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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: 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
Caption: A powerful and haunting rendition of “Washington’s March” performed by the late West Virginia fiddler Edden Hammons features on the Fourth of July segment in this Across the Blue Ridge episode.  , Credit: Paul Brown
This Fourth of July week show explores the confluence of American and British sounds of the American Revolution in the contemporary U.S.

  • Added: Jun 26, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Payne Cotton Mill Girls, by Lewis Hine, 1909, Macon, Georgia. This week’s Across the Blue Ridge presents music of memory, loss and hope. , Credit: Public Domain, National Archives & Records Administration.
This week, as gardens come in, people start out on summer trips to home places and family, we hear a selection of songs reflecting the southern att...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2017
  • Length: 57:00
Caption: Cousin Emmy (Cynthia May Carver) is one of the many entertainers we hear on this week’s Across the Blue Ridge listening session. , Credit: Paul Brown Collection
The first of this year’s Across the Blue Ridge summer listening sessions brings us a wonderful selection of old and new songs and tunes demonstrati...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2017
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters,  a powerful and charming old time mountain string band with a rich history, are our featured performers on this episode of Across the Blue Ridge.  L-R Josh Ellis, Eddie Bond, Dennis Hall, Bonnie Bond, Caroline Beverly, Credit: Paul Brown
This week we hear a fabulous Muddy Creek Music Hall stage performance from The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, one of the finest mountain string ...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2017
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Wade Ward (l.) and Charlie Higgins were two of the most revered old time musicians from the southwest of Virginia in and around the town of Galax.  We hear from them and others in a program focusing on Virginia traditional musicians.   , Credit: John Cohen
This week, as the fiddlers’ convention season in the south really gets underway, we check out some songs and tunes old and new from the Virginia mo...

  • Added: May 30, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Across the Blue Ridge host Paul Brown (L) and David Bragger jam at The Old Time Tiki Parlour, Bragger’s home and studio in Los Angeles.  Bragger is a musician and documenter who is recording as many current roots musicians as he can.   , Credit: Lisa Bragger
The allure of traditional southern music has spread across the U.S. and around the world. Case in point: David Bragger is a Los Angeles audio-video...

  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: The Delmore Brothers of Alabama, early country music stars, have influenced generations of harmony singers and guitarists. We hear them on this episode of Across the Blue Ridge, plus a Doc Watson interpretation of a Delmore Brothers song.   , Credit: Paul Brown
The Mountains of Music Homecoming is just around the bend. The movable feast of roots music takes place in communities around southwestern Virgini...

  • Added: May 16, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Lightnin’ Wells regales the audience at Muddy Creek Music Hall with stories and songs from blues, old time, bluegrass, ragtime and jazz traditioins.  He’s the featured performer on this edition of Across the Blue Ridge.  , Credit: Paul Brown
Mike “Lightnin’” Wells brings traditions together in his entertaining, informative and down-home one-man shows.

  • Added: May 11, 2017
  • Length: 56:59
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This week we take a moment at Merlefest – not for the main stage acts, but with the community of jammers at festivals. Beyond that, we hear a fine...

  • Added: May 09, 2017
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Del McCoury reaches back to the era of singles.  He and his band are on a streak of releasing single songs, rather than waiting to complete entire albums.   We hear the latest on this week’s Across the Blue Ridge.  , Credit: Del McCoury Band
Del McCoury reaches back to the era of singles. He and his band are on a streak of releasing single songs, rather than waiting to complete entire ...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2017
  • Length: 56:56
Caption: Jerry Douglas (l.) and Aly Bain host the Transatlantic Sessions, in the U.S. for the first time this year.  One stop will be Merlefest in North Carolina.  , Credit: Merlefest
A festival that started small at Wilkes Community College in North Carolina has become one of the most enthusiastically supported roots music event...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2017
  • Length: 56:57
Caption: Mac Benford, a member of the Highwoods Stringband in the 1970s, reminisces this week on how he came to old time music and wound up in a highly influential band.  , Credit: Paul Brown
One outcome of the folk music boom of the 1950s and ‘60s was an increased interest in the music from which much pop and folk had sprung: old-time a...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2017
  • Length: 56:58
Caption: Buddy Pendleton of Patrick County, VA was one of the world’s great old time and bluegrass fiddle players.  We offer some of his music and a remembrance of his life.  , Credit: Michael Abraham
This week we profile Buddy Pendleton (1935-2017), a remarkably talented and fluid Patrick County, Virginia fiddle player whose repertoire spanned o...

  • Added: Apr 03, 2017
  • Length: 57:00