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A Mystery Novel From The Coalfields And Our Song Of The Week, This West Virginia Morning


On this West Virginia Morning, Russell Johnson is an attorney in North Carolina, but he was originally from Charleston and his family comes from McDowell County.

His first book, The Moonshine Messiah, is a mystery set in the coalfields of West Virginia. Bill Lynch spoke to Johnson about his book and the long road to getting published.

Also, in this show, our Mountain Stage Song of the Week comes to us from one of Americana’s top artists, Grammy award-winning musician Jason Isbell. We listen to his performance of “Strawberry Woman,” which appears on his 2023 album Weathervanes.

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Eric Douglas is our news director and our producer this week. Caroline MacGregor is our assistant news director.

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