Fall, Fish, and Farm and Fun Time! - The Birthplace of Country Music
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Fall, Fish, and Farm and Fun Time!

Farm and Fun Time got back to its bluegrass roots at October’s show! Thanks to our sponsor Eastman Credit Union, Radio Bristol was able to bring Farm and Fun Time to not only those in the audience or tuned in to WBCM-LP, but to viewers far and wide via Facebook Live. Be sure to like WBCM – Radio Bristol on Facebook to tune in every month!

The crowded theater at October's show with row upon row of audience members clapping.
Another packed house for Farm and Fun Time – the audience always has a great time! © Birthplace of Country Music; photographer: Billie Wheeler

Host band Bill and the Belles kicked the show off in grand style with their lighthearted take on classic American sounds, humming our troubles away. This month’s “Heirloom Recipe” segment was presented by Johnson City restaurateur Nathan Brand. After the success of his pop-up restaurant The Orchard Mason, Nathan opened Timber! at the location of the old Acoustic Coffee House in Johnson City. Nathan seeks to bring fresh takes on local foods, and for October’s Farm and Fun Time he shared the story of his popular dish, smoked trout dip. Nathan recalled his first experience catching and eating trout in Northern Idaho, and nearly 20 years later, he still remembers this happy memory when creating the trout dip that is now a favorite at Timber! To tell the audience what it was all about, Bill and the Belles proclaimed the love for this fishy spread with a new jingle “Nothing Smokes Like Trout.”   

Left: Bill and the Belles' musicians -- on bass, fiddle, guitar, and banjo -- around the microphone on stage at the show. Right: Nathan Brand, wearing a hat and country-style vest, at the microphone.
“Nothing Smokes Like Trout” proclaims host band Bill and the Belles in response to chef Nathan Brand’s story about his recipe for smoked trout dip. © Birthplace of Country Music; photographer: Billie Wheeler

Our first musical guest of the evening was Jeff Scroggins and Colorado. Led by two-time National Banjo Champion Jeff Scroggins and noted singer and guitarist Greg Blake, the band has brought their distinctive style of bluegrass to audiences across the globe. For their first visit to Bristol, they started the show off with a rousing rendition of Don Reno and Bill Harrell’s “Big Train,” underlining that the band is steeped in the traditions of bluegrass’s inventors while not being afraid to take it in their own direction. With impeccable vocals and outstanding instrumental prowess, it’s easy to see why they were able to win over our appreciative Farm and Fun Time audience. We hope to see Jeff Scroggins and Colorado back in Bristol soon!

Top left: Close up photo of the mandolin player's hands on his mandolin. Middle left: The female fiddle player and the guitar player playing at the mic together. Top right: Close up photo of the banjo player's hands on the banjo. Bottom: Photograph of full band, including musicians playing the fiddle , the bass, the guitar, the mandolin, and the banjo.
Jeff Scroggins and Colorado brought heartfelt vocals and out-of-this-world instrumental prowess to the Farm and Fun Time stage. © Birthplace of Country Music; photographer: Billie Wheeler

For this month’s “Radio Bristol Farm Report,” we visited Phillip Ottinger at Buffalo Trail Orchard in Greene County, Tennessee. Ottinger is the fifth generation of the same family to work on the property, and though it was originally a tobacco and cattle farm, Ottinger has turned it into a successful orchard. Here’s a video from our visit:

Our last guest of the evening was Chatham County Line. Hailing from Chatham County, North Carolina, as their name suggests, Chatham County Line has developed quite a following over the past two decades, with seven studio albums under their belt. Based strongly in the sounds of bluegrass, Chatham County Line has developed a performance style all their own that is somehow mellow and high energy all at the same time. Performing mostly original songs with one Beck cover thrown in for good measure, it is easy to see how these guys enthrall audiences everywhere they go. We’re looking forward to their upcoming release on Yep Roc records.

Top left: Photo focused in on the guitar player wearing an embroidered shirt. Top right: Photo focused in on the bass player, with the guitar player in the background. Bottom right: Photo focused in on the fiddle player wearing a dark suit. Bottom left: Photo focused in on the drums player.
Chatham County line blended bluegrass roots and original songwriting for an outstanding performance. © Birthplace of Country Music; photographer: Billie Wheeler

Thanks to everyone who came out and shared in this wonderful evening of music! Tickets are on sale for November’s show, but they’re going fast. We hope to see you there!

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