Richard Beard

Music Host

Richard Beard is a man with too many interests and not enough time to satisfy all of them.  Musician, teacher, novelist, historian, and luthier, Richard’s interests range from historical Southern architecture to theoretical astronomy.   Having grown up outside of Los Angeles and New York City, Richard returned to the land of his family in Western North Carolina, where his ancestors fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain and generally raised havoc for many generations. Along the way he picked up a degree in Literature, married his college sweetheart, and has spent decades restoring an 1886 Victorian home in downtown Rutherfordton, all the while teaching scores of young people the intricacies of fine woodworking in hopes of improving the world.  

Richard was a founding member of WNCW when it first hit the airwaves in 1989, and has been trying to cope with being the resident dinosaur of the on-air staff.  He and his wife Vicky perform in two bands, “Paddywhack” and “Sassafras Tea,”  based on the musical traditions of North Carolina.  On the rare chance he discovers some spare time, Richard can be found tinkering with his1954 Chevrolet pick up truck, or working on his most current writing project.

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Instruments at MerleFest 2016
Joe Kendrick

Recap by Joe Kendrick -- Wilkesboro is only some 90 miles away from where I live, but going there for MerleFest always seems to transport me across much more than that short space and time. Winding my way through the rolling hills up highway 18 in late April has a uniquely soothing effect, and shifts my thoughts through the gears of choruses and solos, and faces and conversations of all the festivals I’ve attended.