Etta Baker picked up her ragtime influenced style of fingerpicking at the age of 3 from her father. She became a master of the Piedmont Blues, influencing musicians like Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  Etta practiced her two-finger picking style an hour every day in addition to raising nine children with her musician husband. After raising nine children and working 26 years at a Morganton textile mill, she quit at age 60 to become a professional musician.

Today, the tradition of ballad singing is alive and well in the North Carolina mountains thanks in part to Sheila Kay Adams, a seventh generation singer.  Raised in the community of Sodom in Madison County, Adams learned from her great aunt Dellie Chandler Norton, sitting together and repeating the verses to each other knee-to-knee until the songs were “caught.”

Headquartered in Western North Carolina, the former Center for Disordered Eating has become the Carolinas Resource Center for Eating Disorders.  Executive Director of the group Simone Seitz was guest of this Friday Feature Interview of the Week to talk about this issue and what the group is doing to help change lives for the better.  The interview first aired on June 22, 2018.

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Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon (N.C.) Resort will host the FEI World Equestrian Games in September.  Sharon Decker, COO and VP of Carolinas Operations for the Equestrian Center talked about the event, on-going preparations, what to expect and more during this Friday Feature Interview from June 15, 2018.

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Gastonia's Budget Inn came to an end last month after City Officials deemed it unsafe.  This followed a long process that saw the motel be a location for crime and other issues.  However, it was a roof over the head of numerous extended-stay residents. Officials say they gave ownership and residents plenty of time to make other arrangements before the establishment came to an end.  The full story is shared by the Gaston Gazette's Kevin Ellis during this More to the Story from June 13, 2018.