Friday, August 10, 2012

In the Tradition 8/21: Musicians of the Rhythm and Roots Festival & Blair Mountain Project

The first part of the program will feature the music of artists who will be performing at the Rhythm and Roots Festival August 31-September 2, 2011, in Charlestown, RI.

Confirmed phone guests (so far):
Johnny Nicholas (7:15pm)
Dom Flemmons - Carolina Chocolate Drops 

2012 Artist Lineup

Updated 8/08/12
Hosted by 4-time Grammy Nominees
The Pine Leaf Boys (Fri/Sat/Sun) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page

and proudly presenting
Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band (Sat) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
Nanci Griffith (Sun) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
David Bromberg Big Band (Sun) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
Carolina Chocolate Drops (Sat) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
La Bottine Souriante (Sat) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (Sat/Sun) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
The Duhks (Sat/Sun) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
Donna the Buffalo (Fri) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic (Sat/Sun) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page 
The Gourds (Fri/Sat) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie (Fri/Sat) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
Blackie & the Rodeo Kings (Sat/Sun) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars (Fri/Sat) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
Johnny Nicholas & Hellbent (Sat) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
Sarah & the Tall Boys (Fri/Sat/Sun) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Stomp (Sat/Sun) website
Golden Triangle (Sun) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
The New Orleans Suspects (Sun) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
Planet Zydeco (Sat/Sun) website
Magnolia Cajun Band (Sat/Sun) website
Jesse L├ęge & Bayou Brew (Fri) website | Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page
Hot Tamale Brass Band (Sat/Sun) website |  Visit the Pine Leaf Boys' Facebook page

Soon after 8pm we will shift our focus to the West Virginia Mine Wars, featuring a phone interview with Saro Lynch of the  Blair Mountain Project , their music, related music and the documentary, "Remembering Blair Mountain", produced and edited by Miranda Brown for "Talking Across the Lines." More info here.


Ninety years ago, the largest insurrection in United States history took place in the lush, isolated mountains of West Virginia. After years of striking for better wages and fair treatment, up to 10,000 coal miners marched and then battled on Blair Mountain, Logan Co. WV in the early fall of 1921. The miners, many of whom were WWI veterans, only ended their efforts when the National Guard arrived to quell the fighting. Blair Mountain has been identified as a site qualified for the National Historic Register, and yet strip mining daily endangers this mountain and destroys its historic integrity. Virtually unknown to most Americans, the story of Blair Mountain must take its rightful place in history in order to be saved.

Blair Pathways is a unique music project designed to lead the listener through the events of the Southern West Virginia Coal Wars, including the 1921 Battle of Blair Mountain, and create an understanding of the labor movements that came before and after this crucial event.

The project is focused on the following outcomes:
Creation of a Music CD Featuring:
+Traditional music of West Virginia that tell Blair Mountain’s story
+A historic exploration of these songs as they relate to Blair and other movements
+A map detailing the events at Blair Mountain as they relate to each song
In Addition:
+The creation of educational materials and lesson plans to supplement the CD
+Ongoing archiving of songs in the new movement to save Blair
+Fostering proceeds from this project to fund efforts to save Blair Mountain
+By tapping into Appalachian musical traditions such as old-time, hymn-singing, blues, shape-note, balladry and more, we at Blair Pathways seek to illustrate the stories of the miners and citizens who fought at Blair, connecting historic struggles to our modern day experiences!

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Jeff Boudreau
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