WNCW Podcasts

While Earl Scruggs is often credited as the originator of bluegrass banjo, he was actually an innovator within a broader tradition of three-finger banjo playing. Predating bluegrass, it was made famous by banjo players from the hills and mountains of the Carolinas, all of whom had their own personal takes on the style. In addition to Scruggs, these pioneers included Wade Mainer, Smith Hammett, Snuffy Jenkins, and Don Reno. 

Mipso - The Unlikely Story Of A Band With A Lot To Like

Dec 1, 2019

From Southern Songs and Stories Producer and WNCW Program Director Joe Kendrick: "The band Mipso never anticipated being as successful or as long-lived as they became. It is a band that mandolin player Jacob Sharp called unlikely, because none of the members studied music when they met in college at UNC-Chapel Hill, and none of them thought music was going to be a career -- nothing beyond their initial love of other bands, and of playing together.

Pull up a chair and fill up your plate for a mix of Thanksgiving history and music on this episode of Southern Songs and Stories. We celebrate the holiday with some of the fascinating history of the events surrounding its beginnings and how it evolved, with a focus on all the great food on our tables, especially here in the South, and some music on the side.

Songs heard in this episode:

Red Stick Ramblers: excerpt of “That’s What I Like About The South” from Right Key, Wrong Keyhole