Composer and performer Robert Drasnin was born in Charleston on November 17, 1927. His parents were Eastern European immigrants who met while working at a munitions factory in Nitro, about 15 miles west of Charleston.
In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we'll hear why Davis and Elkins College offers a unique type of scholarship for students who play traditional folk music. And we’ll hear about a new tourism music trail in West Virginia called The Mountain Music Trail.
This week on Inside Appalachia we pay tribute to fiddler Joe Dobbs, who passed away September 21st at the age of 81. For 25 years he hosted a radio show, called Music From the Mountains, on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
The 23rd Annual African American Heritage and Culture Festival took place in Jefferson County over the weekend. From a parade to live music, and a memorial walk to the original site of John Brown’s Fort – the festival offered a variety of events for visitors.
What are the Heavy-Set Paw-Paws? What’s it like making music in Beckley, West Virginia? And what does “Appalachian Stank” mean as a music genre? I sat down with the alt-rock group’s frontman Tyler Evans to get to the bottom of these questions and more.
Stop us if you've heard this one: Soul'n'roll rocker Booker T. Jones, indie pop darlings Lake Street Dive and folk singer-songwriter Brett Dennen walk onto a stage... If that story doesn't ring a bell, you're in for a treat on this week's Mountain Stage After Midnight.
The 1930s, 40s, and 50s in Charleston- before the decline in mining jobs caused many African Americans to leave Kanawha County- those years were electric with music that could be found throughout the city on almost any night of the week. That’s what Hubert "Rabbit" Jones remembers.