The Jones House Community Center in Boone, NC is the latest stop on our Blue Ridge Music Trails series. We hear from director Mark Freed about the early days of the house; its evolution from a family home to a center for art and music; and Freed's hopes for its future role as a place for preserving and continuing the region's music traditions. Across the Blue Ridge will host and record a concert there on May 19, 2018 featuring local traditional musician Rick Ward, whose family goes back generations in Watauga County. Also featured will be a band born of the Junior Appalachian Musicians program, or JAM: Strictly Strings. And Trevor McKenzie, a highly talented fiddler, guitarist, banjoist and singer will be on the bill as well. We'll hear from each of these artists on this week's show. Train songs feature in the first segment of the program, and a heartwarming selection of love songs wrap up the show, a soothing balm in unpredictable times. 


  1. Cannonball Blues
    Jeff Little Trio
    Made In The Blue Ridge
  2. Rubin
    Tommy Jarrell
    June Apple
  3. John Henry
    Leslie Riddle
    Close To Home
  4. The Wreck of the Virginian
    Blind Alfred Karns
    The Bristol Sessions
  5. New River Train
    The Buckstankle Boys
    Round Peak Home
  6. Break 1 - Billy In The Lowground
    Spencer & Rains
    The Skeleton Keys
  7. Tough Luck Man
    Doc Watson
  8. Batchin' On The Farm
    Rick Ward
    Keeping The Tradition
  9. Come On Out Tonight
    Strictly Strings
    High On A Mountain
  10. To The Ground
    Trevor McKenzie
    Generational Things
  11. Briarpicker Brown
    Mark Freed, Cecil Gurganus, Craig DuBose
    Get Along Home
  12. Break 2 - Sleeping Lulu
    Mark Freed, Cecil Gurganus, Craig DuBose
    Get Along Home
  13. Katy Kline
    Kyle Creed & Emily Spencer
  14. Sit At Home
    Carol Elizabeth Jones & Laurel Bliss
    Ridin' Along
  15. She Talks To Me
    John Lilly
    Thinking About The Weather
  16. Hold Whatcha Got
    Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys
    You Don't Know My Mind
  17. Storms On The Ocean
    The New Ballard Branch Bogtrotters
    Bogtrotter Blues
  18. How Mountain Girls Can Love
    Ralph Stanley & Hal Ketchum
    Clinch Mountain Country

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