Across the Blue Ridge #117 - Vivian Leva, Women In Song, Classic Songs & Tunes

Across the Blue Ridge #117 - Vivian Leva, Women In Song, Classic Songs & Tunes

3:31pm Mar 16, 2018
Vivian Leva is creating new songs and fresh approaches to old mountain classics. Her premiere album, Time Is Everything, features both, and we hear selections on this week’s Across the Blue Ridge episode.
Oliva Siegel, courtesy Vivian Leva

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 a musical family in Lexington, Virginia. Her parents, Carol Elizabeth Jones and James Leva, are both well known in the old-time and bluegrass communities as outstanding singers, creative songwriters and fine instrumentalists. Vivian Leva continues this family tradition on her premiere album, Time Is Everything, with a selection of powerful, thoughtful songs old and new. She creates something fresh from the sounds around her and the landscape of her own life and insights. As we mark Women’s History Month and take note of current events, we also hear songs of life, hardship and independence from Hazel Dickens, Alice Gerrard, Texas Gladden, Dale Ann Bradley, Ruby Vass, The Farwells and Ola Belle Reed. Instrumentals, a song from Max Heineman, and flatfoot dancing figure into the hour, too. 

Playlist

  1. Piper's Hornpipe
    Marvin Gaster
    Uncle Henry's Favorites
     
  2. My Stone Mountain Home
    Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes
    Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes
     
  3. O'Grady Rd
    Max Heineman & Lonesome Ace Stringband
    When The Sun Comes Up
     
  4. Solly's Little Favorite
    Lonesome Ace Stringband
    When The Sun Comes Up
     
  5. Betty Baker
    T-Mart Rounders
    T-Mart Rounders
     
  6. Going Back To Kentucky
    Dale Ann Bradley
    Dale Ann Bradley
     
  7. Little White Robe
    The Farwells
    The Farwells
     
  8. Break 1 - Old Aunt Katie
    The Shelor Blackard Family
    The Shelor-Blackard Family
     
  9. Time Is Everything
    Vivian Leva
    Time Is Everything
     
  10. Interview - Vivian Leva
    Vivian Leva
    Time Is Everything
     
  11. Cold Mountains
    Vivian Leva
    Time Is Everything
     
  12. No Forever
    Vivian Leva
    Time Is Everything
     
  13. Light Enough To Find My Way
    Jones & Leva
    Light Enough To Find My Way
     
  14. One Morning In May
    Texas Gladden
    The Alan Lomax Collection: Portraits - Ballad Collection
     
  15. Break 2 - June Apple
    Olin & Frances Gardner
    Olin & Frances Gardner & Friends
     
  16. Only The Leading Role Will Do
    Ola Belle Reed
    Ola Belle Reed & Family
     
  17. I've Endured
    Ola Belle Reed
    Ola Belle Reed & Family
     
  18. Come Into Your Own
    Alice Gerrard & Kay Justice
    Tear Down The Fences
     
  19. Single Girl
    Ruby Vass
    Southern Journey Vol. 2
     
  20. You'll Get No More From Me
    Hazel Dickens
    A Few Old Memories
     
  21. The West Fork Girls
    Phoeba Parsons
    Old Time Music From Clay & Calhoun Counties