1/20/2022 Mountain Song & Story Ep. #119 - The Birthplace of Country Music
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1/20/2022 Mountain Song & Story Ep. #119

Episode #119 “Tunnels”

Today, I’ll be featuring a variety of stories about tunnels, starting with the story of the Sensabaugh Tunnel in Kingsport Tennessee, an allegedly very haunted local tunnel! I’ll also be checking out the story the Bee Rock Troll. Back in the days when railroads were being installed, sightings of this small grotesque creature were often seen in the tunnel cut through rock formations between the towns of Appalachia and Big Stone Gap Virginia. I’ll also be featuring a few more stories about some creepy tunnels including a reading of the tale “Broadtree Tunnel” from the book, the Telltale Lilac Bush by Ruth Ann Music which is one of my favorite regional resources of short folktales.

Today’s Playlist

Tunnel of Love – Doris Day
There a Light at the End of the Tunnel – Keith Whitley
Funnel Of Love – Wanda Jackson
Love, Love, Love Me Honey Do – Patsy Cline
Big Mama’s Bumble Bee Blues – Big Mama Thornton
I Got Stung – Elvis Presley
Honey Bee – Muddy Waters
Mystery Train – Elvis Presley
Irene Kelley – Coal Train
Train on the Island – Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
Rocky Island – Ralph Stanley
Rock-A-Bye Boogie – Davis Sisters
Rocky Mountain – Bruce Molsky

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

Bee Rock Troll
The Tale of the Troll
Mountain Lore – The Bee Rock Troll
Sensabaugh Tunnel
Kingsport Public Library Archives