"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 was 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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This episode traces the history and music of the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer & the Hammered Dulcimer.
This episode walks through the history of the guitar and its pickers in Appalachia and beyond.
This episode traces the evolution of the banjo and styles from Africa to the Appalachian Mountains
The episode tells the history of the fiddle and its profound influence in Appalachian music & culture. The fiddle is often called "The History Book of Appalachia".
This episode answers the question "What is Appalachian Folk Music"
This episode takes a look at the origins of "Early Appalachian String Music" and its contribution to mountain style music and music in general.
This episode tells the story of Coal Mining in Appalachia, the Miners, & their Coal Mining Music