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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: 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
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: Nov 27, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton are two outstanding musicians from outside the South whose music is infused with influences from the southern mountains.  On this episode of Across the Blue Ridge, they discuss how their many intersections with people and m, Credit: Paul Brown
This week we feature Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton, a musical duo bringing to bear northern, southern, classical, old time, rock and other tradit...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
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