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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