Between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s, about three and a half million people migrated from Appalachia to the urban manufacturing centers of the Midwest. Over 40,000 came to the Dayton area from West Virginia, Tennessee, and especially Eastern Kentucky, seeking work at companies like National Cash Register, Frigidaire, and General Motors. They brought their culture and their music along with them. Archives Fellow Jocelyn Robinson brings us the rich mountain heritage in the WYSO audio collection, preserved through the efforts of three local brothers.
Pat Carine, Dave Finster, Nora Dunning and Dave Younkin have been performing together as Mad River Railroad for roughly a year and are now recording a debut album and playing lots of live gigs. The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and spoke with host Juliet Fromholt about recording, performing and fusing traditional and progressive bluegrass.
Previously performing as a trio, Cincinnati's Hickory Robot has been a quartet since 2011. Last fall the band released sophomore album, Sawyer and has been keeping busy since then performing regionally including opening for Dr. Ralph Stanley. Hickory Robot visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and chatted with Niki Dakota about Sawyer and upcoming performances.
Hickory Robot performs on Saturday, September 21st at the Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival.
Ricky Skaggs has enjoyed a long career as one of the best mandolin players on the planet. He has been playing since he was a small boy. At an early age he met many of his musical idols; Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Ralph Stanley. He decided that it was finally time to tell his story. And what a story he has to tell in this memoir "Kentucky Traveler - My Life in Music."
On this episode of The Midnight Ramble, host Tom Duffee has Miami County band Sugargrove in the studio.
In the first segment, avid banjoist Duffee learns of the origins of Sugargrove's 1968 Gibson banjo, followed by a live performance of a pair of Bill Monroe tunes: an off-the-cuff rendition of Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and a more rehearsed instrumental, "Jerusalem Ridge."