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Carol Rifkin

This Old Porch Host

Carol Rifkin is a longtime member of the mountain music community and is a nationally known, award winning musician, singer and dancer who has performed on TV, radio, recordings, at festivals, in the BBC documentary Down Home, Appalachia to Nashville (with fiddler Tommy Jarrell), the movie Songcatcher, documentaries like Rank Strangers, Why Old Time, public TV shows and more.

A 30-year member of the internationally known Green Grass Cloggers, she appeared with them in Emmy Award Winning productions and recently at the Smithsonian, MerleFest and Philadelphia Folk Festival. A journalist who writes about music for the Asheville Citizen Times and national music publications, she loves mountain music and performs at most of the traditional music events in the region with her band Paul’s Creek.

Devoted to the preservation of traditional music, she is a long time supporter of WNCW and loves to play the special blend of old time, mountain traditional, early country and bluegrass that makes This Old Porch so special.

  • Bayla Davis is an accomplished young banjo player (JAM kids) who has teamed up with Cary Fridley as part of the Fine Tuned Project, “a new initiative that connects seasoned musicians with a select group of emerging artists in Western North Carolina.” Cary Fridley is an Appalachian singer, bassist, and educator from Asheville, NC. Her music has evolved to embrace all styles of traditional country, blues, folk, and jazz. She is a published songwriter, recording artist, and bandleader, singing and performing in WNC for over 20 years. Cary teaches old-time music at three JAM (Junior Appalachian Musician) programs (Black Mountain, Haywood Co. and Buncombe Co.) and plays regionally with her band Down South, plus Ghost Walks and the Haywood Ramblers.Brandon Johnson serves as program manager for the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. In his role he manages the Blue Ridge Music Trails and the Fine Tuned project.
  • Rhonda Gouge and Keeping Time (Rhonda, Kathy Kuhne, and Sam McKinney) is a trio of musicians from Mitchell County who play an eclectic mix of folk, bluegrass, blues, gospel, and old-time mountain music. The trio is led by Rhonda Gouge, an accomplished and well-known singer/songwriter, picker of anything with strings, and teacher. Rhonda will receive the 2023 North Carolina Heritage Award on May 31st!
  • Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith are Rising Appalachia. They will be on This Old Porch at 4 pm Sunday, June 26, 2022.
  • Roger Howell, Mike Hunter, and Brandon Johnson will be in studio to perform live and talk about the 50th annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of…
  • Crooked Pine is a well known old-time band based in WNC who play traditional and original music. They will be on "This Old Porch" to perform and to talk…
  • On 4 p.m. March 13, 2016 Pretty Little Goat will join Carol Rifkin in the WNCW on-air studio for a special “This Old Porch Live” interview and tunes. They…