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Radio Bristol Welcomes WoodSongs To The Air Waves

Radio Bristol enthusiastically announced the addition of the renowned, internationally syndicated program WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour to its program roster. The hour-long, weekly show airs on Radio Bristol Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Recorded before a live audience, the show’s Americana format presents the very best in grassroots and acoustic music to a global audience. Radio Bristol picks up WoodSongs as it nears the show’s 900th broadcast this July.

“It is impossible to do a radio broadcast about the excitement and beauty of grassroots music and not be part of Radio Bristol’s family,” said WoodSongs host Michael Johnathon. “We are very excited to be part of a true music station, serving their community in passion and spirit. A music station run by excellent musicians makes Radio Bristol one of the most unique and important community stations in America, and I couldn’t be prouder for WoodSongs to be part of the excitement.”

WoodSongs airs on 515 radio stations all over the world and with audiences spanning 173 nations over American Forces Radio Network. The program also broadcasts on television stations across the U.S. and records before a live audience from The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

“We are incredibly excited to carry WoodSongs on Radio Bristol,” said Radio Bristol producer Kris Truelsen. “Michael Johnathon and his great team have been integral in building an international audience for American roots music over the years. Their hard work and dedication is inspiring to all of us here at Radio Bristol and we hope our listeners enjoy listening to the program on our station.”

Radio Bristol’s daily programming dusts off an array of rare and diverse recordings seldom explored in the soundscape of contemporary radio. From shows produced in-house like Over The Waves with Lee Bidgood, Whup The Devil with Roy Andrade, and Farm and Fun Time, to syndicated programming like Sound Sessions from Smithsonian Folkways to Across the Blue Ridge with Paul Brown, the station specializes in culturally significant programming that carries on the musical influences of the Appalachian region and beyond. For more information on Radio Bristol and it’s programming, or to listen to the station online, click here.

Ed Snodderly’s Record Shop Premieres On Radio Bristol

Ed Snodderly

A verse to Ed Snodderly’s song “The Diamond Stream” is permanently etched upon the wall in the Hall of Honor at the Country Music Hall of Fame, yet the legacy of this multi-talented musician, songwriter, playwright, and actor extends far beyond the carefully crafted lyrics in his impressive catalogue. Among Snodderly’s gifts to our region — and beyond — is a small listening room in Johnson City, Tennessee, known as The Down Home. Established in 1976, Snodderly’s esteemed venue has served as a sacred rite of passage for musicians and a trusted source of consistently good live music for audiences who prefer the band to be front and center instead of background noise. The intimate stage has hosted iconic talent such as Townes Van Zandt, Lucinda Williams, Newgrass Revival, and Alison Krauss, to name a few, and it remains one of the most respected venues in our region.

On Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., Ed Snodderly ventures to Bristol to share his own music — songs from his latest release, Record Shop — in another intimate space: the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. This concert will air simultaneously on Radio Bristol.

“Radio Bristol Premieres is an avenue for artists to showcase new music and discuss their inspiration for creating it,” said Kris Truelsen, Radio Bristol producer. “Ed Snodderly is one of our region’s most gifted and enduring songwriters. Radio Bristol is honored to host him at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.”

Snodderly’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Sam Bush, Missy Raines, Jerry Douglas, and John Cowan, and his music continues to draw from the deep well of traditional, Appalachian influences. His thoughtful lyricism and skilled musicianship paint mesmeric landscapes of a distinctly southern panorama. A highly engaging entertainer, Snodderly is a modern classic whose music goes down as smooth as Tennessee Tea.

To be part of the studio audience for Radio Bristol Presents: Ed Snodderly, tickets are available for $20 online at and at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Doors to the show open at 6:30 p.m. Listeners may tune into Radio Bristol at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at, or through the station’s free mobile app.


Sound Sessions from Smithsonian Folkways to Air on Radio Bristol

Starting Wednesday, May 3, 2017 Radio Bristol will begin airing Sound Sessions from Smithsonian Folkways each week on the broadcast station’s WBCM 100.1 FM channel. The channel is available over the air in the Bristol area, online at, and through the station’s free multi-channel app. The program will air weekly on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. EST and again on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. EST.

“We are thrilled to add Sound Sessions into the Radio Bristol program schedule,” said Radio Bristol producer Kris Truelsen. “As a Smithsonian affiliate, Radio Bristol is always searching for ways to celebrate our affiliation through programming. Sound Sessions from Smithsonian Folkways could not be a better fit for the station. The program offers a unique perspective contextualizing the history, cultures, and identity that helped to shape American roots music. We look forward to this great partnership with Smithsonian Folkways and seeing how it will grow in the coming years.”

Sound Sessions is described as “an audio journey into the rich, eclectic, and sometimes eccentric Smithsonian Folkways archive. Host Sam Litzinger and curator Jeff Place comb the stacks for music and stories about this historic record label for monthly broadcasts that feature newly digitized audio, including rare outtakes, interviews, and never-before-heard recordings. Programs cover American folk icons, emerging artists who are continuing and transforming musical traditions around the world, and the sounds of our everyday lives, from the natural environment to the office desk. Interviews with Smithsonian Folkways staff and the artists bring a fresh, behind-the-scenes perspective to a record label that preserves a national musical treasure, documents ‘people’s music’ from around the world, and connects people to their own and others’ heritage.”

Radio Bristol broadcasts from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, in Historic Downtown Bristol. At 9:30 a.m. on May 3, Kris Truelsen will preview Sound Sessions during an interview with Jeff Place on the station’s weekday morning show On the Sunny Side.

“For years I have always worried that vast quantities of amazing audio exist in the Smithsonian archives that are not being heard,” said Place. “We created Sound Sessions so we could share it with you — old interviews, field recordings, commercial albums, and interviews with some of the amazing musicians who pass through our offices. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.”

Radio Bristol’s daily programming dusts off an array of rare and diverse recordings seldom explored in the soundscape of contemporary radio. From daily shows produced in-house like Over The Waves with Lee BidgoodHonky Tonk Hit Parade with Bailey George and Farm and Fun Time, to syndicated programming like Across the Blue Ridge with Paul Brown and Born in the Mountain with Ivy Sheppard, the station specializes in programming that carries on the musical influences of the Appalachian region and culture and continues to add more shows to its airwaves. For more information on Radio Bristol and it’s programming, or to listen to the station online, visit

Radio Bristol Premieres: Western Centuries


Radio Bristol Premieres new music from the group Western Centuries at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Saturday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Round up a country band and an early R&B group with three lead vocalists, weave in a hefty amount of vocal harmony and witty turns-of-phrase, and let ’em rock out like The Band.

The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at these crossroads, and their new album Weight of the World introduces a band as skillful in their musicianship as they are innovative in their writing.

Radio Bristol Premieres is a live radio performance that delves into new recordings made by nationally and internationally touring artists. To be part of the studio audience for the performance, tickets are $20.

Click here to see video of the band and to purchase tickets.

Radio Bristol Premieres: Jenni Lyn Gardner, Old Salt Union

Jenni Lyn and Old Salt Union
Jenni Lyn and Old Salt Union

Radio Bristol Premieres brings two acts to the live radio program on Friday, March 17 at Jenni Lyn Gardner and Old Salt Union. Gardner is perhaps best known for her work with the award-winning bluegrass group Della Mae and the ensemble project Proud To Be A Daughter of Bluegrass. Her music offers a current approach to the evolving bluegrass sound, while maintaining a perfect balance of that down home comfort.

Old Salt Union draws influences from Bill Monroe, Sam Bush, and Del McCoury, while also extracting nuances of jazz great Bill Evans and composer Danny Elfman. With in-depth musical compositions, catchy hooks, and a high-energy metaphorical approach to the gut, the band is a front-runner in a whole new generation of string music.

To be part of the studio audience for this Radio Bristol Premieres double bill, Tickets are $20.

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Farm & Fun Time ft. Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Helen Highwater Stringband


Radio Bristol will feature Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers and the Helen Highwater Stringband, comprised of revered acoustic musicians David Grier, Missy Raines, Mike Compton, and Shadd Cobb on the next Farm & Fun Time Thursday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.

The live radio show is fast becoming a regional favorite among concert-goers looking for something more than just great music—it’s a full-on variety show experience that’s part humor and part poignant storytelling, garnished with great musical performances.

Tickets to be part of the studio audience are on sale now for $25 and usually sell out quickly.

Click here for more on the bands and to purchase tickets.

Kris Truelsen IBMA Leadership Bluegrass Class


The Birthplace of Country Music is proud to announce that our very own Kris Truelsen, producer at Radio Bristol, has been accepted into the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Leadership Bluegrass program.

“Leadership bluegrass is designed to pull together a cross section of people with exhibited or potential leadership qualities into a network of learning and communication. The results will foster a broad-based understanding of the total needs of the bluegrass community, which will help participants better prepare to determine goals of the particular organization, company or group in which they serve.”

Professor Lee Bidgood, host of Radio Bristol program Over the Waves and faculty at the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music program, will also take part in this year’s Leadership Bluegrass program.

Congratulations, Kris and Lee!

Visit to learn more about the International Music Association’s Leadership Bluegrass program.

Radio Bristol’s Ramblin’ Ryan Show Starts Feb. 25

Ryan Bernard takes you down the highways and biways that shape Americana music with a new program on Radio Bristol starting February 25, 2017. The Ramblin’ Ryan Show will air weekly each Friday afternoon from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Radio Bristol airs in the Bristol area on 100.1 FM and can be accessed through a free mobile app.



Bluegrass Legend Jesse McReynolds Performs on Farm & Fun Time Feb. 9

jessemcreynolds_websiteLive Radio Bristol Variety Show at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum  


Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time live radio show continues to bring quality entertainment to Bristol (and to the airwaves!) with each program, but February is looking to be one of the most memorable to date. The legendary Jesse McReynolds, a renowned figure in the world of bluegrass music, is scheduled to perform on the program he first visited during the grand opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in 2014. Asheville’s favorite buskers the Fly By Night Rounders are also on the bill. The show takes place at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1964, Jesse McReynolds is carrying on the bluegrass tradition of Southwest Virginia that he helped shape with his late brother Jim. In the 55 years Jim & Jesse McReynolds performed, the duo received multiple Grammy nominations and numerous honors including inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Walkway of Stars, the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Honor, and Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame. They also received the National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, the Fly By Night Rounders can often be found performing on street corners, busking in their 1920s hokum blues style. Featuring magnetic percussionist Abby The Spoon Lady on bells and spoons, they are an electrifying trio of performers to witness live. Their debut album This Ain’t Bluegrass is an energetic and dynamic representation of their live show, but shouldn’t substitute. The kinetic energy of the Fly By Night Rounders is one best experienced in person.

Sponsored by Eastman Credit Union, Farm and Fun Time is hosted by Kris Truelsen and features live segways written and performed by house band Bill & the Belles. The radio show also features the Appalachian Sustainable Development Farm Report hosted by Corbin Hayslett and an heirloom recipe segment that takes its cues from family meals cooked in an Appalachian kitchen.

Radio Bristol’s Farm & Fun Time radio show is recorded before a live audience and is broadcast live as well as via webcast on Radio Bristol. Radio Bristol can be accessed on 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at, and through the station’s free mobile app.

Tickets to Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time ft. Jesse McReynolds and the Fly By Night Rounders are $25.


Paul Brown’s “Across The Blue Ridge” To Air On Radio Bristol


Former NPR Radio Personality Revives Popular Program for SYNDICATION

Beginning February 1, 2017, Radio Bristol will air “Across the Blue Ridge,” a revival of the popular show first created by former National Public Radio (NPR) newscaster Paul Brown in the late 1980s and through the 1990s.

“Radio Bristol is thrilled to add Paul Brown’s program ‘Across the Blue Ridge’ to our Wednesday afternoon lineup,” said Radio Bristol Producer Kris Truelsen. “Promoting and celebrating our region’s culture and music is core to the mission of Radio Bristol, and ‘Across the Blue Ridge’ embodies that very idea. Paul Brown’s expertise as both a musician and historian will offer a welcome perspective into the music we love and support here at Radio Bristol. We envision a long running partnership with Paul and look forward to carrying the program.”

“Across the Blue Ridge” is an entertaining exploration of the music traditions of the southern Blue Ridge, the center of the universe for old-time and traditional American music. For decades Brown spent time searching out and making field recordings in order to preserve this music for future generations.

O. Henry Magazine‘s Ogi Overman writes: “Brown’s strong suit is listening to and explaining music through the prism of culture, socio-economics and geography so that others appreciate its rich history.”

The “Across the Blue Ridge” of today not only focuses on the past, but it also highlights the traditional music of today and its future. The show returned to the airwaves on January 2, 2016.

Brown originated “Across the Blue Ridge” in the late 1980s on Wake Forest University public radio station WFDD (88.5 FM) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The show’s final broadcast was in 1999, prior to Brown’s move to NPR where he was an executive editor, producer, and reporter. Brown left NPR in 2013 and returned to North Carolina. The well-known personality from NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation” is also an accomplished musician; Brown is an award-winning banjoist, vocalist, fiddle player, and storyteller.

The show will air weekly on Radio Bristol’s WBCM-LP channel on Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. and rebroadcast on Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. Radio Bristol can be accessed in the Bristol area on 100.1 FM and nationally and internationally online and through a free mobile app. To listen to Radio Bristol online or to receive more information, visit

About Paul Brown
Paul Brown learned his first songs and tunes as a kid from his mother, who carried them from her own childhood days in Virginia. As much as he loves to play and sing, Paul has also produced numerous recordings from his own fieldwork and other sources, and reported on the lives of significant traditional musicians while working at NPR in Washington. Paul started his radio career at WPAQ in Mount Airy, North Carolina. He created “Across the Blue Ridge” at WFDD Public Radio in Winston-Salem in the late 1980s. He spent years learning from and playing with master fiddlers, banjoists, and singers including Benton Flippen, Paul Sutphin, Luther Davis, Robert Sykes, Matokie Slaughter, and Tommy and Benny Jarrell. He has won the banjo prize several times at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival, where he’s also won the senior fiddle prize and was named a master artist in 2013. Over the years he has played with Benton Flippen in the Smokey Valley Boys; with fiddler Robert Sykes in the Surry County Boys; with his wife Terri McMurray as the Mountain Birch Duo; and with Verlen Clifton, Frank Bode, Ginger Bode, and Terri McMurray in the Toast String Stretchers. Paul is now a retired NPR world news journalist, once again producing “Across the Blue Ridge” in collaboration with WFDD Public Radio. The show is available worldwide online and airs on radio stations in North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Florida.

About Radio Bristol
Presented by the nonprofit Birthplace of Country Music, Radio Bristol is a network of channels that showcase the diversity of American roots music from the early recording era to today. Reaching the world through their online media center, Radio Bristol produces original programming through recordings and live sessions from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and the Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee region. Radio Bristol broadcasts on 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at, and through the station’s free mobile app. The Birthplace of Country Music is the parent organization of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and Radio Bristol.