Atwater-Donnelly

Ozark Highlands Radio Project

In 2015, Elwood and Aubrey were invited by Daren Dortin, music director at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas, to create and research topics for approximately ten, 4-7 minute radio segments for Ozark Highlands Radio at www.ozarkhighlandsradio.com. We were asked, in particular, to focus on the life and work of Jean Ritchie, our friend and mentor for 23 years, and ended up with twelve segments on various topics with excerpts of archival and previously recorded music. They were recorded, engineered, and edited in September, 2015 by Jeff Glover at the Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR. You can access the show here. Our segments are at the 40-minute point in each hour. You may notice some repetition in narration and that is because these segments were created and intended to stand alone on different airing dates. Below are the segments by themselves as well as links to the entire shows.

Segment 1

Segment 1 aired on OHR Episode #19. We are in great company with Mountain View, AR area friends Dave Smith, Duane Porterfield, and Mark Jones.

Our segment recorded, engineered, and edited in September, 2015 by Jeff Glover at the Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR.

Jean Ritchie Sings Pretty Saro (click to listen)

Narration includes comments on Jean Ritchie’s life, the cultural and historical backstory of Pretty Saro, and Jean’s introduction of the mountain dulcimer into the wider folk world. Pretty Saro, traditional, performed by Jean Ritchie.

For the full program, episode #19, on Ozark Highlands Radio, you can listen these ways:


Segment 2

Segment 2 aired on OHR Episode #20 with The Howlin' Brothers.

Our segment recorded, engineered, and edited in September, 2015 by Jeff Glover at the Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR.

I’ve Been a Foreign Lander (click to listen)

Performed by Atwater~Donnelly with Cathy Clasper-Torch and Torrin Ryan Narration: background on Jean Ritchie, her parents Balis and Abigail Ritchie and their wedding in 1895. Elwood reads from Jean’s book, The Singing Family of the Cumberlands. Aubrey discusses floating verses and ballad references in the song and acknowledges the Celtic roots of American music.

For the full program, episode #20, on Ozark Highlands Radio, you can listen these ways:


Segment 3

Segment 3 aired on OHR Episode #21 OHR Presents: Grandpa and Ramona Jones.

Our segment recorded, engineered, and edited in September, 2015 by Jeff Glover at the Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR.

Jean Ritchie Sings Black Waters (click to listen)

Narration includes background on Jean Ritchie, her song writing, activism, and pseudonym. Black Waters is one of Jean Ritchie’s important, powerful, and complex original songs addressing the heart-breaking issues of the coal mine industry in eastern Kentucky by way of depicting the destruction of beauty, nature, and a way of life.

For the full program, episode #21, on Ozark Highlands Radio, you can listen these ways:


Segment 4

Segment 4 aired on OHR Episode #22 The Leatherwoods and Apple Brothers.

Our segment recorded, engineered, and edited in September, 2015 by Jeff Glover at the Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR.

Early Radio/The Carter Family sings Pale Wildwood Flower (click to listen)

Narration includes comments about early radio, the Carter Family, “Hillbilly Music,” and Jean Ritchie’s first experience with radio. Elwood reads from Jean’s book, The Singing Family of the Cumberlands. An excerpt of The Carter Family singing and playing the now iconic sentimental song, Pale Wildwood Flower.

For the full program, episode #22, on Ozark Highlands Radio, you can listen these ways:


Segment 5

Segment 5 aired on OHR Episode #23 entitled Locust Honey.

Our segment recorded, engineered, and edited in September, 2015 by Jeff Glover at the Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR.

The Play Party (click to listen)

Narration: Aubrey discusses the background and history of the American Play Party with excerpts of traditional songs performed by Jean Ritchie including Goin’ to Boston, Killy Kranky, and Over the River Charlie.

For the full program, episode #23, on Ozark Highlands Radio, you can listen these ways:


Segment 6

Segment 6 aired on OHR Episode #24 entitled Lukas Poole & "The Midnight Ramblers."

Our segment recorded, engineered, and edited in September, 2015 by Jeff Glover at the Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR.

The Happiest Christmas/The Ritchies sing Brightest and Best (click to listen)

Narration: Aubrey provides some background on Jean Ritchie and the Ritchie family. Elwood reads about the Ritchie’s first Christmas tree from Jean’s book The Singing Family of the Cumberlands.

For the full program, episode #24, on Ozark Highlands Radio, you can listen these ways:


Segment 7

Segment 7 aired on OHR Episode #25 on Malcolm Holcombe.

Our segment recorded, engineered, and edited in September, 2015 by Jeff Glover at the Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR.

Banjo Pickin’ Girl: Lily May Ledford (click to listen)

Narration: Aubrey talks about the life of trailblazing banjo and fiddle player, singer, and early radio star Lily May Ledford with an early recording of The Coon Creek Girls peforming Banjo Pickin’ Girl.

For the full program, episode #25, on Ozark Highlands Radio, you can listen these ways:


Segment 8

Segment 8 aired on OHR Episode #26 on Mike Snider.

Our segment recorded, engineered, and edited in September, 2015 by Jeff Glover at the Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR.

Cross Pollination of Folk Music and Dance (click to listen)

Narration: Aubrey talks about the spreading of a particular song from musician to musician, The Red Rockin' Chair, in Kentucky, Rhode Island, and Arkansas.

For the full program, episode #26, on Ozark Highlands Radio, you can listen these ways:


Segment 9

Segment 9 aired on OHR Episode #27 on Muriel Anderson.

Our segment recorded, engineered, and edited in September, 2015 by Jeff Glover at the Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR.

Arkansas Ballad Singer Almeda Riddle/Will the Weaver (click to listen)

Narration: Aubrey talks about the life and singing of remarkable Arkansas ballad singer Alemda Riddle, featuring the ballad Will the Weaver.

For the full program, episode #27, on Ozark Highlands Radio, you can listen these ways:


Segment 10

Segment 10 aired on OHR Episode #28 on Carolyn Carter and The Cobb Brothers.

Our segment recorded, engineered, and edited in September, 2015 by Jeff Glover at the Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR.

Seafaring Songs in the Ozarks and Appalachia (click to listen)

Narration: Aubrey talks about the presence of seafaring folk songs in landlocked places such as the Ozarks and Appalachia as a reflection of the migration of people in history.

For the full program, episode #28, on Ozark Highlands Radio, you can listen these ways:


Segment 11

Segment 11 aired on OHR Episode #29 on the Poor Valley Girls.

Our segment recorded, engineered, and edited in September, 2015 by Jeff Glover at the Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR.

Women Warrior Ballads (click to listen)

Narration: Aubrey discusses images of women in traditional folk music and shares three songs about women challenging boundaries in society by passing as men or defying standard rules of conduct.

For the full program, episode #29, on Ozark Highlands Radio, you can listen these ways:


Segment 12

Segment 12 aired on OHR Episode #31 on the Roe Family Singers.

Our segment recorded, engineered, and edited in September, 2015 by Jeff Glover at the Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR.

African Roots of American Folk Music (click to listen)

Narration: Aubrey discusses the African roots of American folk music, sharing snippets of songs and tunes from the African Akonting, the Georgia Sea Island singers, Bess Cronin, Lily May Ledford, Sheila Kay Adams, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

For the full program, episode #31, on Ozark Highlands Radio, you can listen these ways:


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