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Mountain Song and Story with Toni Doman

Mountain Song & Story tells the tales and Folklore of the people who make up the rich cultural tapestry of Central Appalachia. Showcasing influential Appalachian artisans and traditions through in depth interviews, music and storytelling “Mountain Song & Story” aims to promote our arts and culture for a greater understanding of the region.”

 

News from the Host

11/8/18

Episode 14 “HOME”

Here in Appalachia, leaving home to seek opportunities elsewhere is a reality for many young residents. The current lack of opportunity is a hot topic among young Appalachians, and you’ve most likely heard the stories – for years. Young people tend to leave their small rural towns and head off to major cities. But what happens we you move away from home? Today on the show we have some tunes that feature being homesick and some fitting folktales about leaving home.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, November 8th, 2018.

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Songs from this week’s show

Homesick – Jimmy Martin
Yum Yum – The Deslondes
Home – Roger Miller
This Town Gets Around – Margo Price
My Tennessee Mountain Home – Dolly Parton
In A Town This Size – John Prine
Let’s Go Home – George Jones
I’m on My Way Home Again – The Everly Brothers
This Town – Roger Miller
Bring It On Home To Me – Sam Cooke
Are You Homesick in Carolina – The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
Homeward Bound – Simon & Garfunkel
Take Me Home Country Roads – John Denver

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music Fisher’s Hornpipe and June Apple by Brittany Haas
A Little Pain – Margo Price

Resources and Additional Materials

Appalachia Will Always Be Home For Many Who’ve Left
Returning Home, These West Virginians Are Rewriting The Poetry of Appalachia
The Revivalist: Word From the Appalachian South
West Virginia’s “Home of the Millionaires”
What Exactly Is Appalachian Cuisine?
The Next Big Thing in American Regional Cooking: Humble Appalachia

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11/1/18

Episode 13 “Work Songs”

Today we dive into the theme of working – from traditional tunes to country favorites, throughout the history of Appalachia work has been a prominent theme in songs and tales. Today I’ve featured the popular and well known American folktale of the legendary John Henry, a steel driving man who is said to be a freed slave, and is immortalized in song as the ultimate working-class hero. Tune in to also here some interesting Appalachian history about work songs.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday November 1st, 2018.

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Songs from this week’s show

John Henry – Dave Van Ronk
9-5 – Dolly Parton
To the Work – Keb’ Mo’
Unloading Steel Rails (Library of Congress Audio Recording) – Henry Truvillion
Tall Buildings – Ana Egge
Working Girl Blues – Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
Working Man Blues – Merle Haggard
Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues – Jim Croce
John Henry – Amythyst Kiah
Chain Gang – Sam Cooke
Take This Job and Shove It – Johnny Paycheck
It’s Quittin Time – Keith Whitley
Detroit City ( I Wanna Go Home) – Bobby Bare (Ft. Chris Stapleton)
I Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow – Lynda Dawson & Pattie Hopkins

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music Fisher’s Hornpipe and June Apple by Brittany Haas
A Little Pain – Margo Price

Resources and Additional Materials

Virginia Traditions: Virginia Work Songs
Traditional Work Songs
Taking Swings at a Myth, With John Henry the Man
Appalachian Traditional Music – A Short History
John Henry: Hero of American Folklore
Bringing The Banjo From ‘Africa To Appalachia’
AMERICAN STORIES: John Henry (Story Segment Reading)
Unloading Steel Rails – Library of Congress Audio Recording

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10/25/18

Episode 12 “Halloween”

Today on Mountain Song and Story we are wrapping up a month long celebration of all things Halloween! From Appalachian murder ballads, to ghosts and witches, it’s been an October chock full of tales of the supernatural. Each week here on the show I love to dive in and feature regional folklore stories and music – today we take a look at the history of Halloween and feature tales of a variety of mysterious Appalachian monsters, haunted places and more. Check out the show to hear all about the Jersey Devil, the mysterious Mothman, and the haunted Rotherwood Mansion in Kingsport Tennessee.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Wednesday October 31st, 2018.

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Songs from this week’s show

Monsters Holiday – Buck Owens
Little Red Riding Hood – Sam Sham and The Pharaohs
Midnight in Montgomery – Alan Jackson
You’re The Devil in Disguise – Elvis Presley
Satan is Real – The Louvin Brothers
Devils in The Jukebox – Ray Lamontagne
I’ll Fly Away – Hank Williams Sr.
Two Story House – George Jones and Tammy Wynette
Old, Old, House – George Jones
Haunted House – Eilen Jewell
Haunted House – John Fogerty
The Cat Came Back – Sonny James
Fist City – Loretta Lynn
If We Forgot God – Charlie Bailey The Happy Valley Boys

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music Fisher’s Hornpipe and June Apple by Brittany Haas
A Little Pain – Margo Price

Resources and Additional Materials

Halloween 2018

The Jersey Devil and Folklore 

Mothman: The Enigma of Point Pleasant 

 Rotherwood: House of Hell 

The Real Story of the Mothman Prophecies

41 Spooky Facts About Halloween

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10/18/18

Episode 11 “Ghosts”

Ghosts. You’ve read stories about them, you’ve heard songs about them, you may have even seen one a time or two. Ghosts are a huge inspiration for entertainment, and if you’re like me some of us love the thrill of a good mystery. On the show today, I’ve featured some tales that are fitting with our ghostly theme of songs that highlight these mysterious apparitions. When ghosts are featured in a song, they can appear as central character and can also be figurative and even literal. Sometimes they come back to tell the narrator of the song a message from beyond, and sometimes they come back for vengeance. On this episode, I’ve featured some of these supernatural songs and also explain some of the history and inspiration behind the lyrics.

Be sure to check out past Mountain Song & Story shows – all month long in October I’ve been featuring the strange and supernatural in honor of Halloween!

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, October 11th, 2018.

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Songs from this week’s show

Ain’t No Grave – Johnny Cash
Ghost Train Four-Oh-Ten – Marty Stuart
Ghost On The Canvas – Glen Campbell
Wayfaring Stranger – Natalie Merchant
Brown Mountain Light – The Country Gentlemen
Bringing Mary Home – The Country Gentlemen
The Carroll County Accident – Porter Wagoner
Ghost Riders in the Sky – Johnny Cash
Long Black Veil – Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
Sittin’ Up With The Dead – Ray Stevens
Diggin Up Bones – Randy Travis
Unquiet Grave – Jean Ritchie

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music Fisher’s Hornpipe and June Apple by Brittany Haas
A Little Pain – Margo Price

Resources and Additional Materials

Ghost Stories in Song for Halloween

Appalachian Lifestyles – Superstitions

10 Global Versions Of The Lady In White Legend

Behind The Song: “Long Black Veil”

Why Do People Wear Black for Mourning? 

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10/11/18
Episode 10 “Witches”

Here in Appalachia, witches have a large role in Folklore and stories. You might have heard about some frightful Halloween tale about a witch haunting, like the story of the Bell Witch of Tennessee, which over the years has become a staple in Southern American Folktales. The story begins when a man by the name of John Bell moved his family to Tennessee. There they family began to be haunted by an evil spirit, eventually becoming known as the Bell Witch.

There are some very good witches that are worth mentioning through the history of Appalachia! In the past when early settlers and people of the mountains lived in isolated areas, often it wasn’t convenient to get access to hospitals and direct medical attention. So, people would often turn to the next best thing: witches. One type of witch someone might seek out, was a granny witch. They also might have been called other names, like a “Witch Doctor”. Having the title as a witch doctor in your community was actually a honor, as they often assisted people with their ailments,

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, October 11th, 2018.

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Songs from this week’s show

Wicked Old Witch – John Fogerty
Witch Trials – Town Mountain
Witchcraft – Frank Sinatra
Marie Laveau – Bobby Bare
Fatal Flower Garden – Nelstone’s Hawaiians
The Legend Of Wooley Swamp – The Charlie Daniels Band
Season of the Witch – Donovan
Under Your Spell Again – Buck Owens
The Witch Doctor Life – Captian Beefheart and The Magic Band
Psycho – Eddie Noack
Ghosts of Mississippi – The Steeldrivers
Polly Put The Kettle On – The Stuart Brothers-The Stuart Brothers
Long Black Veil – Johnny Cash

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music Fisher’s Hornpipe and June Apple by Brittany Haas
A Little Pain – Margo Price

Resources and Additional Materials

The Bell Witch Story

Granny Witches of Appalachia

The Foxfire Book Series That Preserved Appalachian Foodways

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10/4/18

Episode 9 “Appalachian Murder Ballads and More”

Country and Appalachian music has a rich history where early artists performed songs that covered a wide range of subject matter. Murder ballads have a deep history in the Appalachian mountains and in this episode we take a closer look at the history of some of these popular tunes and inspiration behind them. Acting as a subgenre of American Traditional Ballads, these songs are often derived from inspiration across cultures. They are seen in many genres of music from folk, country, bluegrass,rock, blues music and more. These ballads were often first written as poetry – designed to tell the tale of a murderer, and have been around for generations. The American South and folk music is strongly associated with these types of ballads and traditionally in folk and bluegrass style genres, common themes in songs might revolve around love, loss, heartache and death.

All throughout the month of October on the show we will be diving into the strange, spooky and spectacular!

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, October 4th, 2018.


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Songs from this week’s show

River Bottom – The Country Gentlemen
Banks of the Ohio – Doyle Lawson
Frankie and Johnny – Gene Autry
Long Black Veil – Johnny Cash
Kate McCannon- Colter Wall
Knoxville Girl – The Louvin Brothers
Don’t Weep For Me – Ralph Stanley
Little Omie – Wise – Doc Watson
Pretty Polly – Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Caleb Meyer – Gillian Welch
I Hung My Head – Johnny Cash

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music Fisher’s Hornpipe and June Apple by Brittany Haas
A Little Pain – Margo Price

Resources and Additional Materials

Killer Songs: The 10 Creepiest Country Murder Ballads

The 10 Best Murder Ballads

Southern Murder Ballads and Outlaw Folk Songs Based on True Stories

Eight of the Most Overlooked Bluegrass Murder Ballads

‘Poor Boy, You’re Bound to Die’ – Murder Ballads

Ten Murder Ballads That’ll Slay You

Murder by Gaslight: The Knoxville Girl

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9/20/18

Episode 8: “1927 Bristol Sessions”

In honor of the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Music festival, Our theme today is the historic 1927 Bristol Recording Sessions. First of all Bristol is 2 states – Virginia and Tennessee with two separate governments and one of the main reasons the town exists at all is because of the railroad. For over 100 years, the passenger rail in Bristol was the primary means of transportation around the area – those that lived in the area saw it all, from the Civil War to the late 1960s. There are also countless song about trains, which has been a big inspiration for songwriters and mountain folk who simply sang about their daily life. Bristol TN was named “Bristol” first, it wasn’t until 1890 that Virginia decided to change its name from “Goodson VA” to Bristol. The rail service that ran through the town dealt primarily with coal and freight traffic, but was also instrumental in bringing people and mail to the town, and like many southern towns, is a major reason why the town surround the rain way station grew economically and in population. The train service from ran continuously from 1856-1971. As trains were a common and popular subjects in many songs early 20th centuries, train songs could cover several themes – from railroad construction (like the tune about John Henry) to hobo life on the rails.

The sessions here were historic because they were innovative. Recording equipment was new at this time, and most Appalachian people who were long settled in the hills and valleys in rural communities often used music as a social pastime. And what I love about this music is that people weren’t really trying to strike it rich and become famous, they were playing music because it was part of their entertainment. They sang about what they knew. Heartache, love, loss, daily life, these are just some of the themes people sang about their experiences, and that’s part of what makes this music so genuine and honest.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, September 20th, 2018.

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Songs from this week’s show

Little Black Train – Carter Family
John Henry – Amythyst Kiah
Statesboro Blues – Taj Mahal
Good Enough – Molly Tuttle
Blue Yodel #9 – Jimmie Rodgers
Drinkin’ Dark Whiskey – The SteelDrivers
Sixteen Tons – Tennessee Ernie Ford
My Baby Makes Me Gravy – Dale Watson
Miles and Miles of Texas – Asleep at the Wheel
Set My Soul on Fire – The War and Treaty
Super 8 – Jason Isbell
Train on the Island – Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
I Hear Them All – Old Crow Medicine Show

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music Fisher’s Hornpipe and June Apple by Brittany Haas
A Little Pain – Margo Price

Resources and Additional Materials

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum 

Ghosts of Bristol: Haunting Tales from the Twin Cities

 Bristol Herald Courier – “We’re Here Because of Railroads” 

The Grand Ole Opry and WSM Since 1925 

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9/13/18

Episode 7: “Coal”

Appalachia and coal mining. Way before early settlers found their way into the Appalachian hills and mountains, this region was wild.  Here among the rolling hills there was once a time and place virtually hidden from the outside world and only uncharted, rugged mountain wilderness could be found. By the time early settlers called these mountains and valleys their home, a unique Appalachian culture formed here – largely because of the region’s isolation. Appalachian has a rich history of people, culture and heritage. Over time coal mining soon became part of that heritage. Throughout history here in Appalachia, there are countless songs and tales about coal mining and its impact on not only the landscape, of but the people.

A popular tune that highlights the everyday life of a coal miner is the song, “Sixteen Tons” which was originally written by Merle Travis and first released in July of 1947 from Capitol Records on Travis’ album “Folk Songs of the Hills”. It was gained popularity from the 1955 version by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, September 13th, 2018.

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Songs from this week’s show

Miners’ Prayer – Dwight Yoakam
You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive – Patty Loveless
Dark as a Dungeon – The Chieftains Featuring Vince Gill
Paradise – John Prine
Coal – Tyler Childers
Coal Miner’s Blues – The Carter Family
Sixteen Tons – Merle Travis
Sixteen Tons – Tennessee Ernie Ford
Acony Bell – Gillian Welch
Coal Miner’s Daughter – Loretta Lynn
Angel From Montgomery – John Prine & Bonnie Rait
I’m a Coal Mining Man – Tom T. Hall
Some Dark Holler – Dwight Yoakam
Blowing in the Wind –  Willie Nelson

Intro and theme music “Omie Wise” (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music “Fisher’s Hornpipe” and “June Apple” by Brittany Haas
“A Little Pain” – Margo Price

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Albums covers for Tennessee Ernie Ford, who’s hometown is Bristol TN, and Merle Travis. Both artists recorded versions of the popular coal mining tune “Sixteen Tons”. Also pictured is a coal mining illustration. 

Resources and Additional Materials

 Did Coal Miners “Owe Their Souls to the Company Store? Theory and Evidence from the Early 1900s 

Mining Folklore, The Midnight Society

West Virginia Coal Mining’s Dark Past

The Violent Remaking of Appalachia

Tommy Knockers: A California Ghost Story

Miner Folklore And Superstitions, Coal Region History Chronicles

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9/6/18

Episode 6: “Hounds”

            

Throughout history, humans have found companionship in four legged friends and companions – the dog. There are many stories centered around them and they actually have a pretty large role in myths and folklore throughout different cultures and time. Dogs symbolize loyalty and friendship, but are also closely associated with death in many English and European stories. You might have heard tales of “The Grim” – a large black dog and nocturnal creature that often appears in the night to foretell death  – The Grims origins can be traced back to mythology of the British Isles, but appear in more modern day settings, like the “Hound of the Baskervilles” the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle and even in The Harry Potter Universe (swoon). Here in Appalachian, dogs have been a central part of rural history, from hunting to farming, to the theme and inspiration for countless songs.

On today’s show we dive into to some spooky stories and folklore about devil dogs, including “The Black Dog of the Blue Ridge”, a tale by Mrs. R.F. Herrick  from the Journal of American Folklore from 1907. WOOF!

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, September 6th, 2018.

Above – Various photos of people and their dog companions.

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Songs from this week’s show

“Hound Dog” – Elvis Presley
“Dog” Charlie Parr
“Lawdog” – Town Mountain
“Move It On Over” – Hank Williams
“Hound Dog” – Big Mama Thornton
“Hellhound on my Trail” – Robert Johnson
“Chattanooga Dog” – Jimmy Martin
“Devils in the Jukebox” – Ray Lamontagne and the Pariah Dogs
“Ole Rattler” – Grandpa Jones
“Tennessee Hound Dog” – The Osborne Brothers
“Black Dog Blues” – Russell Morris
“Mr. Bojangles” – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Intro and theme music “Omie Wise” (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music “Bonaparte’s Retreat/ Yell in the Shoats” and “Breakneck Hill” by Brittany Haas, Lena Jonsson
“The Twilight Zone Theme” from Retrospectre (Halloween Themes)
“A Little Pain” – Margo Price

Resources and Additional Materials

The Black Dog of the Blue Ridge

The Hell Hound of Appalachia

The Black Dog of the Blue Ridge, Journal of American Folklore (1907)

Dog Folklore and Legends 

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8/30/18

Episode 5: “Bootlegging Women and Moonshine”

Daisy Simpson, known as the “Lady Hooch Hunter”, was one of the first women Prohibition Agents in the early 1920s.

Daisy Simpson, known as the “Lady Hooch Hunter”, was one of the first women Prohibition Agents in the early 1920s.

Moonshine. In. Appalachia. Moonshine actually has a heavy history here in Appalachia and in the US, and the term moon-shining literally describes the process – the fact that people make “shine” at “night” so to stay hidden from authority. With a rich history in the southern Appalachian mountains, the mountain people at one point in history actually could have a pretty substantial income moon-shining. It’s even portrayed in symbols relating to mountain culture, like the mountaineer, who represents individualism and self reliance and resistance to outside authority. While now, moon-shining is a fading tradition. Sugar prices tripled in the 1950s, a main ingredient in moonshine. Quite a few bootleggers were driven out of business at the time. The economy has since changed creating different opportunities for young men that might formerly have gone into moon-shining. On today’s show, we take a closer look into the history and stories surrounding moonshine, bootleggers, and some prominent, sometimes notorious women associated with distinctly Appalachian booze.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, August 30th 2018.

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    Songs from this week’s show

“Chug a Lug”- Roger Miller
“Hurtin’ (On The Bottle)” – Margo Price
“Rye Whiskey” – Punch Brothers
“Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin” – Loretta Lynn
“Bluebird Wine”- Rodney Crowell
“White Lightning” – George Jones
“Whiskey with Tears” – Town Mountain
“Whiskey and You” – Chris Stapleton
“Drinkin Dark Whiskey Telling White Lies” – The Steeldrivers
“Mountain Dew” – Grandpa Jones
“Out on a Drunk / Honky Tonk Flame” – Tyler Childers
“Tequila” – Jim Reeves

Intro and theme music “Omie Wise” (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music “Fisher’s Hornpipe” and “June Apple” by Brittany Haas
“A Little Pain” – Margo Price

 Resources and Additional Materials

Women Bootleggers and Women Prohibition Agents

On Exhibit: “Lady Hooch Hunter”. Pieces of History, National Archives

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Women Bootleggers

Prohibition Agent Georgia Hopley

It’s All Legal Until You Get Caught: Moonshining in the Southern Appalachians

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Above – Documents relating to Daisy Simpson, a famous female Prohibition Agent from the 1920s.  Daisy Simpson was a one of the very few women who became field agents.

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8/23/18

Episode 4: “Snakes”

Snakes. Alot of people are afraid of them. But are they misunderstood creatures? Snakes are found in stories and folklore across numerous cultures and serpent mythology is strongly tied to the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Has anyone ever told you that they keep a rattlesnake rattle in the body of their fiddle or mandolin? Many musicians today keep a rattle inside of their instruments swearing that it helps create a sweeter sound or maybe it’s for magic and just plain good luck. Today, were going to be diving into some myths and stories surround the topic of snakes. Welcome to Mountain Song & Story!

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, August 23rd 2018.

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    Songs from this week’s show

“The Dreadful Snake” – Ralph Stanley
“Sneaky Snake” – Tom T. Hall
“Old Rattler” – Grandpa Jones
“Snake Eyes” – The Wood Brothers
“Shake, Rattle, and Roll” – Elvis Presley
“Snake Song”- Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
“The Snakes Crawl at Night” – Charley Pride
“The Viper” – Paul Lenart & Billy Novick
“Rattled” – The Traveling Wilburys
“Snake Mountain Blues” – Colter Wall
“Rattlesnakin Daddy” – Boots Woodall
“Snake Eyes” – The Milk Carton Kids
“Black Snake Moan” – Spencer Moore
“Snake Oil”- Steve Earle
“Who Do You Love” – Townes Van Zandt

Intro and theme music “Omie Wise” (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music “Fisher’s Hornpipe” and “June Apple” by Brittany Haas
“A Little Pain” – Margo Price

Resources and Additional Materials

Ghost of Fiddlers Rock, Strange Tales of the American South

Rattlesnakes Fangs, Fiddles and Folklore

 

 

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8/16/18

Episode 3: “Square Dancing”

This week we sat down with Tyler Hughes who hails from Big Stone Gap VA and learned about square dancing and more! Tyler is an avid musician and dance caller and during our interview we learned about some of the things he is doing to make an impact in SWVA and the Appalachian region. 

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, August 16th 2018.

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    Songs from this week’s show

“East Tennessee Blues” – Tommy Jackson
“Dance, Dance, Dance” Steve Miller Band
“Dearly Departed” – Shakey Graves
“Dance Around Molly” – Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
“Stay a Little Longer” – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
“Dance”- Roy Orbison

Audio Story Segment:
“At an Old-Time Dance (interview with Hobart Smith)”
Additional Audio:
“The Square Dance Fight”- Seven Foot Dilly pt. 2
Bugs Bunny Square Dance Audio

Intro and theme music “Omie Wise” (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music “Fisher’s Hornpipe” and “June Apple” by Brittany Haas
“A Little Pain” – Margo Price

 

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8/9/18

Episode 2: “Woodworking”

On this week’s episode of Mountain Song & Story, we sat down with Skip Herman, a luthier from Abingdon, VA. Skip is a musician and has been working restoring instruments for nearly 40 years. He currently owns an instrument repair shop located at his home and has combined his hobby of repairing instruments and his love or music together. Check out the full episode of Mountain Song & Story to hear my interview and more with Skip Herman.

Music from this week’s show relate to today’s theme in honor of my guest. A luthier is defined as a craftsman and a maker of instruments. Songs about woodworking, guitars, and the materials you would need to build an instrument are featured on today’s program.  

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Wednesday, August 15th 2018.

Tune in next week and thanks for stopping by!

Your Host,

Toni Doman

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    Songs from this week’s show

“My Heart Skips a Beat”- Buck Owens
“Setting the Woods on Fire”- Hank Williams
“Me and My Guitar” – Tony Rice
“Tried and Tempted”- The Wood Brothers
“Cumberland Gap” – Woody Guthrie
“Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar”- Norman Blake
“Lonesome Pine” – Blue Highway
“Maple on the Hill” – Albert Ash and the Whitetop Mountain Band
“Rosewood Casket” – Dolly Parton
“Samson and Delilah” – Willie Watson

Intro and theme music “Omie Wise” (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music “Fisher’s Hornpipe” and “June Apple” by Brittany Haas
Interview Sound Engineer assistance by KT Vandyke

 

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8/2/18

Lavender stocks from the gardens at Beagle Rige Herm Farm in Wytheville VA.

Episode 1 “Gardens and Everything In Between

Welcome to very first episode of Mountain Song & Story! A new program on Radio Bristol that takes you beyond the lyrics of our Appalachian sound. Mountain Song & Story tells the tales and Folklore of the people who make up the rich cultural tapestry of Central Appalachia. Showcasing influential Appalachian artisans and traditions through in depth interviews, music and storytelling “Mountain Song & Stories” aims to promote our arts and culture for a greater understanding of the region.

Part of Mountain Song & Story is to showcase interesting artisans and this week I made a visit to the Beagle Ridge Herb Farm located in Wytheville, Virginia and spoke with owner and educator Ellen Reynolds to learn all about the farm’s local and regional impact. Ellen hosts educational classes and workshops at the farm and specializes in growing Lavender.  Beagle Ridge is home to beautiful display gardens, hiking trails, butterfly gardens, and educational opportunities relating to gardening  and everything in between.

Music this week relates to today’s show theme of “Gardens and Everything in Between”. You can listen to my interview with Ellen and the full episode of Mountain Song & Story here on this page under the show archives. Check out the Beagle Ridge website at https://beagleridge.org/ to learn more.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Monday August 6th, 2018

We’ll see you next week!

Your host,

Toni Doman

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    Songs from this week’s show

“Wildwood Flower”- The Carter Family
“So Long Honeybee, Goodbye” – Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three
“Honey, Honey” – The Milk Carton Kids
“A Little Honey” – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
“Hummingbird” – Traveller
“Turtle Dove and The Crow” – Mandolin Orange
“Tall, Tall Trees” – Roger Miller
“The Parakeet” – James Hand
“Fiddlehead Fern” -Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
“Forgotten Flowers” – John Fullbright

Intro and theme music “Omie Wise” (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music “Fisher’s Hornpipe” and “June Apple” by Brittany Haas
Interview Sound Engineer assistance by KT Vandyke

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