This week on Inside Appalachia, we look back at a shocking crime near the Appalachian Trail and speak to the author of a book that re-examines the case. We also sample a beloved Lenten staple made in Charleston, West Virginia. It’s a Yugoslavian fish stew that has a little bit of everything. And we talk with the poet laureate of Blair County, Pennsylvania, who invented the demi-sonnet.
On Sunday, January 14 Larry Groce will welcome back John Oates to Mountain Stage as the show travels to Morgantown, WV to kick-off its historic 35th season of live performance radio. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo Hall and Oates, John Oates has been releasing solo material since 1999. In April 2017 he released his memoir “Change of Seasons.”
Now Oates is prepping for the release of “Arkansas” his latest album of roots and Americana music, due in early-2018. Originally inspired by the music and legacy of the legendary Mississippi John Hurt, the project grew to encompass other artists and styles that represent the dawn of American popular music. Oates crafted a number of original songs for the Arkansas album; selections actually inspired by the process of digging deep into the sonic soil of authentic roots music. “Arkansas” is available for pre-order now.
Oates will be joined by The Good Road Band when he appears January 14, along with already announced guests Tyminski, the latest modern country-effort from Dan Tyminski, Nashville based songwriter Lilly Hiatt, whose latest “Trinity Lane” was produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope, plus a special performance from West Virginia’s beloved storyteller Bil Lepp.
Tickets are available now online and by phone 304.293.SHOW.
On Sunday, January 21 Mountain Stage returns to the Culture Center Theater in Charleston to welcome award-winning bluegrass group Dailey & Vincent, plus IBMA Guitar Player of the Year Molly Tuttle, honky-tonk revivalists The Sweetback Sisters, and seasoned Americana group Western Centuries. Just confirmed to appear is the acoustic roots duo Richie and Rosie. Comprised of Rosie Newton-who was touring with The Mammals before she graduated high school- and Richie Stearns-whose endless discography includes three Natalie Merchant records, multiple collaborations with Jim Lauderdale and Donna The Buffalo, and Carrie Rodriguez- recently released their second full-length record, “Nowhere in Time.”
Advance tickets for January 21 are available online, by phone at 877.987.6487, or locally at Taylor Books, downtown Charleston.
Edible Mountain follows botanists, conservationists, and enthusiastic hobbyists in the field as they provide insight on sustainable forest foraging. The episodes are designed to increase appreciation and accessibility to the abundance found in Appalachia, celebrating the traditional knowledge and customs of Appalachian folk concerning plants and their medical, religious, and social uses.