February’s Farm and Fun Time Spreads Love Far and Wide

This year Farm and Fun Time fell on February 14 – a.k.a. Valentine’s Day – and we were feeling the love throughout the show! Thanks to our sponsor Eastman Credit Union, Radio Bristol was able to bring Farm and Fun Time to not only those in the audience or tuned in to WBCM-LP, but to viewers far and wide via Facebook Live. Be sure to like WBCM – Radio Bristol on Facebook to tune in every month!

Host band Bill and the Belles kicked off the show, and soon after, a special Valentine’s Day surprise was in store for our audience. Appalachian Express, a men’s chorus that has been performing in the region since 1968, gathered around the mic and sang the romantic favorite “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” After this Farm and Fun Time first, Bill and the Belles sang songs of love, including the classic “Whispering.” For our “Heirloom Recipe” segment, we were joined by Buck Ford, the son of Bristol’s own Tennessee Ernie Ford. Buck, a man with a personality as big as his father’s legacy, told the audience about his father’s cornbread dressing and his mother’s gumbo, two dishes that fed everyone from Hollywood’s elite to the poorest working musicians and everyone in between. To celebrate, Bill and the Belles crooned a jingle entitled “I’m Hungry.” And the audience was too after this segment!

Bill and the two Belles gather around one mic to sing; the Appalachian Express quartet, all wearing red vests, sing together; and Buck Ford reads his story of family recipes.

Bill and the Belles in harmony; the Appalachian Express quartet delivers a Valentine’s favorite; and Buck Ford, in honor or his dad’s 100th birthday, shares two family recipes and their stories. © Birthplace of Country Music; photographer: Billie Wheeler

Our first musical guest of the evening was none other than Kingsport, Tennessee’s own Beth Snapp. A favorite with audiences in the Tri-Cities and beyond, Beth and her immensely talented band of local musicians captured our audience’s attention with a number of songs from her recent Don’t Apologize EP. Beth’s music takes listeners to a timeless place while reflecting on distinctly modern problems. Sharing experiences that are common among her peers yet seldom addressed musically, her “Confessions of an Exhausted Thirty-Something” is a piece that soothes the savage millennial soul. We look forward to hearing more from Beth in the future!

Left pic: A close up of Beth Snapp singing into the mic and playing her guitar; top right: the whole band playing on stage with Beth Snapp in the middle; bottom right: a close up of the band's fiddler and banjo player.

Beth Snapp, accompanied by a host of talented musicians, brought laughter and emotion to the audience through her personal songs. © Birthplace of Country Music; photographer: Billie Wheeler

This month’s “Farm Report” showcased Campbell Farms of Lebanon, Virginia. Philip and Donnie Campbell are the third generation of Campbells to carry on the traditions on the family farm, including that of making maple syrup. Check out this video from our visit:

Following the “Farm Report,” Bill and the Belles performed Tennessee Ernie Ford’s classic “Milk’em in the Evening Blues” to commemorate the legendary entertainer’s 100th birthday. Our last musical guest of the evening was Americana songwriter and Free Dirt Records recording artist Rachel Baiman. Blending old-time fiddle and banjo with songs that address everything from social issues to the environment, Baiman is a compelling performer with a style all her own. Baiman’s set featured her original compositions “Shame” and “Thanksgiving,” and one of our Radio Bristol favorites, “Never Tire of the Road.”

Left pic: Baiman, flanked by the guitarist and bassist, sings into the mic; right pic: A close up of Baiman at the mic.

Rachel Baiman wowed the crowd with her hard-hitting songs and eclectic style. © Birthplace of Country Music; photographer: Billie Wheeler

Thanks to everyone who came and shared the Farm and Fun Time love this Valentine’s Day! Tickets are on sale for March’s Farm and Fun Time featuring Bruce Molsky and Mountain Drifters and Kaia Kater, and host band Bill and the Belles. We hope to see you there!

Kris Truelsen announces the winner of the maple syrup at the mic, with Leah Ross holding the jar of tickets and the gift bag waiting for the winner.

An added bonus to February’s Farm and Fun Time: a giveaway to one lucky audience member of a mason jar of maple syrup from Campbell Farms! © Birthplace of Country Music; photographer: Billie Wheeler

Production Assistant at Radio Bristol

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