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We open today’s show with guest author Diana Jones. The singer/songwriter examines how the music of Chet Atkins, the field recordings of Alan Lomax, and a re-kindled connection to her once-lost grandfather all led directly to the recording of her current CD. Museum of Appalachia Recordings will be released by Goldmine Records on November 5.
We’ll pause in between things to catch up on a Calendar of Events in the region this week, with special attention paid to events that emphasize heritage and local color.
Next, storyteller & musician Sparky Rucker explores a genre in African American storytelling called Preacher Tales. Rucker, the grandson of a Baptist preacher, explains: “I weave fact and fiction together while making my grandfather, Bishop J. L. Rucker, the ‘hero’ of these tales.” In Elder Rucker and the Ectoplasm, the younger Rucker observes a friendly competition between 3 preachers who are trying to banish ghosts from the room.
We’ll wrap things up with guest author James N. Maples, and his observations on how the relentless march of globalization threatens to swallow Appalachian culture. “My daughter will grow up amid monsters I never dreamed,” he says: “nearly endless amounts of digitized information buried in the rarely wonderful World Wide Web, a globe thoroughly interconnected by airplanes and cell phones, and the emerging of a globalized culture where everything has a tendency to look and feel the same.”
And, thanks to the good folks at the Internet Archive we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from Charlie Bowman and the Hillbillies in a 1928 recording of A Moonshiner and his Money.
So, call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian History.