops, and virtuosic fingering. But he died in...

  • Added: Nov 14, 2016
  • Length: 56:57