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We open today’s show with guest author Gary Carden. “Robin Williams has been much on my mind,” says the NC playwright, “because, like him, I suffer from depression. I was living alone when I began to have the sense that ‘something’ was living with me. It was dark and existed just out of the range of my vision, but it followed me from room to room, and when I sat on the couch, it sat with me.”
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.
“There are more culinary delights than just pepperoni rolls and wild ramps when it comes to food in the state of West Virginia,” says Kent Whitaker, who has just published the West Virginia Hometown Cookbook. “I know that may sound a bit on the obvious side to West Virginians. However, I must admit that I still tend to have a few preconceived notions of what foods best represent a state even though I’m a culinary writer and cookbook author.”
We’ll wrap things up with a look at a newly released CD of rare and historically significant tunes captured in the 1950s in Haywood County, NC. These recordings, featuring music performances by the late five-string banjo master Carroll Best and some of his friends, document that Best was a pioneer of the melodic, three-finger banjo style.
And thanks to the good folks at the Blue Ridge Institute Archives, we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from ‘Georgia Slim’ and Ivey Rutland in a 1950 recording of Blackberry Blossom.
So call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian history.