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One Song: Under the Weeping Willow Tree

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With her lovely rendition of “Under the Weeping Willow Tree,” Emmylou Harris pays tribute to “the big bang of country music.” Back in 1927, a producer from New Jersey visited the mountain town…

What The Frack Is Going On In WV?

Fracking has driven Annie and John Seay out of their Lima, West Virginia home.

West Virginia can’t get a break. After more than 150 years of domination by coal companies, which have literally gone to war with their workers and blown apart entire mountains, residents now face a…

Where Will Animals from “Bad Zoo” Go?

Taken during undercover investigation by The Humane Society.

Recently called a “bad zoo” in court, Virginia’s Natural Bridge Zoo temporarily lost its license after inspectors found more than forty violations of the Animal Welfare Act and the public pressed for its…

Get Help for Popmusicitus

Young fiddler Carson Peters performs at Blue Ridge Music Center. Photo by Erynn Marshall.

Does Taylor Swift blare from your child’s bedroom at all hours? Is Usher on constant shuffle in your house? Is watching The Voice the closest you get to family bonding? If…

One Song: Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow

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Old time performers Anna & Elizabeth are it again. Since capturing hearts with their handmade crankies—magical scrolling displays that tell a story while they sing— this melodic duo has put together a new album.…

Appalachian Code Switching

Many people's Appalachian accents grow stronger when talking with mountain family.

Appalachian accents are like no other. A mash up of influences—British Isles, German, African dialects, probably some Native American—all mixed together and baked in our secluded hills for a couple…

One Song: Mama

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North Georgia native Caitlin Marie Bell brings us a new tune with her signature haunting vocals along with some beautiful guitar work. Starts off slow and builds to be a real toe tapper.…

Natural Bridge Zoo: From Bad to Worse?

Natural Bridge Zoo Investigation

Based on recent USDA inspections, Virginia has temporarily suspended Natural Bridge Zoo’s permit to exhibit wild animals. This comes after an undercover video documented dozens of instances of animal abuse…

One Night In Galax

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If you’re an old time music fan, you know Galax, Virginia. It’s no bigger than my thumb—just a few thousand residents—but home to more musical talent than five Nashville’s rolled…

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