The Appalachian Way

Hosted by Steve Smith

"The Appalachian Way" was a multi-state syndicated radio program produced in the early 1990's by Steve Smith at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. This series of weekly one-hour programs were about the music and folklife in Appalachia. The programs were written, produced and hosted by Steve Smith while working on his Master's Degree in Appalachian Studies.

Recently, Steve digitized episodes from the original reel-to-reel tapes. Due to some tape degradation there are a few glitches, but the majority of the programs are intact.

Programs will continue to be added so please check back for future episodes.

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Early Appalchian String Music

Steve Smith

This episode takes a look at the origins of "Early Appalachian String Music" and its contribution to mountain style music and music in general.

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The Dulcimer

Steve Smith

This episode traces the history and music of the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer & the Hammered Dulcimer.

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The Banjo

Steve Smith

This episode traces the evolution of the banjo and styles from Africa to the Appalachian Mountains

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Politickin' in Appalachia

Steve Smith

This episode is about "Politickin' Ways" in Appalachia in the last century. (Program episode was done in 1991)

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The Bristol Sessions

Steve Smith

This episode tells the story of the beginning of commercial country music which got its start at the recording sessions in 1927 in Bristol, TN/VA.

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