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 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: Sarah Ogan Gunning was a traditional Kentucky singer – and an activist writer of work songs and union organizer in the coalfields of the Cumberland Plateau.  Hear about her, listen to her music, and find out about other women musicians famous and unknown , Credit: Ellen Stekert, Folk-Legacy Records
We conclude our two-part Blue Ridge Music Trails feature on women in old-time music with more of Alice Gerrard’s presentation at the Earle Theater ...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2018
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: The Coon Creek Girls were an early women’s country music ensemble who made a hit in Kentucky and beyond during the 1930s. We hear them, plus other women mountain musicians who went largely unnoticed, on this ATBR episode.  , Credit: Berea College, Southern Appalachian Archives, John Lair Collection
This week, in addition to some traditional bluegrass and country classics, we hear some great bluegrass and old time music from women both famous a...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2018
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Dewey and Leslie Brown & The Carolina Gentlemen at the Browns’ revived Liberty Showcase Theater in Liberty, NC. The band performs a combination of new songs and bluegrass and old-time standards, playing an active role in the evolution of tradition.  Our B, Credit: Pual Brown
This week we hear a fascinating selection of early old-time string band recordings. And in our latest Blue Ridge Music Trails episode, we visit a r...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
Caption: Blue Ridge Mountains, western North Carolina. , Credit: Ken Thomas, public domain
This week we take a tour through traditions of geographic place, culture, and heritage. We’ll hear some wonderful fiddle tunes and songs from West ...

  • Added: Mar 26, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
Caption: This week’s ATBR episode is a listening session featuring both classics and new recordings showcasing sounds of the southern mountains.  , Credit: Alex Grichenko, public domain
This week we hear a fine collection of classic songs and tunes, plus some new recordings. It’s a music-packed hour with songs from the Knuckle Kno...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2018
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Vivian Leva is creating new songs and fresh approaches to old mountain classics.  Her premiere album, Time Is Everything, features both, and we hear selections on this week’s Across the Blue Ridge episode.  , Credit: Oliva Siegel, courtesy Vivian Leva
This week we showcase the premiere album of a young singer and songwriter steeped in traditional Blue Ridge mountain music. Vivian Leva – who’s be...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: We profile the Jones House Community Center in Boone, NC this week in the latest episode of ATBR’s Blue Ridge Music Trails series.  Hear about the history of the house, and how it has become a vibrant center for traditional music, attracting students, per, Credit: Jones House Community Center
The Jones House Community Center in Boone, NC is the latest stop on our Blue Ridge Music Trails series. We hear from director Mark Freed about the...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: The Maddox Brothers and Rose are among the many artists featured on this week’s show.  The Alabama siblings migrated to California during the Great Depression.  They found work at first picking crops, then made their way onto local radio and became much-l, Credit: Paul Brown collection
This week we cover a lot of audio territory, starting with some powerful fiddling from the early bluegrass era. Hear Paul Warren and Curly Ray Cli...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Algia Mae Hinton, North Carolina blueswoman, dancer and songster, lived a dramatic and often difficult life.  Her hardships and joys shone intensely through her music.  We take stock of her life in this Across the Blue Ridge  episode.  , Credit: Music Maker Relief Foundation
A great variety show this week, starting off with some powerful songs and tunes from the old-time and bluegrass evolution. Then we have an appreci...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Dewey Brown (l.) was bluegrass star Ralph Stanley’s last fiddle player, right up until Stanley’s death in 2016. Now Dewey and his wife Leslie (r.) are running a theater in Liberty, NC featuring live bluegrass and country music shows – and touring with the, Credit: Courtesy Dewey & Leslie Brown
This week we hear new songs from Vivian Leva and from Ralph Stanley’s last fiddler, Dewey Brown, and his wife, Leslie, with their band, The Carolin...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Caleb Caudle, a North Carolina country & Americana musician is our featured guest this week on Across the Blue Ridge.  His new album – his eighth – is out February 23.  , Credit: Andy Tennille, used with permission of Caleb Caudle
As usual, we open the show with a powerful collection of country, bluegrass and old-time songs and tunes, keeping us rooted in traditions as we exp...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: Kyle Creed was an influential banjo picker, luthier, fiddler and record producer in the Blue Ridge.  We feature him this week with two of his best fiddle tunes – Roscoe and Alabama Gals, both performed with the Camp Creek Boys, including Bobby Patterson o, Credit: Paul Brown
This week, we feature some classic Blue Ridge old time fiddle tunes and songs, from fiddlers Kyle Creed, Fred Cockerham, Tim Smith, and Tommy Jarre...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: ATBR host Paul Brown at WPAQ, the radio station where he got his start in professional broadcasting and journalism in the early 1980s.  WPAQ is featured in our Blue Ridge Music Trails series this week.  The commercial station in Mount Airy, NC has offered, Credit: Paul Brown
This week’s program starts with a powerful collection of fiddle tunes, bluegrass, and old time songs. From there, we move into our latest Blue Rid...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2018
  • Length: 56:56
Caption: John Lilly of West Virginia is our featured artist this week.  He’s an instrumentalist and songster whose latest album features a dozen songs about U.S. states.  His range  of styles and subjects reflects his experience in old time, bluegrass, and classic, Credit: Hobart Jones, courtesy John Lilly
This week we take a trip down memory lane to a few of the earliest mountain and classic country music recordings. And our journey back brings us to...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
Caption: The Blue Ridge Mountains, home to great music traditions, from Big Walker Overlook, US Highway 52, in southwest Virginia, 2017.  , Credit: Paul Brown.
This week we bring you some fine listening across styles for those cold winter days and nights. Fiddler Chubby Wise kicks things off and from ther...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2018
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: John “Curly” Seckler (1919-2017), helped set the classic bluegrass sound with Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys following World War II.  Seckler died at age 98 in late December, 2017, and we have an appreciation on this ATBR episode. , Credit: The Penny Parsons Company, used with permission
We enter 2018 with a satisfying selection of old-time, bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music – some standards you’ve heard, and some fasc...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2018
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Wayne Henderson (left) 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
We kick off the new year with a great selection of old time and bluegrass songs and tunes. Then we have excerpts from a Muddy Creek Music Hall show...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2017
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: This week’s program reprises Paul Brown’s NPR radio documentary from the 1990s on the Breaking Up Christmas tradition in the Blue Ridge mountains of northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia.  , Credit: J Denise Coalson, used with permission
Here’s a reprise of Paul Brown’s Breaking Up Christmas: A Blue Ridge Mountain Holiday, produced for NPR member stations and first aired in late 199...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2017
  • Length: 56:55
Caption: Thornton Spencer (left) with his daughter Martha Spencer, who apprenticed to her dad in fiddling through the Virginia Folklife Program.  Thornton Spencer recently passed away, and we present some of his musical life story and his playing on this Across th, Credit: Morgan Miller, Virginia Folklife Program
This week’s action-packed and music-packed program brings you the outstanding fiddling of Billy Hurt, Thornton Spencer, and Kilby Spencer; some hol...

  • Added: Dec 11, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: The Onlies (L-R Leo Shannon, Vivian Leva, Sami Braman, Riley Calcagno) bring great skill, creativity, and a deep love of tradition to their interpretation of traditional music and their own new songs and tunes.  Their May, 2017 concert at Muddy Creek Musi, Credit: Paul Brown
A new generation of highly skilled performers is putting new life into roots music. These artists are bringing traditional repertoire and their own...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2017
  • Length: 56:57