Minnesota native and Nashville songwriter Sally Barris appears on the Folk Hour and shares her heartwarming tunes and discusses life as a Nashville songwriter. Sally is a wonderful singer and an accomplished songwriter, and her songs have been recorded by some of the top artists in Nashville. For more information, check out her website at www.sallybarris.com.
The Littlest Birds migrated from the mountains of Sierra Nevada to Gainesville Georgia to appear on this edition of The Chattahoochee Folk Hour. Cellist David Huebner, and 'banjotista' Sharon Martinson combine their skilled musicianship with their tender harmonies to perform modern 'old time' music. Performing live in the studio, David and Sharon share a few classic old time tunes, along with several of their original songs. Their music is simple and pure, like their band name, yet intricate and complex as they combine the melodic clawhammer banjo with the deep and rich tones of the cello. For more information on The Littlest Birds, check out their website at www.thelittlestbirds.net.
UGA Professor Tommy Jordan appears on the Folk Hour and enlightens us on the significant contribution of folk and 'old time' music to the building of our rich musical heritage. In addition to his duties at the University of Georgia, Tommy is a major contributor to the folk music scene in north Georgia, and is one of the organizers of The North Georgia Folk Festival, an annual event which takes place this year on October 5 in Athens. In this edition of the Folk Hour, Tommy plays several folk tunes on his 1953 Martin guitar, and a few clawhammer banjo tunes on his OME banjo. From performing with his band, String Theory,to playing for contra dances, to his solo performances, Tommy brings a reverence and respect to music that pulls his listeners into this wonderful community built on the very basis of our American tradition. It was a pleasure for me to spend this hour with him in the studio, and to accompany him on a few tunes with my G harp. For more information on the North Georgia Folk Festival, check out their website at www.athensfolk.org, , and for Tommy's website, www.tommyjordan.com.
Enjoy the music of Sam Bush, Jefferson Ross, The Howlin Brothers, and other great artists on this edition with Co-Host Sam Taylor. During the Crazy World segment, Ralph puts Sam through his paces with obscure college mascots.
Get your howl on with 'The Howlin' Brothers', three incredibly talented musicians and singers who are blazing their trail in Americana/bluegrass circles. Ben Plasse, Jared Green and Ian Craft met at Ithica College, and began playing old time music together. After college, they moved to Nashville and honed their talents into a high energy band full of toe tapping tunes and high drivin' harmonies. On this edition of the Folk Hour, The Howlin' Brothers play several of their tunes live in the studio and discuss their debut album, 'Howl'. The sound quality in the studio was so pure that you can even hear Jared's high stepping during the show, reminiscent of John Hartford. During the Crazy World segment, learn techniques for a truly effective 'howl', and join in the first ever 'group howl' in the comfort of your own home. The Howlin' Brothers are the real deal, and it was such a pleasure to have them on the show. For more information, check out their website at www.thehowlinbrothers.com.
Asheville residents Melissa Hyman and Ryan Furstenberg combine cello, guitar and beautiful harmonies as 'The Moon And You', and present their melodic tunes on the Folk Hour. I had the good pleasure of meeting Melissa and Ryan at the Southeastern Regional Folk Alliance in Montreat, and they appeared on the Folk Hour during one of their trips to Atlanta. Find out more about Melissa and Ryan at their website, www.themoonandyou.com.
Jefferson Ross left his Georgia home at the ripe old age of 18 with guitar in hand, headed to Nashville, where he spent 27 years as a songwriter on Music Row. Along the way, he was a road musician and background singer for CCMA Entertainer Of Year, Terri Clark. Now, he has returned to Georgia, and brought his brand of 'Grooves, Grits and Great Stories' to The Chattahoochee Folk Hour. On this edition, Jeff sings several of his tunes on the Folk Hour, and brings stories of American life to song. Great having you back in the 'promised land' Jeff! For more information, check out Jeff's website at www.jeffersonross.com.
On this edition of The Chattahoochee Folk Hour, host Ralph Taylor visits the Southeastern Regional Folk Alliance meeting at Montreat, North Carolina. Over 200 musicians, singers, songwriters, promoters and venue hosts gathered for a celebration of music at Montreat, and in this first of a two part series, Ralph interviews and shares the music of three featured performers: SERFA President Kim Richardson from Arkansas; Dennis Cash from North Carolina, and Lara Herscovitch from Connecticut. The Folk Alliance is a vibrant community of artists who share a passion for their music, and Kim, Dennis and Lara discuss their musical journeys and emphasize the importance of the support and encouragement from their fellow musicians involved in the Folk Alliance. For more information on these wonderful artists, visit www.kimrichardsonmusic.com; www.denniscashmusic.com/# and www.laraherscovitch.com.