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On The Way Up
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This episode features two longstanding favorite local artists in David Childers and Stephanie Morgan, and one new to our area in Christopher Paul Stelling, and the mood will go from sunny to downright gritty at times.

World Premier of Carolina Blue's Newest Album

May 17, 2017

Bobby Powell and Tim Jones of Carolina Blue visited with Host Joe Greene on Saturday, May 6 during Goin' Across the Mountain.  They sample tracks from their new release Sounds of Kentucky Grass, making it the "world premier" of these songs on their new project.  Bobby and Tim discuss family ties to the album, reminisce about playing at WNCW's Goin' Across the Mountain Live earlier this year, and also about the old sound their band is proud to keep going.

In this episode, the new tunes range from singer/songwriter to latin jazz to americana.  Joe features music from Aaron Burdett, Duende Libre, and Dustbowl Revival.  Joe also talks with Jason Lineberger about the art of the record review. 

See what other new releases we're featuring on WNCW.

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Etta Baker picked up her rag-time 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 working 26 years at a Morganton textile mill, she quit at age 60 to become a professional musician, and at 78, she cut her first album.

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.”

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