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Tradition and Diversity: A New Appalachia With Dori Freeman

Nick Falk and Dori Freeman performing at Albino Skunk Music Festival 05-14-22
Joe Kendrick
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Nick Falk and Dori Freeman performing at Albino Skunk Music Festival 05-14-22

A conversation with Dori Freeman as well as songs from her performance the Albino Skunk Music Festival in May of 2022. Sloane Spencer joins in this conversation that touches on Dori’s deep Appalachian roots, recording her family album in Nick’s newly constructed studio in their backyard, how she draws inspiration and ideas from listening to rap artists, and even her love of Topo Chico brand seltzer.

Joe Kendrick grew up far off in the woods at in rural Stanfield, NC, where he acquired his first Sony Walkman, listened to both AM and FM radio from Charlotte, went to Nascar races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, attended a small Baptist church, read Rolling Stone, subscribed to cassette clubs, and played one very forgettable season of high school football. From there, Joe studied Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was able to fulfill his dream of being a disc jockey at WXYC. He volunteered at WNCW soon after graduation.