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Listen RADIO, THE OLD TIME WAY
» from Morning Edition, Thursday, April 23, 1998
-- Michelle Johnson of member station WFDD reports on radio station WPAQ. For the past fifty years, the Mt. Airy, North Carolina station has broadcast a mix of live music, local announcements, and Bible study, a return to the "days of old". (6:14)

Listen PROFILE OF RALPH STANLEY
» from Morning Edition, Monday, July 27, 1998
Host Bob Edwards talks with bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley and his latest CD, which involves performances with famous players such as Bob Dylan (5:31)


Listen COLD MOUNTAIN SONGS
» from All Things Considered, Monday, April 26, 1999
Noah talks with musicians Dirk Powell and Tim O'Brien, who were inspired by Charles Frazier's novel "Cold Mountain" to record a CD called "Songs From the Mountain." The novel, set in the mountains of North Carolina during the Civil War, contains many references to the music of the era. Powell, a fiddler; O'Brien, a singer and guitarist; and banjo player John Herrmann are familiar with the songs, tunes, instruments and tunings mentioned in the novel. (7:00)

Listen Charles Wolfe will discuss "A Good-Natured Riot" this week on The Fine Print,
» from Fine Print , Originally aired June 26, 1999
Charles K. Wolfe is internationally recognised as a top expert in the field of music, especially folk and country music. He began collecting the oral histories of the early Grand Ole Opry performers in the early seventies. He has written about the birth of the Grand Ole Opry in a book, titled "A Good-Natured Riot". The book recently won the nationally recognized ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for the best book written about American music during the past year.

Listen Friday Night Jamboree
» from Morning Edition, Tuesday, August 3, 1999
Tape & copy on a weekly tradition of the Friday night Jamboree at the Floyd Country store in Floyd, Virginia. For the past fifteen years musicians and staff volunteer their time and effort to create an atmosphere where the residents listen and dance to bluegrass and old-time music. (7:19)

Listen Violin Sing the Blues for Me: African-American Fiddlers 1926-1949
» from All Things Considered, Tuesday, December 28, 1999
Nick Spitzer reviews the recently released CD Violin Sing the Blues for Me: African-American Fiddlers 1926-1949. This collection focuses on various early styles of black fiddling that relate to modern blues, country and jazz. Inherent in these selections are also the roots of rock 'n' roll. (4:15)

The music played here is from the CD entitled 'Violin, Sing the Blues For Me.' The track title is 'Ted's Stomp,' performed by Louie Bluie & Ted Bogan.


Listen Old Time Music
» from All Things Considered, Thursday, November 23, 2000
Noah Adams has a performance chat with two singer/songwriters: Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin. They play a blend of bluegrass, folk, and old-time country music. Their harmony has been likened to the Stanley Brothers and the Carter Family. Stecher and Brislin formed their duet in 1985, and were married two years later. Today they talk with Noah and perform songs related to the season, family, and the Thanksgiving holiday, playing the banjo, guitar, fiddle, and mandolin. Their latest CD is called "Songs from the Carter Family." (22:00)

Listen O Brother
» from All Things Considered, Friday, December 29, 2000
James Sullivan reviews the soundtrack to the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou, a film from Joel and Ethan Coen. Sullivan says even if you don't see the movie - check out the soundtrack. It is full of wonderful examples of old time music. (Mercury records). (4:30)

Listen The Sevens
» from All Things Considered, Monday, January 1, 2001
Noah Adams talks with members of The Sevens, who call themselves a "Celtic groove band." They play for dances and occasional concerts in New England. Members are Sarah Blair, Mark Roberts, Liza Constable, Mark Hellenberg, Stuart Kenney. They traveled to Vermont Public Radio's studio in Colchester for this interview. We hear a bit of contra dance music and complete versions of I Truly Understand, and Miss Otis Regrets. (22:00)

Listen Bluegrass Legend
» from Morning Edition, Tuesday, February 6, 2001
Host Bob Edwards talks with Herb Smith, director of a new documentary film on bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley. Stanley's high tenor harmonies and banjo-playing helped pioneer the genre, and even at the age of 75, he still tours regularly with his band, The Clinch Mountain Boys. (8:58)

Listen Bill Monroe's Mandolin
» from Weekend Edition - Sunday, Sunday, April 29, 2001
The favored mandolin of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, was sold this week for more than one million dollars. The instrument's new home is The Bill Monroe Foundation, based in Monroe's hometown of Rosine, Kentucky. Liane speaks with the foundation's executive director, Campbell Mercer. (3:00)

Listen Montana Mandolin Society
» from All Things Considered, Friday, August 17, 2001
Since the 1800s, Montana has been mandolin country. Ten musicians from Bozeman together produce a dramatic sound - they call it the "Montana Sound" - inspired by the freedom and open spaces of their home state. (12:30)

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