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9/2/2021
Episode #112 “Young Appalachian Story Summit”

Th upcoming Young Appalachian Story Summit is scheduled for September 12th, 2021 at the International Storytelling Center. The Summit is a young adult-led event that focuses on a critical issue: how young adults can use storytelling as a leadership tool to create Appalachia’s future. Today I’ll be talking with Stella Childress and Lynnes Salinas from the ISC to learn more about this important event.

Today’s Playlist

Firewater – Amythyst Kiah​​​
 The Last Thing On My Mind – Tom Paxton
Growing Pains – Mike And The Moonpies
Pretty Fair Maid In The Garden – Tim O’Brien
Do I Ever Cross Your Mind – Red Molly
Grey Owl & Victor’s No. 39 – 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

International Storytelling Center

Special thanks to Stella Childress, Lynnea Salina, and the International Storytelling Center

8/26/2021
Episode #111 “Motors”

Did you know that it wasn’t gasoline—but moonshine—that fueled the growth of stock car racing in Appalachia and led to the rise of NASCAR? I’ll be diving into this story and more right here on today’s episode of Mountain Song and Story along with the most fitting music to go along with out theme. Buckle up!

Today’s Playlist

Motor’s Fried – John R. Miller
My Old Chevy Van – Melissa Carper
Half Ton Van – John R. Miller
Johnny Cash – One Piece at a Time
Long Ride Home – Patty Griffin
King Of The Road – Roger Miller
The Corvette Song –George Jones
Bus Route – Tyler Childers
From a Buick 6 – Bob Dylan
Lord Mr. Ford – Jerry Reed
Hot Rod Lincoln – Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen
Woody Guthrie – Riding in My Car (Car Song)
 Driving My Life Away – Eddie Rabbit
Panhead – Otis Gibbs

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

Bristol Motor Speedway Media Guide
How to Prohibition Gave Birth to Nascar
From Moonshine to NASCAR: How The Prohibition Lead to Stock Car Racing

8/19/2021
Episode #110 “Cows”

Today, we’re talking about cows, and the steaks are high.  Many images of cattle show up in folklore stories, like that of the bull, or the ox. Probably the most famous ox would have to be Paul Bunyons Big Blue Ox named Babe. Today, I’ll be talking about some of these Paul Bunyon stories and more, including some cowboy ballads along with a whole hour of cow related songs inspired by today’s topic. Moo. 

Today’s Playlist

Cows Around – Corb Lund
Cow Cow Boogie – Ella Fitzgerald
Milk Bucket Boogie – Red Foley
Milk Cow Blues – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
I’m an Old Cowhand – Roy Rogers
Night Herding Song – Colter Wall
The Dying Cowboy – Cisco Houston
Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
The Cows Came Home – Joe Diffie
Big Ball’s In Cowtown – Bob Willis
Cattle Call – Eddy Arnold
Milkcow’s Calf Blues – Robert Johnson (talk, story)
Restless Cattle – Marty Robbins (ending song)
Tune the Old Cow Died On – John Kirk and Friends

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

Folk Music of the United States: Cowboy Songs, Ballads, and Cattle Calls from Texas
How Now Brown Cow? Folklore Thursday
Ox, cow and bull in folklore imagery and tales
Babe the Blue Ox

8/5/2021
Episode #109 “Ian Kirkpatrick & Sheila Kay Adams Mentor – Apprenticeship”

Today on Mountain Song and Story, I’ll be featuring a wonderful conversation with Ian Kirkpatrick and Sheila Kay Adams. They’ll be joining me to talk about their experience as part of a mentor apprentice team through the Folk and Traditional Arts Cross-Border Mentor Apprenticeship program from South Arts. They’ll be talking about their mentor and apprenticeship experiences which focused on Ballad singing in Appalachia, a tradition that goes back to the earliest Scottish and English settlers to the area. Tune in for a great conversation and of course music!

Today’s Playlist

Devil’s Nine Questions – Elizabeth LaPrelle
Knoxville Girl – Ian Kirkpatrick
Barbary Allen – Sheila Kay Adams
George Collins – Ian Kirkpatrick
Jubilee – Jean Ritchie

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

Special thanks to Sheila Kay Adams and Ian Kirkpatrick

Folk & Traditional Arts Cross-Border Mentor-Apprentice Program – South Arts
Grand Divide
Sheila Kay Adams and Ian Kirkpatrick

7/29/2021
Episode #108 “Bees”

Today on Mountain Song and Story, I’ll be buzzing about and talking bees! Did you know that according to some folklore, it was bad luck to buy or sell hives, because when you sell one, you sell your luck with your bees? Bees were much better given as gifts. It’s also said that if bees flew into a house, a stranger would soon call (or buzz). I’ve got more bee folklore stories from across the globe today here on the program, including a bit about the stories of “the telling of the bees” along with a playlist of all things honey!

Today’s Playlist

Honey, Honey – The Milk Carton Kids
Honey Open That Door – Ricky Skaggs
Dying To Make a Living – The Local Honeys
True Fine Mama – Little Richard
So Long Honeybee, Goodbye – Pokey Lafarge & the South City Three
Honey You Don’t Know My Mind – Jimmy Martin
Loneliest Songs – The Honey Dewdrops
Honey Don’t – Carl Perkins
Honey In The Rock – Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Queen Bee – Taj Mahal
Honey & The Bees – Baby, Do That Thing
The Bee Song – Arthur Askey
Long Monday – John Prine

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

The Sacred Bee: Ancient Egypt
Bee Folklore for the Darkest of Days
The Adorable Custom of ‘Telling The Bees’
Folklore of the Bees

7/22/2021
Episode #107 “Wedding Folklore”

Today on Mountain Song and Story, I’ll be talking about wedding folklore, including myths, superstitions, and more! Did you know that according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac if you put marigolds in your wedding bouquet, this will keep your love true? Good advice! Today’s program will also feature a special guest during our story segment to read a few folktales, including the alluring story of “The Cheese Test.”

Today’s Playlist

Wedding Bell Chimes – Bill and the Belles
The Right Left Hand – George Jones
Wedding Bells/Let’s Turn Back the Years – John Prine and Lucinda Williams
Magnolia Wind – Guy Clark
Candy – Dave Rawlings Machine
I’d Have to Be Crazy – Willie Nelson
When You Say Nothing at All – Keith Whitley
Wedding Bell Blues – 5th Dimension
If I Needed You – Townes Van Zant
Rockin’ Years – Ricky Van Shelton & Dolly Parton

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

Bride Tests in Folktales
Wedding Folklore, The Old Farmers Almanac
Origins of the Corpse Bride Story
Wedding Traditions, Myths and Facts Uncovered
50 Wedding Traditions and Superstitions

Special thanks to KT Vandyke – Story Segment Reading

7/15/2021
Episode #106 “Record Collecting with Special Guest Lonnie Salyer”

 

On today’s episode of Mountain Song and Story, I’ll be talking with another Radio Bristol DJ, Lonnie Salyer! If you’re an avid Radio Bristol  listener you’ll know that Lonnie has a program right here on the station called Diggin’ with Big Lon that air every Thursday at 5pm. The program discovers the rich musical heritage of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia and features music from Lonnie’s record collection of found local 45rpm and 78rpm records. On this episode you’ll hear more about Lonnie’s story including how his passion for record collecting all got started, stories of finding local records, plus some great local music!

Today’s Playlist

Milk Bucket Boogie – Reece Shipley and the Rainbow Valley Boys
Kenny Springs and the Scat Cats – Let Nobody Love You
Continuous Action – The Starlites
The Bottle Keeps Me Goin’ – Art Hall

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

Special thanks to Lonnie Salyer
Big Lon’s Crateful Dig

7/8/2021
Episode #105 “Grandfather Mountain Highland Games”

 On last week’s program, we talked about Scottish dancing, music, and history with my guest Jennifer Licko, and today I’ve got some more Scottish History lined up! Today I’m talking with Stephen Quillin, current President of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. He’ll be joining me to talk more about this annual event. Scottish highland games are celebrated in many countries across the globe, not just in Europe but also right here in Appalachia. They act as a way to connect people to their roots and are a celebration of Scottish and Celtic culture, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. Tune in for a great conversation, music and more!

Today’s Playlist

The Oak Table – EJ Jones
Deep Salt Sea – Emerald Rae
The Generator – Will MacMorran
Hello Stranger – The Carter Family

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

Special thanks to Stephen Quillin
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

7/1/2021
Episode #104 “Scottish History with Special Guest Jennifer Licko”

On today’s episode of Mountain Song and Story, I’ll be talking with my guest Jennifer Licko. Jennifer is a former Scottish Highland dancer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who plays the piano, guitar, and bodhrán (Irish drum), and an educator. After living almost a decade in Scotland and Ireland, Jennifer realized the strong similarities between Scotland and North Carolina and her music began to branch out into a genre which honors those connections. Today I’ll be speaking with her to talk about the music and dance connections and more between Appalachia and Scotland.

Today’s Playlist

Puirt a beul (Mouth Music) – Jennifer Licko
The Farmer’s Curst Wife – Pete Seeger
He Na Milibhig – Jennifer Licko
We Are Your Home – Jennifer Licko
Barbara Allen – The Everly 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.

Resources and Additional Materials

Special Thanks to Jennifer Licko
Scotland In The Class
Visit Scotland
Jennifer Licko
Highland Echoes

6/24/2021
Episode #103 “Stones”

On today’s episode of Mountain Song and Story, I’ll be talking about the mysterious story of the Grafton Monster, an Appalachian bigfoot-like creature with sightings first seen in the late 1960s near the town of Grafton,  West Virginia. The headless creature is sometimes known to have the likeness and look of a large boulder, so in honor of this story, today’s theme is rocks and stones and I’ll be playing songs and reading more stories relating to stone. From Medusa to Poseidon, folklore is full of stories of folks being petrified and turning into stone, I’ll look into a few of these myths and more on today’s program. 

Today’s Playlist

Steppin’ Stones – Jimmy Martin
Dying Girl’s Farewell – Earnest Stoneman, Kahle Brewer, Walter Mooney
Big Jet Plane – Angus and Julia Stone
(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone – The Monkees
 Waterloo – Stonewall Jackson
The Sinking Of The Titanic – The Stoneman Family
Ruby – Ronnie Stoneman
House of Stone – Mandolin Orange
Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
The Rolling Stones – Under My Thumb
Rock The Cradle Joe – Adam Steffey

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

Special Thanks to the Grafton Monster Facebook Page
Meet the top five monsters from the West Virginia hills
June 16 marks anniversary of Grafton Monster sightings
Petrification in Mythology