This week we hear the stories of Betse Ellis and Clarke Wyatt, who came from the worlds of classical, rock
4:00pm Oct 26, 2018Music & Culture Music & Culture
5:14pm Sep 14, 2018Music & Culture Music & Culture
Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson (1923-2012) was a North Carolina mountain musician who made a global impact, playing fully traditional music, rockabilly, blues, jazz and other styles with grace and warmth
5:11pm Apr 20, 2018Music & Culture Music & Culture
We conclude our two-part Blue Ridge Music Trails feature on women in old-time music with more of Alice Gerrard’s presentation at the Earle Theater in Mount Airy, NC – and more great music.
4:00pm Feb 02, 2018Music & Culture Music & Culture
This week, we feature some classic Blue Ridge old time fiddle tunes and songs, from fiddlers Kyle Creed, Fred Cockerham, Tim Smith, and Tommy Jarrell. That’s just the start. In the center segment
4:00pm May 19, 2017Music & Culture Music & Culture
The Mountains of Music Homecoming is just around the bend. The movable feast of roots music takes place in communities around southwestern Virginia June 9-17.
4:00pm Apr 21, 2017Music & Culture Music & Culture
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
3:00pm Jun 17, 2016Music & Culture Music & Culture
This week we hear from a varied group of piedmont and mountain south artists for a joyful, invigorating hour of listening. Bluesman John Jackson provides a serene rag he composed. Our music also
2:31pm Apr 28, 2016Arts Arts
MerleFest is an annual "traditional plus" music festival held in Wilkesboro, North Carolina on the campus of Wilkes Community College.
11:34pm Apr 27, 2016Arts Arts
Over the years, MerleFest has become an annual homecoming for both music fans and the artists who perform there. Two of the musicians who return every year and who knew the Watsons well spoke with WFDD’s David Ford about Doc, Merle, and the festival that bears his name.
11:45am Jun 03, 2015Music & Culture Music & Culture