9/23/2021 - Mountain Song & Story Ep. #113 - The Birthplace of Country Music
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9/23/2021 – Mountain Song & Story Ep. #113

Episode #113 “Mussels”

Today, I’ll be talking about mussels. Specifically freshwater mussels! The Clinch River right here in SWVA has the most diverse eco system of freshwater filtering mussels in the entire world. I’ll be playing music about mollusks the whole hour (can we do it? Yes we clam).  Today’s program will also feature a great story about the Irish Ballad of Molly Malone, who was a fishmonger who turns into a Ghost. 

Today’s Playlist

Do The Clam – Elvis Presley
All Of My Cryin’ – Shannon & The Clams
Acres of Clams – Makem and Spain, Bill Staines
Molly Malone (Cockles and Mussels) – The Dubliners
Big Strong Man – Wolfe Tones
John Henry – Tennessee Ernie Ford
Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette
Just Because I’m a Woman – Dolly Parton
Woman Walk The Line – Emmylou Harris
I Didn’t Know My Own Strength – Lorrie Morgan
Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire – Joni Mitchell

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 timeless tragedy of Molly Malone
Did You Know: “A Whole Other World” in Southwest Virginia’s Rivers
A freshwater mussel apocalypse is underway—and no one knows why
Freshwater Mussel Restoration