30 Days of #WVmusic

30 days. 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews. Join A Change of Tune's Joni Deutsch throughout the month of June as she highlights some of the most wild and wonderful music coming out of West Virginia.

Here's what critics have to say about 30 Days of #WVmusic:

"Local programming that transcends location." - Poynter contributor Melody Kramer, who placed the 30 Days of #WVmusic series next to Mr. Rogers and Terry Gross on the list of "50 Ways to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act"

"Few folks have promoted the regional music scene like Joni Deutsch... Hats off to Deutsch and her summer help Nathan Thomas for this ambitious project shining a light on so many of the great artists based out of West Virginia's burgeoning indie music scene." - The Herald-Dispatch entertainment writer Dave Lavender

"[It's] bringing increased attention to the state's musicians and helping listeners discover a growing and eclectic indie music scene... While people might more readily associate the state with banjo music rather than indie or punk, Deutsch wants to change that perception." -Current.org's Griffin Rowell

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Melissa Stilwell

30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews. Without a doubt, June was a wild, wonderful month to remember.

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"[West Virginia] affects everything about how I do my job and the way I live my life."

Mrs. Husband

"For better or worse, I can’t seem to do anything other than exactly what I feel compelled to do any given day, can’t seem to make a type of music just because I want to make that type of music."

Roberto Cavolo / Two Dollar Radio

"We want to always have this doomed artist cliche that doesn't exist, but there's always these other individuals as a part of the story as well."

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"It wouldn’t be considered commercially viable [as a traditional music venue]... and that’s what makes it unique.”

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From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and A Change of Tune, this is 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.  

And today's interview is with an Appalachian quartet who are creating a new mountain sound for the next generation. This… is Apple Pappy.

Chris Workman

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and A Change of Tune, this is 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.  

And today's interview is with an Appalachian acoustic punk rocker who isn’t afraid to sing about hills, pills and unpaid bills. This... is Sheldon Vance.

Sean Seaman

“Every community is bound to bare some sort of sound and champion that, but it’s not as definite as it used to be.”

Melissa Stilwell

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and A Change of Tune, this is 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.  

And today's interview is with the Huntington drummer with the best seat in the house, keeping time for William Matheny and Tyler Childers. This... is Rod Elkins.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A Morgantown summer music clinic is taking local kids and turning them into rock stars—teaching them the importance of the arts while introducing them to new and exciting people. This story is part of Joni Deutsch's 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.

Samantha Waldron

“We felt that by coming together to write authentic music, we offer a modern-day "sound treaty" to the legends and heroes of grassroots, outlaw country and bluegrass music.”

Craig Acheson

People ask, “It’s a rock school. How do they graduate from this?” And I always say, “We win (and they graduate) when they go make music, play in bands and go out into the community on their own. That’s when everyone wins.” 

Sarah Taylor

"We need to work to retain young musicians so we can continue to grow the scene from within."

Tyler Evert

"There’s another generation [of blues players] coming up... if the flames are stoked well and kept alive. "

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From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and A Change of Tune, this is 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.  

And today's interview is with a loud and unapologetically proud pysch-rock outfit out of Huntington, West Virginia. This... is ScroungeHound.

King Nique of Real Ones Entertainment

"I've realized there is no recipe for rap."

The Oberports

"When we get on stage, I feel like that’s where we’re supposed to be… that’s what we’re supposed to be doing."

Shawn Corrigan

"Had we not chosen to be in Morgantown, TeamMate wouldn’t exist."

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"As an artist, you’re your own product. When all you see is everyone’s best and all you feel is your worst, it can be so defeating and crippling to be stuck in this place of 'Why am I not there yet?'"

Patrick Garvey

"[The Phantom Six] never went away. I’m not one of these guys who can get a record out every two years, but it’s consistent though. I’ve kept doing it for a long time. I don’t plan on stopping."

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