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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: ATBR host Paul Brown with Laura Boosinger, Executive Director of the Madison County, NC Arts Council.  On this episode, their conversation illuminates the music scene in the mountainous county – and we hear plenty of music to go with it.   , Credit: Lawrence Chrisman, courtesy Laura Boosinger
This week’s show features some strong old-time and bluegrass music right out of the gate, followed by in interview with Madison County, NC Arts Cou...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: This week we feature the soundscape of the Blue Ridge with a wonderful selection of songs and instrumentals.  Here, a view of Kibler Valley, in southwest Virginia, with the Blue Ridge mountains in the background.   , Credit: Paul Brown
This week we offer another satisfying listening session, with music that spans the mountain soundscape. Hear classic bluegrass from Bill Monroe, a...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2017
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: The Delmore Brothers, in a publicity photo from their heyday in the 1930s.  They played a major role in establishing the “brother duet” sound of close singing harmonies that persists in country and pop music today.   , Credit: Deborah Delmore, Public Domain
This week we present an encore broadcast of one of our popular “listening session” shows. We dig into the riches of early country music recordings...

  • Added: Oct 30, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Wayne Martin (l.), Executive Director of the North Carolina Arts Council, and ATBR’s Paul Brown get together for a conversation about the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina and their impact on the regional economy, communities, and children’s oppor, Credit: Terri McMurray, used with permission
This week, we kick off a series on North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Music Trails. Listen for a story or segment at least once a month, with some shorte...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2017
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: Maybelle Carter (seated, with guitar) leads off the new Crooked Road 2-CD album “A Century of Heritage Guitar Music” featured on this week’s Across the Blue Ridge.  The album comprising 52 tracks features both historic and contemporary Blue Ridge mountain, Credit: Victor Talking Machine Company, 1927, Public Domain
The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, has released a two-CD album titled “A Century of Heritage Guitar Music”. The 52 tracks include ...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Bobby Patterson (left), Kyle Creed (center) and Fred Cockerham at Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna, VA.  c. 1974.  Patterson was an outstanding musician from the tradition-rich Galax, Virginia area, and was also dedicated to recording music of the region and m, Credit: Kerry Blech, used with permission
Bobby Patterson, the Galax, Virginia-based musician and founder of the old time and bluegrass label Heritage Records, passed away in September of 2...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2017
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Che Apalache at Muddy Creek Music Hall.  L-R: Martin Bobrick, Joe Troop, Pau Andres Barjau Mateu, Franco Martino.  The band’s members found one another in Buenos Aires and play what they call “Latin Grass”, incorporating influences of American old-time an, Credit: Paul Brown
This week we feature exciting bluegrass and old time music from a Latin perspective, along with our usual classics from senior and contemporary art...

  • Added: Oct 03, 2017
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Elizabeth LaPrelle (left) and Anna Roberts-Gevalt appear at the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday, October 7, 2017.  They’re two of the artists spotlighted on this week’s Across the Blue Ridge.  , Credit: Blue Ridge Music Center
This week’s show brings us a fun listening opportunity in southern mountain fiddling. We hear a couple of great old time fiddlers – Bobby Taylor a...

  • Added: Sep 26, 2017
  • Length: 57:01
Caption: Angus McLachlan (left) of Winston-Salem, NC wrote and directed the new independent film Abundant Acreage Available, set in rural North Carolina.  Jeffrey Dean Foster, also of Winston-Salem, created the music.  They discuss the story, the creative process,, Credit: Paul Brown
This week we hear a selection of classic and new love songs, our artists ranging from Wilmer Watts, an early banjo songster and recording artist, t...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
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In most fields of endeavor, we can point to landmarks in progress – and to the people who create them through their contributions. This week on Ac...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2017
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: The Linville Gorge from Table Rock, North Carolina.  , Credit: Ken Thomas, Public Domain, kenthomasphotography.com
This week we kick things off with one of the greatest fiddlers ever – Chubby Wise – who helped define the bluegrass fiddling style. From there, we...

  • Added: Sep 05, 2017
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: The Sweetback Sisters are Zara Bode (left) and Emily Miller.  Hear the latest from this wonderful classic country and new songs duo and their backup band – and hear their story in an interview with ATBR host Paul Brown.     , Credit: Paul Brown
The Sweetback Sisters (Zara Bode & Emily Miller) perform a lively mix of classic country music, swing, and new songs and tunes, backed by a first c...

  • Added: Aug 28, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: The sun sets over Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.  , Credit: Public domain, www.goodfreephotos.com
As the U.S. has been roiled by racial tension and occasional violence in recent weeks, we present a program focusing on the sharing of traditions t...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers have a new album out containing both classic and new songs.  We hear selections on this week’s show.   (L to R: Mike Terry, Duane Sparks, Joe Mullins, Randy Barnes, Jason Barie) , Credit: Alane Anno, courtesy of Rebel Records
This week’s show is chock full of great singing and inspiring instrumentals. We hear from Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, a truly classic bluegr...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2017
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: The Stuart Brothers, Travis and Trevor, are among the featured artists on this week’s Across the Blue Ridge. They’re pictured here at the 2015 National Folk Festival in Greensboro, NC.   , Credit: Paul Brown
This week we have another great summer listening session featuring roots music artists from across the mountain south and beyond. From West Virgin...

  • Added: Aug 07, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: The Lonesome River Band, based in southwest Virginia, has been delighting audiences at bluegrass festivals and theater shows since the 1990s.   We feature the band, including life stories of its members, on this edition of Across the Blue Ridge.  , Credit: Paul Brown
The Lonesome River Band, under the leadership of banjo picker Sammy Shelor of Meadows of Dan, Virginia, is celebrating 35 years in 2017. It’s been...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2017
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Bill Monroe … the Foddrell Family of Patrick County, Virginia … Etta Baker … and Elizabeth Cotton are just some of the musicians featured on this week’s Across the Blue Ridge episode.  , Credit: Paul Brown
This week we take a fascinating trip … back in time! We start with some progressive bluegrass from fiddler Michael Cleveland and banjoist Alan Mun...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2017
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Renowned blues singer Bessie Smith was born and raised in Chatanooga, Tennessee, where she busked on the street as a girl to help support herself and her siblings.  She’s one of the artists featured this week, in a segment showcasing Tennessee musicians. , Credit: Carl Van Vechten for the Library of Congress. Public Domain.
Our summer listening sessions continue this week with a selection of music from Tennessee, some soulful and satisfying bluegrass singing, and a ban...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Earnest East (far left) is one of the featured musicians on this Across the Blue Ridge episode. The award-wining Surry County, NC player (1916-2000) was widely known, with his band The Pine Ridge Boys (L-R Earnest East, Mac Snow, Scotty East, Gilmer Woodr, Credit: Paul Brown Collection
It’s another fabulous summer listening program this week, perfect for time at home, a barbeque, vacations, or that long road trip. Hear early star...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Scenic Sunrise, Blue Ridge Mountains.  , Credit: Jean Beaufort, Public Domain
This week we hear selections from a new recording by Bobby Hicks – one of the greatest fiddlers in the history of bluegrass – and Mark Kuykendall. ...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2017
  • Length: 56:57