mountain music

Lillian Chase is a 14-year old old-time and bluegrass fiddler and ballad singer with an album produced by John Doyle. The 6th generation native of Western North Carolina found the fiddle at the age of 6, and has a strong interest in the local and regional old-time music that goes with our mountain history. This spirited youngster also plays the stand-up bass, and enjoys playing classical violin in one of the Asheville Symphony Youth orchestras. Lillian appeared at Merlefest 2018 and also performed  in Marion, Va.

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Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Many of today’s outstanding old-time and bluegrass musicians carry on longstanding family traditions. One such artist is multi-instrumentalist and flatfoot dancer Marsha Bowman Todd. A musician all her life, Marsha is one of the leading lights of the legendary musical community of Mount Airy, North Carolina.

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Photo by Vicki Dameron

The small town of Old Fort is the location of the Mountain Gateway Museum, Catawba Falls, and Andrews Geyser - plus it's home base for the band Yellow Feather... and their couch farm! They recently played live for us in Studio B, and you'll hear that session (and find out what a couch farm is) on this week's Studio B Rewind. Also, Appalachian Mountain music meets Japan in the beautiful, unique work of Anya Hinkle, Akira Satake, and Duncan Wickel. (Yellow Feather top image. Hinkle/Satake/Wickel bottom photo.) Join Host Kim Clark Sunday evenings at 7pm on Studio B Rewind.

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Center For Cultural Preservation

David Weintraub will be presenting a special series this week during NPR’s Morning Edition, produced by WNCW's Kim Clark. The feature is a radio adaptation of A GREAT AMERICAN TAPESTRY: The Many Strands Of Mountain Music - the latest documentary film from Weintraub and The Center for Cultural Preservation, based in Hendersonville, NC.