Former 88.5 WFDD News Director Paul Brown founded Across the Blue Ridge at WFDD in the late 1980s. It was an instant hit, and was broadcast on WFDD for more than a decade until Paul left to become an executive editor, producer, reporter, and world newscaster at NPR in Washington, DC. Now Paul is back in his beloved Blue Ridge region, his journalism and storytelling skills honed better than ever. He’s ready to present more music, share discussion with more interesting characters, and be your friend and guide in discovery. Paul is actively involved in today’s acoustic music scene, crisscrossing the region and the country as a teacher, performer, and interviewer.
This week we showcase the premiere album of a young singer and songwriter steeped in traditional Blue Ridge mountain music. Vivian Leva – who’s been on the show before with The Onlies – grew up in