The Chattahoochee Folk Hour

Radio show featuring bluegrass and folk music

February 27th, 2014    

The Chattahoochee Folk Hour with Sally Barris

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

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November 24th, 2013    

The Chattahoochee Folk Hour with The Littlest Birds

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.   

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August 29th, 2013    

The Chattahoochee Folk Hour with Tommy Jordan

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.

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August 23rd, 2013    

The Chattahoochee Folk Hour with Co-Host Sam Taylor

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.

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August 20th, 2013    

The Chattahoochee Folk Hour with The Howlin’ Brothers

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.

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August 5th, 2013    

The Chattahoochee Folk Hour with The Moon And You

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.

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August 1st, 2013    

The Chattahoochee Folk Hour with Jefferson Ross

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.

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July 12th, 2013    

The Chattahoochee Folk Hour featuring Jeff Mosier

I was truly honored and thrilled to host the 'Reverend' Jeff Mosier, a master banjo player and wonderful singer/songwriter, on the Folk Hour. Jeff's life has been dedicated to music, from hosting his own radio show in Atlanta called 'Born In A Barn', to playing banjo in a number of bands including The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Blueground Undergrass and The Mosier Brothers Band. He has been a major part of the Atlanta music scene, and has performed with some legends of bluegrass such as Peter Rowan. In this show, Jeff plays several of his original songs which will touch your heart and soul (I refer to them as 'harmonies of the heart'), featuring his master technique of gentle, melodic banjo. In the Trail Folks segment, adventure runner Mike Taylor stopped by the studio to share with us tales from his second attempt to run the entire Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail. and his pursuit of the legendary 'Sasquatch'. It was a memorable show that is a 'must hear', and we even had a studio audience consisting of Pat Burke, Ben Parker and Sam Taylor. Many thanks to Jeff Mosier. For more information about Jeff, check out www.themosierbrothers.com.

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June 26th, 2013    

The Chattahoochee Folk Hour at SERFA, Part Two

In this final edition of the two part series on Ralph's visit to The Southeastern Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA) conference in Montreat, this show features interviews with veteran songwriter Buddy Mondlock from Nashville, and a 'second career' songwriter, R.J. Cowdery from Columbus Ohio. Buddy and RJ share their perspectives on their respective careers in folk music and the significance of folk music in today's 'American Idol' culture. In this edition, you will also meet Hiroya Tsukamoto, a graduate of the Berkely College of Music who first learned to play bluegrass on five string banjo as a young boy in his native Japan. And, meet the Hollands, a modern day 'Von Trapp' family, touring the country in their RV, and sharing their music with communities all across America. For more information on these great artists, visit their websites at www.buddymondlock.com; www.rjcowdery.com; www.hiroyatsukamoto.com; and www.thehollands.org.

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June 21st, 2013    

The Chattahoochee Folk Hour at SERFA, Part One

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.

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