Larry Bellorín is a musician from Venezuela, who is seeking asylum in the U.S. He thought his musical career was in the past until he met Joe Troop, a GRAMMY-nominated musician and North Carolina native who introduced Larry to the folk music and traditions of Appalachia, which seemed quite similar to the joropo he played in Venezuela. Their duo, Larry & Joe, is the realization of a dream for both musicians. It’s also a reminder for Larry of what — and who — he had to leave behind.
Hello! My name is Joni Deutsch, and you may have heard my voice on West Virginia Public Radio or seen my curly-haired self at the merchandise table at Mountain Stage shows. I’m absolutely excited to announce that my new music program, “A Change of Tune,” is debuting on West Virginia Public Radio this Saturday night from 10-11 PM. I know there’s been a lot of talk recently about schedule changes and questions about “that Deutsch girl,” so I thought I’d take a moment to tell you a little more about myself and why my show is an entirely different radio experience.
Growing up in Charleston, I loved listening to all sorts of music ranging from folk to indie rock, classic pop to electronica, and so much more. There’s something beautiful in hearing something new or unexpected and then realizing that established favorites have a lot in common with newfound jams.
Those feelings are what spurred “A Change of Tune’s” creation. The show is made to mix “classic” artists like James Taylor and Fleetwood Mac with “new” artists like Mumford & Sons and Vampire Weekend, all while expanding your music horizons with “up-and-coming” artists that you might not know about just yet. I love how “A Change of Tune” has a unique voice that just could not survive anywhere else but on public radio. West Virginia Public Radio is a perfect house for such an eclectically amazing music program, and I cannot wait to share my love of music with you all!
I realize that change can be difficult to wrap one’s head around, particularly when it involves something you weren’t entirely expecting; believe me when I say I’ve been there, done that. But change can also be an absolute whirlwind of wonder, excitement, and enrichment. I strongly believe that it’s time to look at radio in a new way, particularly when it comes to music, and I hope that you have a chance to tune in to my show this Saturday night and, hopefully, for many more Saturday nights to come.
I’ve put a lot of heart and thought into the show, and even if you’re not a fan of The Black Keys, Phil Collins, Lorde, The Who, or some of the other show’s artists, I promise that some part of the show will open your eyes to a new world of music and be, well, “A Change of Tune.”
I know this was more of a one-sided chat, but I’d still love to hear your thoughts and music opinions! I can be reached on my show’s social media pages: facebook.com/achangeoftune, twitter.com/achangeoftune, and instagram.com/achangeoftune.
Drop of Sun Studios in Asheville, North Carolina, is in the midst of an indie rock hot streak. Inside Appalachia host Mason Adams contacted Drop of Sun co-founder Alex Farrar to find out how he got into making music, and what’s the secret behind making buzzworthy music albums.
This week on Inside Appalachia, Drop of Sun Studios in Asheville, North Carolina has put out some of the hottest indie rock records of the year. We talk with one of its co-founders. We also visit the Alleghany Highlands, where Appalachia’s maple syrup traditions are changing with the times. And, poet Lacy Snapp introduces us to east Tennessee’s poetry scene.
On this West Virginia Morning, Drop of Sun Studios in Asheville, North Carolina has become something of an “it” record studio. Run by Alex Farrar and Adam McDaniel, the studio has racked up a slew of acclaimed records inside the past year, including albums by Angel Olsen, Archers of Loaf and more.