Across the Blue Ridge #152 - The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters

Across the Blue Ridge #152 - The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters

3:45pm Nov 16, 2018
This week’s rebroadcast of a 2017 show celebrates fiddler Eddie Bond’s receipt of a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Bond fronts The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, a powerful and charming old time mountain string band with a rich history. Hear the band with Eddie Bond’s fiddling, singing and hilarious storytelling on this Across the Blue Ridge episode.
Eddie Bond

Fiddler Eddie Bond of the New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters has received a 2018 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. The award recognizes tradition bearers for their outstanding artistry and for both preserving traditions and moving them forward. On this encore broadcast, we hear a fabulous Muddy Creek Music Hall stage performance from The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters, one of the finest mountain string bands performing today. Hailing from southwest Virginia, the band is a dyed-in-the-wool old time group with a stylish sound and a driving beat you will love. Its name harks back to the original Bogtrotters, a highly popular band of the 1930s and 1940s centered around the famously musical Ward family of Ballard’s Branch. The current band’s founder, Dennis Hall, can lay good claim to the name: He was raised practically steps from the home of one of the original Bogtrotter fiddlers, and he’s played since childhood. Hear the music and the history, plus a hilarious story from fiddler Eddie Bond about how he came to reconcile traditional religion with playing “the Devil’s Box” – the fiddle.  

Playlist

  1. Sugar Hill
    The Buck Mountain Band
    The Original Bogtrotters
    Biograph
     
  2. Polly Put The Kettle On
    The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters
    Same Branch, Different Trotters
    Heritage
     
  3. Pole Cat Blues
    The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters
    ATBR recording
     
  4. Red Rocking Chair
    The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters
    ATBR recording
     
  5. Lee Highway Blues
    The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters
    ATBR recording
     
  6. Hop Light Ladies
    The Bogtrotters
    The Original Bogtrotters
    Biograph
     
  7. Break 1 - Cluck Old Hen
    The Bogtrotters
    The Original Bogtrotters
    Biograph
     
  8. Susan Anna Gal
    The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters
    ATBR recording
     
  9. Staggerlee
    The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters
    ATBR recording
     
  10. Interview - The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters
    ATBR recording
     
  11. John Brown's Dream
    The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters
    ATBR recording
     
  12. Break 2 - Piney Woods Girl of North Carolina
    The Bogtrotters
    The Original Bogtrotters
    Biograph
     
  13. The Sweetest Gift
    The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters
    ATBR recording
     
  14. Durang's Hornpipe
    The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters
    ATBR recording
     
  15. Reuben's Train
    The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters
    ATBR recording
     
  16. Jimmy Sutton
    The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters
    ATBR recording