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Recently in the pages of the Asheville Citizen-Times was a feature article called "Have North Carolina Tax Cuts Boosted Economy? Not So Some Economists Say." This story by Reporter Mark Barrett (interviewed) was discussed during this "More to the Story' from June 7, 2016.

Posted by Host and Producer of More To The Story, Paul Foster- WNCW Senior Producer / News Director / NPR Regional Morning Edition Host

More To The Story- Upstate SC's Aging School Buses

Jun 13, 2017
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A lack of funding keeps aging school buses on the road in upstate South Carolina counties like Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union. Hear about the average age of these buses and other concerns when it comes to safety, etc. with Zach Fox, who serves as Education Reporter with the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.  Originally aired in May 2017.

Posted by Host and Producer for WNCW's More To The Story, Senior Producer and News Man, Paul Foster

Down the Road BRMT | Ep. 8: What is Old-Time Music?

Jun 9, 2017
Tommy Jarrell
Photo: David Holt

The hills of Western North Carolina are home to traditional Appalachian music, but the roots of old-time music stretch all over the world, combining the music of the first European settlers in the Appalachians with that of the Africans who came to the new world as slaves, and elements of the musical traditions of the Native Americans. When you hear the blue notes and syncopation that fiddlers like Tommy Jarrell play in tunes like “Black-Eyed Susie,” you can hear that old-time music is a melting pot like no other.

Earl perfected the syncopated style of three-finger banjo picking, known as “Scruggs Style." In 1948 he joined Lester Flatt to form the Foggy Mountain Boys. Their theme to "The Beverly Hillbillies" made the Scruggs style famous worldwide.

Mount Airy was a mecca for old-time music long before Andy Griffith immortalized his hometown as Mayberry on "The Andy Griffith Show." North Carolina's favorite native son, Griffith played tribute to the region's musical traditions, often playing on his show with the Darlings, a real-life musical family.