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Thursday, July 3, 2014

DJ Sessions: Back To The Land With Bluegrass

Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley performs in 2008 (Rob Crawford/Flickr).

Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley performs in 2008 (Rob Crawford/Flickr).

Kinney Rorrer knows a few things about bluegrass. He’s the longtime host of public radio’s “Back to the Blue Ridge” on WVTF Public Radio in Roanoke, Virginia. He also plays the old time banjo and worked as a history professor for 37 years.

He joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to talk about the roots of bluegrass and share some of the genre’s classic and newer sounds, including legend Ralph Stanley and Virginia’s own Junior Sisk, as well as teenage supergroup Close Kin.

Note: We now have a Spotify playlist for our weekly DJ Sessions segment! The playlist will be updated each week with new songs. Spotify is free to use, but requires a login.

Songs In This Segment

Ralph Stanley, “Carolina Mountain Home”

Ralph Stanley, “Dirty Black Coal”

Junior Sisk, “Single Girl, Married Girl,” originally by the Carter Family
Close Kin, “Fortune”
Close Kin, “Hell Broke Loose in Georgia”
Close Kin, “I Remember”

Guest

  • Kinney Rorrer, longtime host of WVTF’s “Back to the Blue Ridge.”

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  • Rick

    Hey, finally some decent music on DJ sessions!

  • Zplum

    Sure wish they had listed the names and artists of all the songs in this article.

    • Jeff Hunt

      The names and artists are listed above: “Carolina Mountain Home” Ralph Stanley, “Dirty Black Coal” Ralph Stanley, “Single Girl, Married Girl” Junior Sisk, “Fortune” “Hell Broke Loose in Georgia” and “I Remember” by Close Kin. (Jeff Hunt WVTF Roanoke)

  • Steve

    Does anyone know the name of the last band? Great female vocals.

    • Jeff Hunt

      The last tune in the segment was “I Remember” from the new CD called “Our Roots Run Deep” by Close Kin. Various young artists are featured on the different cuts, so I’m not sure who sings that particular song. (Jeff Hunt, WVTF Roanoke)

  • Little sister

    Thanks for featuring something other than the lethargic, breathy-sounding urban dirges we usually hear on DJ sessions!

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