Appalachia http://wunc.org en Listen: How To Speak With A Certain Southern Twang http://wunc.org/post/listen-how-speak-certain-southern-twang <p></p><p>"Hain't dat white rice over yonder a-sittin' sigogglin'?"</p><p><span lang="en-US"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;">That sentence is mostly non-sense, but it's also tells a quick and fascinating history of the Appalachian dialect.</span></font></span></p><p>Listen to our Eric Mennel take a lesson in Appalachian-speak from NC State linguist Walt Wolfram. (The lesson takes under two minutes.)</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:52:42 +0000 Eric Mennel 36945 at http://wunc.org Listen: How To Speak With A Certain Southern Twang Good Versus Evil In the Blue Ridge Mountains http://wunc.org/post/good-versus-evil-blue-ridge-mountains <div style="line-height: normal; font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; margin: 0px;"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><i>Beowulf&nbsp;</i></span></font><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">is a classic tale that has been told and retold in many ways. But in 2006, a team in Greensboro designed a surprising twist on the age-old tale: a music-filled play set in Appalachia.</span></font></div><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:57:22 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 35796 at http://wunc.org Good Versus Evil In the Blue Ridge Mountains How More Appalachian Girls Will Tell Stories Because Of Open Source Software http://wunc.org/post/how-more-appalachian-girls-will-tell-stories-because-open-source-software <p></p><p>Jacie Buckner and Alexis Wills are teenagers. Both grew up in the same Appalachian region of North Carolina. Jacie describes herself as quiet. Alexis says she is a rebel.&nbsp; They met in middle school, when they ran into each other in the lunchroom. " I looked at Jacie and thought 'oh my goodness, she’s going to hate me!'"Alexis says.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:48:32 +0000 Carol Jackson 32581 at http://wunc.org How More Appalachian Girls Will Tell Stories Because Of Open Source Software NC Ballad Singer Sheila Kay Adams Named National Heritage Fellow http://wunc.org/post/nc-ballad-singer-sheila-kay-adams-named-national-heritage-fellow <p>Mention the name Sheila Kay Adams to any traditional old time musician and you’re likely to elicit a reverent response. &nbsp;In the world of American ballad singers, Adams remains one of the pillars of tradition, drawing on her Madison County roots to perform and teach the old style of singing and banjo playing passed down in her family for generations.&nbsp; This week, her lifetime of nurturing and sharing traditional music <a href="http://www.arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/fellow.php?id=2013_01&amp;type=bio">earned her a National Heritage Fellowship</a> from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 18:30:00 +0000 Laura Candler 16699 at http://wunc.org NC Ballad Singer Sheila Kay Adams Named National Heritage Fellow The Crankie Comes To NC: What It Is And Why People Freak Out When They See One http://wunc.org/post/crankie-comes-nc-what-it-and-why-people-freak-out-when-they-see-one <p>When traditional Appalachian musician <a href="http://www.annaandelizabeth.com/">Anna Roberts-Gevalt</a> first showed ballad singer <a href="http://www.annaandelizabeth.com/">Elizabeth LaPrelle</a> a crankie, Elizabeth was speechless.</p><p>“I really freaked out,” LaPrelle said. She was astounded not only because she had never seen one before, but also because it was such a powerful tool for storytelling. Fri, 24 May 2013 11:48:33 +0000 Laura Candler 15871 at http://wunc.org The Crankie Comes To NC: What It Is And Why People Freak Out When They See One Appalachian Music With Old Fashioned Stage Effects http://wunc.org/post/appalachian-music-old-fashioned-stage-effects <p>While many popular musicians today seek out the newest digital technology to enhance their performances, there’s a young musical duo from rural Virginia who are moving in the opposite direction. Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle call themselves simply “<a href="http://www.annaandelizabeth.com/home.html">Anna and Elizabeth</a>.”&nbsp; Both accomplished traditional Appalachian musicians on a variety of instruments, together they have resurrected a storytelling tradition called the “crankie,” whose technology outdates their combined age (which is 50). Fri, 01 Mar 2013 20:30:00 +0000 Laura Candler 11162 at http://wunc.org Appalachian Music With Old Fashioned Stage Effects Overmountain Men Blend History, Appalachian Music http://wunc.org/post/overmountain-men-blend-history-appalachian-music <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Musicians David Childers and Bob Crawford bonded over a shared love of Appalachian music and history. The result is the second CD from their band "</span><a href="http://www.overmountainmen.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Overmountain Men</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">." Crawford is also the bassist for the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Avett</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Brothers, while Childers has had a long career with the Modern Don </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Juans</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:20:27 +0000 Dave DeWitt & Isaac-Davy Aronson 10843 at http://wunc.org Overmountain Men Blend History, Appalachian Music Ron Rash's Dark Stories From Appalachia http://wunc.org/post/ron-rashs-dark-stories-appalachia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Author <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Rash">Ron Rash</a> has been chronicling the Appalachian way of life for nearly two decades. His poetry and fiction have earned him wide acclaim and a position alongside other esteemed writers from western North Carolina. He joins host Isaac-Davy Aronson to discuss his latest book of short stories: <a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/33503/Ron_Rash/index.aspx">“Nothing Gold Can Stay”</a> (HarperCollins/2013).</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:05:11 +0000 Shawn Wen & Isaac-Davy Aronson 10693 at http://wunc.org Ron Rash's Dark Stories From Appalachia Deborah Hicks Escapes Appalachia, Returns As A Teacher http://wunc.org/post/deborah-hicks-escapes-appalachia-returns-teacher <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Deborah Hicks&nbsp; </span>grew up in an Appalachian paper mill town she hoped to escape. Her education opened doors for her to leave and travel to other parts of a country, but she returned time and again to Appalachia as a teacher. Deborah has dedicated her life to educating those that need her most - focusing on young girls in poor neighborhoods. She is the founder and director of PAGE, Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education, in Madison County.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:41:47 +0000 Shawn Wen, Frank Stasio & Christina Blyde 9002 at http://wunc.org Deborah Hicks Escapes Appalachia, Returns As A Teacher Laurelyn Dossett Performs Appalachian Style Music http://wunc.org/post/laurelyn-dossett-performs-appalachian-style-music <p></p><p><a href="http://www.laurelyndossett.com/">Laurelyn </a><a href="http://www.laurelyndossett.com/">Dossett</a>'s Appalachian style is well known. Music legend Levon Helm covered her song "Anna Lee" on two grammy winning projects, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops named their recent grammy nominated release after Dossett's song "Leaving Eden." Host Frank Stasio talks to her live at the UpStage Cabaret at Triad Stage about her upcoming shows, and she performs live in the studio.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:54:38 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 8627 at http://wunc.org Laurelyn Dossett Performs Appalachian Style Music