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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

11/14/19

Episode 50 “Folk Medicine and Remedies in Appalachia”

Artwork by Rosalie Haizlett Illustration

Appalachian Folk healing goes by many names: from folk magic to kitchen witchery these terms all refer to the practice of Folk Medicine. Here in Southern Appalachia the practice using plants, herbs, and what comes from the earth to heal illnesses, ward off evil, is a representation of independence and self-reliance among Mountain people. Today we’re digging into the magical and enchanting practice of Appalachian Folk Medicine! Today’s show also features a live story reading from the Foxfire collection, called “A Witch Tale” and research from the Archives of Appalachia, including some interesting remedies for common colds and other ailments.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, November 14th, 2019.

Songs and Stories From This Week’s Show

Cornbread, ‘Lasses and Sassafras Tea – Lonzo and Oscar
Ginseng Sullivan – Norman Blake
Ginseng Blues – Kentucky Ramblers
Sweet Fern – The Carter Family
Lost Indian – Rosie Newton
Black-Eyed Susie – The Dillards
Violet and the Rose – Cliff Waldron
Thinking About The Weather – John Lilly
Milk and Butter Blues – Big Joe Turner
In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree – Leon Redbone

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music by Brittany Haas, Produced by Darol Anger. All traditional old-time tunes.2004.

Special Thanks To

Archives of Appalachia
Ryan Bernard
Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Archives of Appalachia
The Long Tradition of Folk Healing Among Southern Appalachian Women
Rosalie Haizlett Illustration

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10/31/19

EPISODE 49 “All Hallows Eve

Today if officially Halloween, so this week we’re getting in the spirit and checking out some tales of Appalachian ghost stories and haunted places in Appalachia to celebrate! Today’s show features spooky stories and terrifying tunes, including a live reading from one of my favorite regional books, “The Haunted Valley and More Folk Tales of Appalachia” by James Gay Jones. Boo. 

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, October 31st, 2019.

Songs and Stories From This Week’s Show

Howlin’ At The Moon – Hank Williams
Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake – Ralph Stanley
I Put A Spell On You – Annie Lennox
Psycho – Eddie Noack
Season of the Witch – Donovan
I’m Your Boogie Man – KC & The Sunshine Band
Mr. Moonlight – Johnny Horton
The Ghost of Hank Williams – EmiSunshune
This Haunted House

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music by Brittany Haas, Produced by Darol Anger. All traditional old-time tunes.2004.

Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

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10/17/19

EPISODE 48 Black Cats”

What even is “The Wampus Cat”? Today on the show we find out, and feature all things black cat related! Black Cats have so many superstitions and mysterious attached to them in folklore and today’s show features some of these superstitions along with songs inspired by these felines.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, October 17th, 2019.

Songs and Stories From This Week’s Show

“Walking My Cat Named Dog” – Norma Tanega
“Cat’s in the Cradle” – Harry Chapin
“Stray Cat Strut” – The Stray Cats
“Nashville Cats” – The Del McCoury Band
“I’ll Always Be Your Fraulein” – Kitty Wells
“Season of the Witch” – Donovan
“If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out” – Cat Stevens
“Heart” – Rainbow Kitten Surprise
“Cats and Dogs” The Head and The Heart
“Amigo’s Guitar” – Kitty Wells
“You’ve Got A Friend” – James Taylor

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music by Brittany Haas, Produced by Darol Anger. All traditional old-time tunes.2004.

Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

The story of the Wampus Cat by Dave Tabler
Black Cat Superstition: Good and Bad Luck Beliefs
Black Cat Folklore: Exploring the Enduring Mythology

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10/10/19

EPISODE 47 Letterpress Design and Appalachian Poetry with Special Guest Candace Butler”

Today we talk all about Appalachian poetry, Letterpress and Design with special guest Candace Butler!

Candace Butler is a professional graphic designer and Appalachian poet residing in Abingdon, Virginia. Butler holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a focus in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction from Antioch University of Los Angeles. Her primary research and teaching interests are creative writing, graphic design, publishing, typography, and letterpress printing. She is a member of the AIGA as well as a ’Round the Mountain artisan. Butler is Editor-in-Chief of Wild Leek Press, an independent literary press focusing on letterpress printing and design.

Wild Leek Press (WLP) is an independent literary publisher from Sugar Grove, Virginia currently printing on the campus of Emory & Henry College, Emory, Virginia. The letterpress shop uses handset movable type and letterpress print blocks to print broadsides, chapbooks, and more. WLP has an antique book press and saddle stapler. Wild Leek Press is currently accepting donations, such as paper, letterpress items, metal and wood type, and monetary donations of any amount to fund projects. Visitors are welcome (by appointment).

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, October 10th, 2019.

Songs and Stories From This Week’s Show

Barbra Allen – Shirly Collins
Oxford Girl – Shirley and Dolly Collins
The Foggy Dew – Shirley Collins
Shady Grove – Doc Watson
Pretty Saro – Bob Dylan
The Cuckoo Bird – Willie Watson
White Wire – (Poetry Reading )
Lord Bateman – Carol Elizabeth Jones
Doleful Warning – Bruce Greene, Loy McWhirter
Tom Dula – Laura Boosinger, Kruger Brothers

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music by Brittany Haas, Produced by Darol Anger. All traditional old-time tunes.2004.

Special Thanks To

Candace Butler

Resources and Additional Materials

Candace Butler
Wild Leek Press

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9/26/19

EPISODE 46 “the international storytelling center and Special Guest Kiran Singh Sirah”

Today Mountain Song & Story host Toni Doman sits down with a special live in studio guest, Kiran Singh Sirah, President of the International Storytelling Center to talk about the upcoming 47th annual National Storytelling Festival held in Jonesborough, TN October 4th – 6th. Kiran developed a number of award-winning arts, cultural and human rights programs in cultural centers across the UK and Ireland. Widely recognized for advancing storytelling as a tool for building social empathy and intercultural understanding, he has spoken and led programming at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, the US Senate of foreign relations, US state department, and the Pentagon. We’re honored to have him joining us for an episode of Mountain Song & Story!

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, September 26th, 2019.

Songs and Stories From This Week’s Show

Exodus – Bob Marley
Wildflowers – Dolly Parton
Flyin\’ High – Bil Lepp

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music by Brittany Haas, Produced by Darol Anger. All traditional old-time tunes.2004.

Special Thanks To

Kiran Singh Sirah

Resources and Additional Materials

The International Storytelling Center

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9/19/19

EPISODE 45 “The VMFA artmobile”

In this episode of Mountain Song & Story, host Toni Doman pairs up with Summer Apostol, host of Art Talk on WEHC 90.7 for a special mash up episode of both shows! Toni and Summer sit down with live in studio guest Jeffery Allison of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on the Road Artmobile,a state-of-the-art traveling museum. The main attraction of VMFA on the Road exhibit is the opportunity for residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia to see and experience works of art from the VMFA collection up close.  Birthplace of Country Music Museum Manager, Baylor Hall also sits down with Toni to talk about her recycling project “Plastic Island”;  a large up-cycling project that is part of the 2019 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Festival created to raise awareness of pollution and plastic waste.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, September 19th, 2019.

Songs From This Week’s Show

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music by Brittany Haas, Produced by Darol Anger. All traditional old-time tunes.2004.

Special Thanks To

 Summer Apostol
Jeffrey Allison
Baylor Hall

Resources and Additional Materials

VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st Century
Going Green at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

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9/12/19

EPISODE 44 Ray Hicks: The Father of JACK TALES

 

“Ray Hicks was a master storyteller, a deep well of stories and inspiration for folklorists, tellers, listeners and all who know him. He was born  in 1922 on Beech Mountain in the Southern Appalachians and lived with his wife Rosa on land that has been in his family since the 17th century.”  – www.RayHicks.com

Ray Hicks was a legend in the world of storytelling his own time. Today show features stories recorded from the Jack Alive! 1989 June Appal Recordings and more!

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, September 12th, 2019.

Songs From This Week’s Show

The Hen Cackle – Jack Alive! by Ray Hicks
The Mountain Fortuneteller – Jack Alive! by Ray Hicks
The Blackest Crow – Bruce Molsky
Hard Times Come Again No More – Bruce Molsky, Stephen Foster
The Vision of the Automobile – Jack Alive! by Ray Hicks
Devil’s Dream – (Traditional)
Meeting the Devil – Jack Alive! by Ray Hicks
Barlow Knife – Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
The Flowers of Edinburgh – Molsky’s Mountain Drifters

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music by Brittany Haas, Produced by Darol Anger. All traditional old-time tunes.2004.
A Little Pain – Margo Price

Special Thanks To

Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol
Archives of Appalachia
Ryan Bernard

Resources and Additional Materials

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9/5/19

EPISODE 43 Emma Gatewood and The Appalachian Trail”

 

The Appalachian Trail is the nation’s longest marked footpath with 2,178 miles of trail. When Emma Gatewood set out to hike the Appalachian Trail in 1954, no women had ever hiked it continuously. Today we take a look at Emma Gatewood’s story and some history of the Appalachian Trail, along with a story about North Carolina’s “Legend  of the Boojum”, a Bigfoot like creature.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, September 5th, 2019.

Songs From This Week’s Show

Walkin’ in the Sunshine – Roger Miller
Bonnie Raitt – Walking Blues
Big Rock Candy Mountain – Original Soundtrack O Brother Where Art Tho
Walking Boss – Doc Watson
Walking the Floor Over You – Earnest Tubb
Old Slewfoot – Johnny Horton
Bears – Lyle Lovette
Walking in the Rain – The Ronettes
Walkin’ In My Sleep – Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
My Walking Stick – Leon Redbone
Hand Me Down My Walking Cane – Jerry Lee Lewis
Out of The Woods – Nicklecreek

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music by Brittany Haas, Produced by Darol Anger. All traditional old-time tunes.2004.
A Little Pain – Margo Price

Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Overlooked No More: Emma Gatewood, First Woman to Conquer the Appalachian Trail Alone
THE LEGEND OF THE BOOJUM
Tales From the Appalachian Trail

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8/22/19

EPISODE 42 “Frankie and johnny”  

 

The North Carolina folk song, The Ballad of Tom Dooley, is a Appalachian murder balled based on the 1866 murder of Laura Foster. In real life, Tom Dooley was found guilty hanged for the murder. Today on Mountain Song and Story, I’m taking a  look at another story inspired by true events and later turned into a folk song and popular American murder ballad, the tale of Frankie and Johnny along with some background and origin stories from other country and ballad songs.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, August 22nd, 2019.

Songs From This Week’s Show

Frankie And Johnny – Doc Watson & David Grisman
Katy Dear – Charlie Louvin
Ballad of Hollis Brown – Bob Dylan
Frankie and Johnny – Gene Autry
When It’s Springtime in Alaska (It’s Forty Below) – Johnny Horton
Barroom Girls – Gillian Welch
Frankie and Albert – Rob McNurlan
L.A. County – Lyle Lovett
Big Iron – Marty Robbins
The Red Headed Stranger – Willie Nelson
Reno & Smiley – Old country ballads
Tom T Hall – Ballad of Forty Dollars

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music by Brittany Haas, Produced by Darol Anger. All traditional old-time tunes.2004.
A Little Pain – Margo Price

Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Journal of Southern History
Folktale of Frankie and Johnny
Frankie And Johnny (Traditional) Song Facts
The Story Behind “Frankie and Johnny” BY MISS CELLANIA MAY 3, 2016. Mental Floss Article.
Killer Songs: The 10 Creepiest Country Murder Ballads

 

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8/15/19

EPISODE 41 The Snarly Yow”  

In the Eastern panhandle of West Virginia, there are legends and tales of a mysterious jet black phantom dog with large glowing eyes and it’s thought to be a fearsome creature that lurks deep in the shadows.  It’s allegedly been haunting the locals for centuries and the mystery of its elusive existence has become the inspiration for stories and legends in the region. Its name?  The Snarly Yow.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, August 15th, 2019.

Songs From This Week’s Show

Walking the Dog – Rufus Thomas
Dog – Charlie Parr
My Dog and Me – John Hiatt & the Goners
Old Shep – Elvis Presley
Beg Steal or Borrow – Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs
Wild Dogs – Colter Wall
Black Dog Blues – Blind Blake
Big Black Dog – Emmylou Harris

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music by Brittany Haas, Produced by Darol Anger. All traditional old-time tunes.2004.
A Little Pain – Margo Price

Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

The Snarly Yow (story by Stephen Dorman Brown)
Haunted Houses of Harpers Ferry: Regional Ghost Stories Paperback
South-Mountain Magic: A Narrative (1882)
The Snarly You – Denver Michaels
Brickthology

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8/8/19

EPISODE 40 “Mountains and Haunted Valleys”  

Today I feature a tale, called “Buried Treasure” from the book Haunted Valley, a collection of folk tales and ghost stories from southern Appalachia by author James Gay Jones published in 1979. It’s never too early in the year to feature a mysterious or spooky tales!

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, August 8th, 2019.

Songs From This Week’s Show

Down in the Valley – Justin Townes Earle
Foggy Mountain Top – The Carter Sisters
High on the Mountain Top – Loretta Lynn
TB Blues – Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye
Green Icy Mountain – Anna and Elizabeth
The One I Love is Gone – Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
Black Mountain Rag – Chet Adkins
My Homes Across the Blue Ridge Mountains – Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Blue Ridge Mountain Blues – Doc Watson
My Tennessee Mountain Home – Dolly Parton
Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music by Brittany Haas, Produced by Darol Anger. All traditional old-time tunes.2004.
A Little Pain – Margo Price

Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Haunted Valley – James  Gay Jones

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8/1/19

EPISODE 39 “Appalachian Heritage”  With Special Guests Carrie & Michael Kline

On today’s show I feature an interview I recorded in the Summer of 2018 with Carrie and Michael Kline.  The pair met in western Massachusetts at a human rights rally, and the two soon discovered a shared love of social activism, folklife documentation and old-time singing. Today I’ll be sharing a few clips from my interview with them they talk about their work in preserving old time and folk music along with many other topics about the state of West Virginia where they both live. 

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, August 1st, 2019.

Songs From This Week’s Show

Wild Hog in the Woods – Carrie and Michael Kline
Cumberland Gap – The Bing Brothers
Whistling Rufus – The Bing Brothers
West Virginia, My Home – Hazel Dickens
Nathan Killed the Bell Cow – Annick Odom
I’ve Always Been A Rambler – John Lilly

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music by Brittany Haas, Produced by Darol Anger. All traditional old-time tunes. 2004.

Resources and Additional Materials

Our Story: Michael Kline and Carrie Nobel Kline
Augusta Heritage Festival
The Bing Brothers Band
Wild Hog in the Woods

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7/25/19

EPISODE 38 “Children’s Folk Songs and Stories: Jack and the Beanstalk” 

 

Today’s show features the origins of the classic tale Jack and The Beanstalk and highlights several children’s songs from the Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Music Collection. Appalachian Jacktales pull their influence from these folktales and the name of “Jack” as a character is can be traced back over centuries of storytelling traditions. This show also features a live folktale reading of Jack and the Beanstalk and The Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s Pick Along Summer Campers telling a tale of The Story of the Ostrich Chicks from The Masai: Their Language and Folklore, by A.C. Hollis.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, July 25th, 2019.

Songs From This Week’s Show

Ha-Ha This A Way – Lead Belly
Polly Wolly Doodle – Leon Redbone
Skip To My Lou – Lead Belly
The Milk Carton Kids – Younger Years
Riding in My Car – Woody Guthrie
Why, Oh Why – Woody Guthrie
He Went In Like a Lion – Bill and the Belles
Whole Heap A Little Horses – Elizabeth LaPrelle
Crawdad Hole – Doc Watson
Miss Mary Mack – Ella Jenkins
I’ve Been Working on the Railroad – Ella Jenkins
John Henry – Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry
Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo, Get Along Little Dogies – Cisco Houston

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music by Brittany Haas, Produced by Darol Anger. All traditional old-time tunes.2004.
A Little Pain – Margo Price

Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Collection
Introduction to Jack Tales
History of Jack and The Beanstalk
Fables and Fairy Tales
Jack and the Beanstalk – Short Story
Jack and His Stepdame: Introduction

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6/13/19

EPISODE 37 “Pie” 

 

Growing up with my grandmother, I was able to watch her make endless pies. She would set everything out in her spotless kitchen in her big colorful mixing bowls and I’d watch her mix ingredients together to make a dough then roll it out. She would be any and every kind of pie you could think of, and most often she’d make pies from whatever berries or fruit were in season. Today’s show features a recipe reading showcasing my grandmother, Helen Doman’s Homemade Cherry Pie along with an assortment of pie related songs and stories!

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, May 30th, 2019.

Songs From This Week’s Show

Sal’s Got A Sugar Lip – Johnny Horton
Ripest of Apples – Anna and Elizabeth
Sugar and Pie – Abagail Washburn
Apple Blossom – Sam Bush
I Fall to Pieces – Patsy Cline
Custard Pie – Led Zeppelin
Whiskey with Pie – Jenny Reynolds
Dunking catfish ramblers – Sweet Potato Blues
Honey Pie – Johnathon Tyler
Cherryholmes – Don’t Fall In Love
Honey Pie – The Beatles
June Apple – Instrumental

Intro and theme music Omie Wise (feat. Kalia Yeagle) by Hasee Ciaccio
Background instrumental music by Brittany Haas, Produced by Darol Anger. All traditional old-time tunes.2004.
A Little Pain – Margo Price

Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

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6/6/19

EPISODE 36 “Summer camps and Camping” 

Today’s show is all about camping! I sit down with Erin Dalton, the director of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s Pick Along! Summer Camps. Erin also talks about outdoor recreation and the most efficient ways to go camping. Today’s show also features a few campfire stories.

Pick Along! Summer Camps at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum provides a fun educational experience like no other. In addition to exploring the museum and learning about Bristol’s important role in the history of country music, campers learn the basics of a stringed instrument and work on projects with Radio Bristol—then apply the skills they’ve learned with live and on-air performances!

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, June 6th, 2019.

Songs From This Week’s Show

Camptown Races – The Duhks
Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! – Allan Sherman
Campmeeting With The Devil – The Kingsmen
Mining Camp Blues – The Foghorn Stringband
The Old Frying Pan And The Old Camp – Fiddlin John Carson
New Camptown Races – David Naiditch
Old Camp Meeting Tune – Doc 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
A Little Pain – Margo Price

Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Special Guest Pick Along! Summer Camp Director, Erin Dalton

Resources and Additional Materials

Pick Along! Summer Camps at The Birthplace of Country Music
Campfire Stories

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5/30/19

EPISODE 35 “Mockingbirds and The DeZurik Sisters” 

 

Since 1933 the mockingbird has been designated as the official state bird by the state of Tennessee. The mockingbird has been an inspiration behind quite a few songs and tales, and today’s show also features the early life and career of “The Cackle Sisters” aka, The DeZurik Sisters. Carolyn and Mary Jane DeZurik were yodeling queens who truly set the bar for American yodelers and performed on radio shows throughout the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. The sisters were some of the first women to become stars on both the WLS National Barn Dance in Chicago  and Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, May 30th, 2019.

 

Songs From This Week’s Show

Mockingbird – Peter, Paul and Mary
Arizona Yodeler – DeZurik Sisters
Listen to the Mockingbird – Dolly Parton and Stuart Duncan
Basket of Singing Birds – Missy Raines & The New Hip
Andy Statman – Mockingbird
Anna & Elizabeth – Mockingbird
Hillbilly Bill – The DeZurik Sisters
Why I’m Grieving – The Dezurik Sisters
Carolina Cotton – Mockingbird
Great Speckled Bird – Jim and Jesse
The Mockingbird Reel – Curly Fox
Whippoorwill Song – The DeZurik Sisters
Guitar Blue – The DeZurik Sisters

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 DeZurik Sisters and The Cackle Sisters
Northern Mockingbird Likes To Rule The Roost
The Cackle Sisters, Yodeling Queens
State Symbols USA
Mockingbird Symbolism & Meaning

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5/23/19

Episode 34 “The Devil”

Today’s show features the Devil himself, literally. The Devil’s chosen instrument is the fiddle and there are countless songs and stories that highlight a devil-like character from many different cultures worldwide. This show also features a live folktale reading about “Stingy Jack” a tale in which the Devil is outwitted, and a tasty recipe reading for the classic Devil’s Food Cake.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, May 23rd, 2019.

Songs From This Week’s Show

The Devil’s Nine Questions – Texas Gladden
You’re the Devil in Disguise – Elvis Presley
Devil’s Hand – Shemekia Copeland
I Gotta Get Drunk – The Devil Makes Three
Devil’s Den – Jefferson Starship
Lefty Frizzell – From an Angel to a Devil
The Devil And The Farmers Wife – Texas Gladden
Satan is Real – The Louvin Brothers
Devil’s Dream – Spencer Strickland
Never Let The Devil Get The Upper Hand – The Carter Family
The Devil’s Train – Hank Williams
Dare The Devil – Abigail Dowd
Doc Fisherman’s Hornpipe / The Devil’s Dream – Doc Watson and The Chieftains

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

The Devil Has the Best Tunes
Stingy Jack
Devil’s Food Cake Recipe
Devil’s Horse’s Hoof Prints
Devil’s Tramping Ground

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5/9/19

Episode 33 “TREES”

Today in honor of the warm spring time weather I’ll be featuring a show all about Trees; including a brief history of the American Chestnut tree and so much more! Today’s show also features a live folktale reading of America’s favorite lumberjack, Paul Bunyan.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, May 9nd, 2019.

Songs From This Week’s Show

Tall Tall Trees – Roger Miller
Peach Tree Street Boogie – The Delmore Brothers
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree – Glenn Miller
I Have Met My Love Today – John Prine – (Tree of Forgiveness)
Magnolia Wind – Guy Clark
They Cut Down The Old Pine Tree – Gene Autry
Pine Tree – Della Mae
Old Rattler’s Treed Again – Grandpa Jones
Pine Tree, Pine Over Me – The Morgan Sisters
Sugar Tree Stomp – Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
Fruit Tree – Ben Gilmer
Weeping Willow Tree – The Monroe Brothers
Taller Than The Trees – 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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Trees of The Blue Ridge Parkway
Reader’s Digest – American Folklore and Legend
The American Chestnut Story
The Appalachian Hardwood Forest

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5/2/19

Episode 32 “Storytelling with Special Guest Bil Lepp”

This week I sit down with Bil Lepp, a nationally renowned storyteller and  five time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. Bil’s outrageous, humorous tall-tales and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, May 2nd, 2019.

Songs From This Week’s Show

The Story – The Dustbowl Revival

Story Of The Knoxville Girl – The Blue Sky Boys

Story of my Life – Loretta Lynn

Two Story House – Tammy Wynette, George Jones

Storyteller Man – Leslie West

The Old Man’s Story – The Monroe Brothers

That Same Old Story – Ernest Tubb

Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends – Kris Kristofferson

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

Bil Lepp

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4/18/19

Episode 31 “Rain”

In honor of the rainy month of April, today’s show is all about rain day songs! The show also features an audio narration of the tale, How The Six Umbrellas Took Off Their Straw Hats To Show Respect written by poet, author and Pulitzer prize recipient Carl Sandburg from his Rootabaga Stories; a collection of whimsical and nonsensical children’s stories first published in 1922. We also feature a live folktale reading called Why Frogs Cry in the Rain.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, April 18th, 2019.

Songs From This Week’s Show

Rhythm of the Rain – The Cascades
Merle Travis – Rainy Day Feelin’
Rain – Patty Griffin
Joy to the World (Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog) – Doane Uschool, Barenaked Ladies & Melanie Doane
It’s Raining – Irma Thomas
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain – Hank Snow
September in the Rain – The Beatles
Rain and Snow – Molly Tuttle
Listening to the Rain – Osborne Brothers
Praying For Rain – Andrew Adkins
Lefty Frizzell – When It Rains the Blues

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

 

Resources and Additional Materials

Carl Sandburg
Rootabaga Stories
Why Frogs Cry In the Rain: A Korean Folktale

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4/11/19

Episode 30 “Gardens”

Folklore surrounding gardening is fascinating, and there are so many countless traditions and superstitions surrounding plants, planting and gardening.Today’s show features gardening superstitions as well as a live reading of a Native American Folktale, called “The Three Sisters”.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, April 11th, 2019.

Songs from this week’s show

Down in the Willow Garden –The Everly Brothers
I Never Promised You A Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson
Blue Gardenia – Etta James
Muddy Waters – Walkin’ Thru The Park
Beautiful Garden – Toni Price
Octopus’s Garden – The Beatles
Garden Of Eden – Saint Jude
Fatal Flower Garden – Nelstone’s Hawaiians
Sally in the Garden,Big Country, Molly Put the Kettle On – Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Willie Nelson – In the Garden

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Gardening Folk Customs
Garden Folklore
Gardening Folklore

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4/4/19

Episode 29 “Gravy”

Today’s show features all things gravy! The people of the Appalachian region have been sustaining themselves with unique mountain style food traditions for generations. On today’s show, I sit down with guest, June Marshall of Bristol TN, to talk about her experience owning the local Blue Circle restaurant and her knowledge on how to prepare gravy – a southern staple.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Friday, April 5th, 2019.

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Songs from this week’s show

My Baby Makes Me Gravy – Dale Watson
Wreck of the Tennessee Gravy Train – Uncle Dave Macon
Grits ‘N Gravy – Soul Finger
How Many Biscuits Can You Eat – Grandpa Jones
Gravy Train – York Brothers
Bread and Gravy – Ethel Waters
Low Gravy – Jelly Roll Morton
Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes) – Dee Dee Sharp
Soppin’ The Gravy – Paul Brown & Company
Squirrel Heads and Gravy – The Sheets Family Band
New Gravy Waltz – Hot Club Sandwich
How Many Biscuits Can You Eat – Doc 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
A Little Pain – Margo Price
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Classic Southern Biscuits And Gravy (Sawmill Gravy) Recipe
Appalachian Foods: Defining generations

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3/28/19

Episode 28 “Gnomes and Moomins”

According to folklore, there are tiny little guys and gals that prefer to stay hidden, are very very small, tend to live for around 400 years and are usually spotted sporting tiny red hats. These mythical little creatures are of course Gnomes and are popular characters in German fairy tales and folktales. On today’s show I also  have a special guest, Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s Head Curator and certified Gnome expert Dr. Rene Rodgers. Rene talks all about Gnomes and Moomins, which are beloved Finnish children’s book characters that happen to be trolls. Tune in!

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, March 28th, 2019.

 

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Songs from this week’s show

The Gnome – Pink Floyd
An English Country Garden – Nana Mouskouri
The Laughing Gnome – David Bowie
Teeny Tiny Gnome – The Monkees
Tiny Broken Heart – The Haden Triplets
Little Birdie – The Stanley Brothers
Small Town Mama – The Maddox Brothers & Rose
Small Believer – Anna Tivel
Elegants – Tiny Cloud
A Little Bit of Boogie – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Little Poplar Log House on the Hill – The Carter Family

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Special Thanks to Dr. Rene Rodgers

Resources and Additional Materials

Gnomes
History of Moomins

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3/21/19

Episode 27 “Rabbits and North American Folktales”

Rabbits are native to and are featured in many North American folktales and are usually portrayed as the trickster character who tends to mock human traits like greed and even stupidity. Today’s show features a live reading of a few of these witty North American Rabbit Tales, including “How the Otter Lost His Coat” and “Possum’s Beautiful Tail”.  These stories are derived from the oral traditions of the native Cherokee people.

 

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, March 21st, 2019.

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Songs from this week’s show

Rabbit Stomp – Lewis “Rabbit” Muse
Rabbits & Hound Dogs – Doc Watson
Run Little Rabbit Run – Larry Sigmon and Barbara Poole
Rabbit in a Log – Chris Thile And Michael Daves
Rabbit Fur Coat – Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins
Rabbit Up a Gum Stump – Albert Hash
Mister Rabbit – Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes
White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
Little Rabbit – Open Road
Rabbit Will Run – Iron and Wine
Rabbit in the Road – The Ordinary Bitters
For the Rabbits – Caitlin Rose
John Hartford – Run Little Rabbit

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Aesop’s Fables: Timeless Stories with a Moral
The World Treasury of Myths and Legends: A Family Heirloom of Stories to Inspire and Entertain

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3/14/19

Episode 26 “Mary the Elephant”


Today’s show features the tragic true story about “Murderous Mary” – a circus elephant who was put to death in 1916 near Kingsport TN. As a performing circus elephant for decades, Mary became known for her temperamental outbursts that resulted in deadly accidents, killing a number of trainers and handlers. It was later discovered that Mary’s temperamental nature was due to an abscessed tooth – sadly the elephant was put to death by hanging from a crane in 1916. Today we dive into the whole story and check out some newspaper articles from the era of the event.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, March 14th, 2019.

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Songs from this week’s show

Trapeze – Patty Griffin
Elephant – Robert Ellis
Bird of Paradise – Little Jimmie Dickens
See the Elephant – James McMurty
Cool it Son – Circus #9
Sea of Heartbreak – Don Gibson
Home In Your Heart – Elephant Revival
The Things I Regret – Brandi Carlie
Elephant in the Corn – Nickle Creek
Old Elephant Man – Webb Wilder

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

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3/7/19

Episode 25 “Bears ”

Today we are talking all about Bears! Bears play a critical part in the mountains, and have also been an inspiration for songs and stories alike throughout the years. From the Smoky Mountains to right here in Appalachia, the American black bear is native to North America and the first humans to admire and respect the black bears were the Native Americans. Today many myths and legends are featured about them. Today’s show features a reading of a bear tale, “The Big Bear of Arkansas” along with some bear-y fitting tunes.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, March 7th, 2019.

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Songs from this week’s show

The Three Bears – Leon McAuliffe
The Three Little Bears – Louis Armstrong
Running Bear – Johnny Preston
Bears – Lyle Lovett
Wolverton Mountain – Carole King
Bear Creek Blues – John Prine
Lions, Tigers, and Bears – Audio Clip from The Wizard of Oz
Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear – Randy Newman
Let Me Be (Your Teddy Bear) – Elvis
To Know Him Is To Love Him – The Teddy Bears
The Preacher & The Bear – Jerry Reed
Bear Cat Papa Blues – Gene Autry
The Preacher & The Bear – Doc Watson
Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Jerry Garcia

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Spirit Bear Legends
Basic Facts About Black Bears 
Cherokee Myths and Legends of the Black Bear

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2/21/19

Episode 24 “Quilting of Appalachia ”

 

The craft of quilting has been around for centuries, and there are alot of traditions, symbolism, meanings, and folklore tied around the activity. On today’s show I’ll be looking into some of the history behind the craft and checking out some of the seemingly countless quilting patterns and their meanings focused in Appalachia. Many of today’s songs are inspired by actual quilting patterns! Check out some of the resources below for visuals on the actual quilt designs.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, February 21th, 2019.

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Songs from this week’s show

Aunt Dinah’s Quilting Party – The Country Gentlemen
Squirrel Hide Sewing Leather – Doc Watson
Coat of Many Colors – Dolly Parton
Patchwork Girlfriend – The Punch Brothers
Mama’s Old Quilt – Stoney Edwards
Hang Me In The Tulsa County Stars – John Moreland
Me and The Stars – The Wooks
Turkey Tracks – The Foghorn Stringband
Golden Ring – George Jones and Tammy Wynette
Out Behind The Barn – Little Jimmy Dickens
So Long Honeybee, Goodbye – Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three
Aunt Mattie’s Quilt – Dixie Chicks
Turtle Dove and The Crow – Mandolin Orange
Green, Green Rocky Road – Oscar Isaac

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

The History of Quilting Patterns & Free Quilt Block Patterns
Story Quilts
Quilt Patterns Names
The Appalachian Quilt Trail – Patterns
Quilting facts, Folklore and Fabrication
CVA Quilt Pattern Collection 
Iconic Quilt Patterns and Where To Find Them

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2/7/19
Episode 23 “The Year of The Pig”

The Chinese New Year officially began on February 5th, 2019 and celebrates The Year of The Pig. The Zodiac systems has been practiced in Chinese culture for over 2,000 years. The Zodiac cycle is represented by 12 animals on the Chinese calendar and repeats every 12 years, so tune in to catch this celebration of the pig before the next celebration in 2031!

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday,  February 7th 2019.

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Songs from this week’s show

He Went To Sleep and The Hogs Ate Him – The Stanley Brothers
Wild Hog in the Woods – Alice Gerrard
Hog Troff Reel – Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Piggies – The Beatles
Pig in a Pen – Virginia Mountain Boys
Yum Yum – The Deslones
Hog Eyed Man – The Ebony Hillbillies
Root, Hog or Die – June Carter Cash
Road Hog – Humble Pie
Pigmeat – Leadbelly
Who’s Gonna Feed Them Hogs? – Tom T. Hall
Hog Wash – Louis Johnson
Pig Meat Strut – Merle Travis

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Chinese New Year 2019
Why There Is Pig and How Does It Rank Last in the Chinese Zodiac?
The Pig Brother by Laura E. Richards

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1/24/19
Episode 22 “Sea Song and Mysteries”


The mysteries of the ocean have been the subject of songs and stories for centuries. From Old-Time, to Country, Folk, and Bluegrass genres, many lyrics tell the tales of the high seas. Today’s show features maritime mysteries of the ocean, including a folktale tale reading of “The Selkie”, who are known to be seal like maidens similar the mermaids and have a rich history in the folklore of Scotland.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, January 24th, 2019.

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Songs from this week’s show

Father Neptune – Anna and Elizabeth
The Waves On The Sea – Ralph Stanley
Leah – Roy Orbison
Sea Stories – Sturgill Simpson
The Storms Are On The Ocean – The Carter Family
If The Sea Was Whiskey – Chris Thile
Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me – Mississippi John Hurt
Sea of Love – Langhorne Slim and Jill Andrews
Sea Of Heartbreak – Don Gibson
Midnight on the Stormy Deep – Doc Watson and Bill Monroe
House Carpenter – Nicklecreek
Where Is My Sailor Boy – Doc Watson and Bill Monroe

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Three From the Sea: Scottish Folktales About the World Beneath the Waves
The Selkie-folk
Irish Folklore Stories From The Wild Atlantic Way
Mermaids and other Marine Monsters
Finfolk
Sea Monster Tales
The Legendary Kraken

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1/17/19
Episode 21 “Jack Tales”

Jack Tales are stories that are a rich part of Appalachian culture, and they’ve been passed down orally for generations with origins related to early Scotch Irish and German immigrants. The stories always feature a central character named Jack, who’s always getting into mischief, and in the end of the story seems to come out as the winner. Today’s show highlights some of the history behind these tales and features a live reading of the Jack Tale,  Jack and the Varmints. 

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, January 17th, 2019.

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Songs from this week’s show

Black Jack David – The Carter Family
Jackpot – Nikki Lane
Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts –Bob Dylan
Hit The Road Jack – Ray Charles
Jackie Blue – Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Jack Tarr The Sailor – Harvey Reid
Jackson – June Carter and Johnny Cash
Hit That Jive, Jack – Nat King Cole
Portland Oregon – Jack White and Loretta Lynn
From a Jack to a King – Ned Miller
Jack of Diamonds – Mark Campbell
Ramblin’ Jack and Mahan – Guy Clark

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Jack Tales
Introduction to Jack Tales
The Jack Tales, North Carolina Heritage Tales
Jack and the Varmints
History: Appalachian Jack Tales

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1/10/19

Episode 20 “Appalachian Ballads with Special Guest Ted Olson”

The theme song for the Mountain Song & Story features the tune Omni Wise from the Album Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition. The Appalachian ballad tradition is alive among a new generation of singers, most of whom learned their songs directly from an oral tradition, either from older singers, or from recordings, or both. The project Big Bend Killing was produced by East TN State University professor, Dr. Ted Olson and today on the show we air an interview with him discussing his work in Appalachian music and history and featuring songs from the album.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, January 10th, 2019.

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Songs from this week’s show

Big Bend Killing – Alice Gerrard
John Henry (feat. Roy Andrade) – Amythyst Kiah
The Farmer’s Curst Wife – Donna Ray Norton
Wreck of the Old 97 – Corbin Hayslett
Mr. Frog Went a-Courtin’ – Bill and the Belles
Eggs and Marrowbone (feat. Kate Brislin) Jody Stecher
The Parting Glass – Rosanne 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

Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition
Ted Olson

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1/3/19

Episode 19 “New Years”

Today we take a look forward into the New Year and check out some of the history, folklore and stories surrounding the celebration of New Years.  At the end of every year we have the chance to reflect and look back at the previous year and we also celebrate what is to come. We also have an interesting ways celebrating,  from setting resolutions and goals for ourselves, to different superstitions we practice for good luck. Some of these interesting superstitions and traditions have managed to survive the test of time and still be practiced today. Today we’re celebrating the New Year though song and story.  

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

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Songs from this week’s show

Bringing in a Brand New Year – Charles Brown
New Year’s Eve – Brian Cullman
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve – Ella Fitzgerald
Snowy Mornin – The Old New Year – Arnie Naiman
Happy New Year Darling – Lonnie Johnson
New Year’s Resolution – Otis Redding
The Life You Chose – Jason Isbell
New Year’s Day – Charlie Robison
New Year’s Eve – Peter Parcek
After News Year Eve – The Heartbeats
Ashokan Farewell – Jay Unger and Molly Mason

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Auld Lang Syne
The History of New Year’s Resolutions
New Year’s Folklore and Superstitions
New Year Superstitions, Customs and Folktales from Victorian Derbyshire
Old Folktales Die Hard
Why We Really Celebrate New Year’s Day
What Does “Auld Lang Syne” Really Mean?

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12/20/18

Episode 18 “winter”

Modern Christmas traditions have been pulled across cultures throughout time, and every year we prep for our own traditions and holiday activities. Children write letters to Santa all around the world and in rural communities of Appalachia, children would once burned their letters in fireplaces and “fairies” would carry their message up the chimney to be delivered  to Santa. Today’s show  features a German folktale reading, entitled The Christmas Fairy of Strasburg as well as more origins of interesting Christmas traditions!

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

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Songs from this week’s show

North To Alaska – Johnny Horton
Rain and Snow – Molly Tuttle
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby
Meet Me Under The Mistletoe – Randy Travis
If We Make It Through December – Merle Haggard
Cold, Cold Heart – Hank Williams
What A Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
Pretty Paper -Willie Nelson
A Dreamer’s Holiday – Willie Nelson
Hot Corn, Cold Corn – Robert Earl Keen
Footprints In The Snow – Jimmy Martin
When it’s Springtime in Alaska – Johnny Horton

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Appalachian Christmas
Apple Stack Cake Delivers the History of Appalachia to the Holiday Table
7 Appalachian Christmas Traditions
Eat, Drink & Be Merry: A Christmas Miscellany
The Roots of Appalachian Christmas Traditions
The Christmas Fairy of Strasburg
History of Christmas
The History of Christmas Trees
Helvetia, WV
Santa Claus
Who is Krampus

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12/13/18

Episode 17 “The Moon”

The coming of Winter also brings the coming of a new full moon. December welcomes the rightfully named Cold Moon, and every month the full moon is named accordingly. The Wolf Moon of January and the Snow Moon of February are a few more winter moons you’ll soon see in the night sky. The moon has been a huge inspiration for creativity – from poems, to artists, and countless songs. On today’s show we dive into some stories and songs inspired by this cosmic wonder and featuring an Appalachian folktale about the Harvest Moon, and unveil the mystery behind how we use the phases of the moon to predict  weather. 

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

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Songs from this week’s show

Walking After Midnight – Patsy Cline
When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again – Elvis Presley
It’s Only A Paper Moon – Ella Fitzgerald, The Delta Rhythm Boys
Moon River – Henry Mancini
We Two Are a Moon – Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop
Moondance – Van Morrison
Howlin’ at the Moon – Hank Williams
Blue Moon of Kentucky – George Jones and Melba Montgomery
Jealous Of The Moon – Nickel Creek
Sitting Alone in the Moonlight – Various Artists
The Devil’s in the Jukebox – Ray Lamontagne
Harvest Moon – Neil Young
Bad Moon Rising – CCR

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Beware the Hunter’s Moon
Full Moon Names, Explained
Full Moon for December 2018
How did the Farmers’ Almanac ‘nail’ this winter’s forecast? That’s a secret
How Does The Almanac Predict The Weather?
The History of the Old Farmer’s Almanac
The Moon Rabbit in Legend and Culture
Pareidolia Definition

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12/6/18

Episode 16 “TIME”

It’s that time of year again, when it gets dark outside way to early. The days have been and will continue to get shorter until the winter solstice arrives,  the shortest day of the calendar year on December 21st, also marking the first day of winter. Personally I’m dreaming of longer, sunnier days. On this episode we take a look into the history of daylight saving time and  feature some stories related to the concept of time, complete with a German folktale reading of Peter Klaus, the original Rip Van Winkle.

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

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Songs from this week’s show

Time in a Bottle – Jim Croce
Time Don’t Wait – Marty Stuart
Time After All – Sturgill Simpson
Never Going Back Again – Fleetwood Mac
All The Reaching Trims – Daniel Romano
Fly Like An Eagle – Steve Miller Band
Hard Times – Ray Charles
Wayside / Back In Time – Gillian Welch
Time To Believe In – The Deslondes
My San Antonio Rose – The Time Jumpers
Time Flies – Jim Lauderdale
Funny How Time Slips Away – 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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

8 Things You May Not Know About Daylight Saving Time
The Story of Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
Rip Van Winkle
Peter Klaus
History of Daylight Saving Time
The History (and Possible Future) of Daylight Saving Time

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11/29/18

Episode 15 “birds”

In honor of Thanksgiving last week, today we are talking not just turkey but all all birds! From rich and sometimes ominous symbolism, birds have been soaring into stories for centuries. Sometimes they represent good, sometimes they’re bringing bad news. Today we take a look at the symbolism of birds and also dive into the Grimms Fairy Tale collection and feature a reading titled. The Mouse, The Bird, and the Sausage”.

To listen to today’s show, check out the Show Archives at the bottom of this page from Thursday, November 29th, 2018. 

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Songs from this week’s show

Winter’s Come and Gone – Gillian Welch
Little Birdie – The Stanley Brothers
Fare Thee Well (Inside Llewyn Davis Soundtrack) – Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford
Bluebird Wine – Rodney Crowell
Johnny Cash – Bird on a Wire
The Cuckoo Bird – Doc Watson
Roll Away – Birds of Chicago
High Flying Bird – Tim O’Brian
Little Red Bird – 40 Watt Dreams
Clay Pigeons – John Prine
The Great Speckled Bird – Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain Boys
Mocking Bird Yodel – Carolina Cotton

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

Resources and Additional Materials

Death Takes Wing: Birds and the Folklore of Death
The Mouse, The Bird, and the Sausage
The Publication of Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Delving into Cultural Myths, Tales and Beliefs About Wild Birds
Cherokee and Bird Stories

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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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

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
Story Segment Sound Effects by Summer Apostol

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
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

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.

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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 Fisher’s Hornpipe and June Apple by Brittany Haas
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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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.

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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
A Little Pain – Margo Price
Interview Sound Engineer assistance by KT Vandyke

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8/2/18

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

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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
A Little Pain – Margo Price
Interview Sound Engineer assistance by KT Vandyke

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