This new podcast highlights bluegrass and old-time music stories, performers, and traditions across the mountain and foothills counties of Western North Carolina. These traditions and stories are the soul and spirit of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.
The podcast is hosted by Laura Boosinger - celebrated musician, folklorist, and storyteller; scripted by folklorist Sarah Bryan (some episodes scripted by Elisabeth Sims); and produced by Kim Clark of WNCW-FM.
Episodes air weekly on WNCW-FM (88.7) at 8:50 am on Tuesday mornings (during NPR's Morning Edition) and around 4:30 pm on Sunday afternoons (during the show This Old Porch). New episodes will be published below as they are completed.
The "Down the Road on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina" podcast is a joint effort of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the North Carolina Arts Council, WNCW-FM, and the American roots music journal No Depression.
The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina is a joint initiative of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership and the North Carolina Arts Council to showcase the vibrant musical traditions of Western North Carolina.
The North Carolina Arts Council launched its work in 1967 as part of a national movement inspired by the concept of “arts for all citizens.” For 50 years, the Arts Council has supported the arts as a catalyst for job creation, downtown revitalization, arts-based tourism and student success both within and outside of the classroom.
WNCW-FM, a public radio station, is a service of Isothermal Community College in Spindale, NC.