4:00pm Apr 21, 2017Music Music
A festival that started small at Wilkes Community College in North Carolina has become one of the most enthusiastically supported roots music events in the U.S. Merlefest began in 1988 as an event
2:00pm Apr 14, 2017Music Music
One outcome of the folk music boom of the 1950s and ‘60s was an increased interest in the music from which much pop and folk had sprung: old-time and bluegrass. While The Weavers, The Kingston Tri
5:17pm Apr 07, 2017Music Music
This week we profile Buddy Pendleton (1935-2017), a remarkably talented and fluid Patrick County, Virginia fiddle player whose repertoire spanned old time, bluegrass, folk, swing and jazz.
4:13pm Mar 31, 2017Music Music
This week we hear some classic Blue Ridge mountain music, piedmont blues, and even some swing from the Quebe Sisters of Texas, who will perform at the Blue Ridge Music Center this season. Plus, wh
4:00pm Mar 24, 2017Music Music
This week we dig into the riches of early country music recordings to hear classics of old time mountain, white and African-American gospel, blues, classic country and bluegrass.
4:42pm Mar 17, 2017Music Music
This week we hear a tremendously varied selection of solid bluegrass music; old time fiddling from field recordings; classic piedmont blues, and new recordings from Kentucky’s Brett Ratliff and Nor
4:00pm Mar 10, 2017Music Music
This week we take a detour from the old dirt roads and head for the 2017 Grammy Awards. Listen to selections from the five bluegrass albums nominated for the award. The rest of the show is cramme
4:00pm Mar 03, 2017Music Music
Southern roots music is much more than today’s typical bluegrass combination of banjo, fiddle, guitar, bass and mandolin.
8:46am Apr 22, 2017
It started as a small festival, on a rural northwest North Carolina community college campus.
3:41pm Feb 07, 2017
Here's a great recollection from Carl Fleischhauer of working in t
6:55pm Feb 05, 2017
8:16am Jan 28, 2017
This week's Across the Blue Ridge profiles Alan Jabbour, the founding director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, who recently died at age 74.