Southern Songs and Stories

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  • The Ambivalence and Embrace of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning with Olivia Ellen Lloyd

    Country artist Olivia Ellen Lloyd talks about her life story and debut album Loose Cannon. Includes music excerpts as well as commentary from host Joe Kendrick.

  • Tough Times Encapsulated in the Beauty of Her Song: Esther Rose

    Esther play two songs from her new album live, and talks about her being a country music misfit, about taking the tough times she has experienced and encapsulating them in the beauty of a song, her musical influences who are anything but household names, and much more.

  • Getting Back To the Basics of a Great Song With Tyler Ramsey

    There is a complexity to Tyler Ramsey’s music, and a corresponding simplicity. It makes for an intriguing yin and yang, with an abundance of lyrical and instrumental components matched with his lucid fingerpicking style guitar playing. These stylistic poles are not opposites in Tyler’s musical world, rather they become complimentary, and over his career he…

  • Hard Work, History and Hope in Small Town Southern Appalachia: Pony Bradshaw

    Music from and conversation with James “Pony” Bradshaw about his home in north Georgia and his album Calico Jim

  • The Sonic and Existential Transformation of Amythyst Kiah

    When people talk about artists like Aretha Franklin, St. Vincent, Paul Brady and Sam Cooke, they tend to talk about these artists’ best known work, their music that came after their formative years. For Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke, her Columbia Records sides and his time in The Soul Stirrers tend to get glossed over.…

  • Twenty Years In, A New Sound and A Different Kind Of Heartbreak: Lucero

    Memphis quintet Lucero has been making straight ahead rock without a hint of pretense since 1998, and just over two decades in, they are at an inevitable crossroads of sorts. A little over twenty years in with record number ten would be mileposts no matter what life had brought a band, but throw in big…

  • Dom Flemons: Finding New Ways Forward By Reviving Music’s Past

    Conversation with Dom Flemons and music from his album Prospect Hill, as well as selections from that record’s reissue disc of bonus material. Plus, you will hear Dom joining up with Reverend Peyton and Steve Cropper on a new cover of “Shake Your Moneymaker”.

  • Winter 2021 Preview

    Excerpts of upcoming guests’ interviews and music

  • They’ve Got It Covered: The Bluegrass of Darin and Brooke Aldridge

    Darin and Brooke Aldridge speak with host Joe Kendrick about their latest projects, what their life is like outside of music, and more. Includes music excerpts from their 2019 album Inner Journey as well as a new Christmas song.

  • Walking 100 Miles Through Barbed Wire To Get To The Reservoir: Kenny Roby

    The story of how Kenny Roby’s fifth studio album came into being, along with music from the record and commentary from host Joe Kendrick. Full interview of Kenny Roby is here: https://youtu.be/GB49tWcULgM Full interview of Dave Schools is here: https://youtu.be/lVwcz77rrFk

  • Arm in Arm on Their Journey: Steep Canyon Rangers

    Conversations from members of Steep Canyon Rangers as well as plenty of their latest music, including a live performance from Woody Platt and Graham Sharp of their song “Honey On My Tongue”, on WNCW. Jacob Groopman of the band Front Country joins us along the way, and we get a word from Steve Martin as…

  • Grass That Goes Against the Grain: Wood & Wire

    Guitarist and singer Tony Kamel and mandolinist Billy Bright talk with host Joe Kendrick about their album No Matter Where It Goes From Here, about their home state of Texas, about working with Peter Rowan and more. Included are excerpts of music from No Matter Where It Goes From Here.

  • Carryin’ On With Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires

    Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires are amongst the most celebrated couples in music, and their star continues to rise. Theirs is a story that brings to mind iconic husband and wife teams like Johnny and June, and they can boast an ever growing legion of fans and critical acclaim. The past year or so has…

  • Telling the Tale of Music

    Recently, an old friend of mine hit me up to contribute to a storytelling compilation he was making, and after lots of procrastinating, I came up with my own story — or rather, my own account of how I love to tell stories. Brian John Mitchell is the friend in question, and he started his…

  • Going Over Home With Doc Watson

    The story of how a long lost archive came back to light, including the one-of-a-kind Doc Watson spoken word performance.

  • The Allman Betts Band: Where The Song Is The Boss

    Because it is 2020, nothing is the same, and music is no exception — podcasts like this one included. As we all find ourselves in the new reality that the coronavirus pandemic has thrown at us, however, the old mantra that “the show must go on” still holds true. And in our case, Southern Songs…

  • Running Horses and Reinventing Country: Charley Crockett

    Charley Crockett describes his approach to making his own brand of music, dubbed “Gulf and Western”, talks about his native Texas and his time in New Orleans and California, and much more. Song excerpts from his seventh album Welcome To Hard Times are mixed in along with interviews with Charley and producer Mark Neill, and…

  • BJ Barham and American Aquarium: It All Ends With Revealing Our History

    In the first episode of this series, you got to hear about how BJ Barham turns uncomfortable conversations about the dark parts of Southern history into songs, about racial and class divides, how influential Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen are to his music, and about how things stand for American Aquarium and in the music…

  • BJ Barham and American Aquarium: It All Starts With Just One Word

    This is the first of a two episode series on BJ Barham of American Aquarium, with in depth conversation with BJ Barham as well as guests Ronda Chollock, a music promoter from Charlottesville, Virginia, and music artist Tyler Boone, who grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, but now calls Hollywood home. We get into topics…

  • Simple Truths And Charm With A Punch: Paul Thorn

    Conversation with Tupelo, MS native Paul Thorn, including live music from his March 2020 appearance in Shelby, NC. Commentary and insights into the world of the former boxer and sky diver from host Joe Kendrick as well as music professional Angela Backstrom and longtime Paul Thorn fan Jeff Williams.

  • Elonzo Wesley: The String Band With An Indie Rock Approach

    There have been any number of bands that started out in one mode only to wind up in another sooner or later. In one of our film documentaries, Amanda Anne Platt talked about thinking that she was a rock and roller at first, only to have an artist friend tell her that the songs she…

  • A Subtle Beauty And Poetic Message: Chatham County Line’s Strange Fascination

    Music from Chatham County Line’s album Strange Fascination along with commentary and an in depth interview with members of the band.

  • Balsam Range: From Broom Dances And Cake Walks To Maybe The Best Bluegrass Band In Haywood County, NC

    Get set for a lively and in-depth conversation with members Buddy Melton, Darren Nicholson, Marc Pruett, Caleb Smith and Tim Surrett, as well as many Balsam Range songs in this episode. Plus, you will hear from musician, writer and radio host Carol Rifkin as we talk about how Balsam Range and many other bluegrass bands…

  • A Soundtrack To An Enduring Icon: Dolly Parton

    In this episode we dive into the world of film soundtracks and the story of Dolly Parton with an interview of two of Dolly’s long time collaborators, Mark Leggett and Velton Ray Bunch. We’ll also feature some of their work from Dolly’s latest project, the series Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, along with a new guitar piece…

  • Do You Know Your Own Gravity? Traveling To The Imaginary Worlds Of Los Coast

    Los Coast makes music that, if you asked ten people, could easily be described ten different ways. Their music combines so many elements of so many styles, that attempts to describe it can quickly become an exercise in making word salad. Soul, jazz, rock, funk, gospel and psychedelia are all at the foundation of Los…

  • Looking Back On The Year, Through The Decade & To The Roots Of Southern Songs And Stories

    A special retrospective show. It is the end of the year and the end of the decade, which is the perfect opportunity to talk about the recent history of Southern Songs and Stories and to give some context for this endeavor.

  • When Music Is More Than Music, And Becomes A Family: Marcus King

    Sometimes it is easy to say what type of music you are listening to, and to pick out what influences go into an artist’s music. But how many times have you heard lazy analogies that, even when they have merit, might only scratch the surface of what informs that artist or band. And on first…

  • Pass The Biscuits, Please: Thanksgiving History And Food From The Pilgrims To Today

    Celebrating the holiday with some of the fascinating history of the events surrounding its beginnings and how it evolved, with a focus on all the great food on our tables, especially here in the South, and some music on the side.

  • The Unlikely Story Of A Band With A Lot To Like: Mipso

    The band Mipso is a group that never anticipated being as successful or as long lived as they became. It is a band that mandolin player Jacob Sharp called unlikely, because none of the members studied music when they met in college at UNC-Chapel Hill, and none of them thought music was going to be…

  • Beautiful Intentional Communities With Hiss Golden Messenger

    Hiss Golden Messenger front man MC Taylor told me that what he learned from his time as a folklorist is “that … there are magical things happening everywhere all around us … and people create beautiful intentional communities and cultural movements around the smallest things that … maybe a lot of other people would never…

  • Defining A Sound As Elusive As Their Namesake: The Deer

    The Deer are a band that does not fit into any one box, any single term you might use to describe them. The term “folk” comes up a lot when you hear about this Austin, Texas quintet. Descriptors like “indie folk”, “transcendental Texas folk” and “psychotropic folk” are all floating around out there, but like…

  • When Bluegrass Gets Weird And Psychedelia Goes Acoustic: Yonder Mountain String Band

    When talking about how things used to be two decades ago, Adam Aijala, guitarist and founding member of Yonder Mountain String Band said, “We could play a hardcore bluegrass festival, and we’d be the weird band; we could play a jam band festival and be the only band without drums.” That is not always the…

  • Dangermuffin: Reaching Into A Mythical Past And Rocking A Modern Jam

    Dan Lotti once said, “For me, the whole artistic process is rooted in a sort of spiritual practice. I’m not outwardly yogic, but every single day I’m involved in a yogic practice of meditation and stretching. I think that practice inevitably breathes and inspires the music. It opens you up to a lot of different…

  • On The Road With Southern Songs And Stories: Tales From Colorado To Carolina

    Happy summertime, y’all. It is the time of year to go places and take in some live music. And in this episode of Southern Songs and Stories, we tag along with several artists as they tell us some of their tales from being on those highways and byways. You will hear new stories from bands…

  • Getting Ruened With Henry And Rupert Stansall Of The Ruen Brothers

    Henry and Rupert Stansall, known as The Ruen Brothers, are roots rock artists from England. They speak about their love of American icons like Bobby Womack and Johnny Cash, the flourishing Americana scene in the UK, and much more. Performances of many songs from their performance at the spring Albino Skunk Music Festival are also…

  • Don’t Say No To The Muse: Side Hustles, Part Two

    Conversations with The Deer, members of Calexico, Scythian and The War & Treaty, plus music and commentary

  • Side Hustles, part one: For Musicians, The Gig Economy Is Nothing New

    The first of a two part series on how music artists make ends meet, with interviews and music from Dangermuffin, Elizabeth Cook, David Ball, Warren Hood and Brian Swenk, including commentary on many issues at play in the arts economy.

  • The War and Treaty: Blowing The Roof Off and Loving Without Limits

    Their biographies read like something out of a movie, and probably should be made into one. We interview Michael and Tanya Trotter of The War and Treaty, their producer Buddy Miller, audience member Sharon Meeker, and music therapist Gretchen Chardos Benner, along with commentary and lots of live music from their performance on 4/12/19.

  • Wagon Wheel: Anatomy Of A Hit

    Tracing the origins, ascendancy, saturation and backlash surrounding “Wagon Wheel”, the song that is in many ways bigger than the artists who made it. From music by the likes of Big Bill Broonzy and Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup that foretold it, to the almost forgotten sketch that Bob Dylan first gave it, to the ambitious…

  • Town Mountain: There’s Never A Last Ride In The Van

    Bluegrass five piece band Town Mountain talks about their latest album as we feature songs and bring in more conversations from people like their producer Caleb Klauder.

  • Hickory Wind: Marshall Chapman and Mourning Dove

    Singer songwriters Marshall Chapman, Lisa Stubbs, Niels Brooks and Peter Cooper talk about their music and their music and the history and culture of Upstate South Carolina. Featured are songs from all of these artists, along with excerpts of The Byrds and Nick Drake, along with commentary and analysis by host and producer Joe Kendrick.

  • Mac Arnold: The Blues That’s Got Nothing To Prove

    This episode on Mac Arnold tells his fascinating story and features some fantastic blues music. Mac played with the biggest names in the blues, he was behind the scenes of hit TV shows, he has a crack band and a love for farming the same clay soil he did as a boy. There is a…

  • The Steel Wheels: Striking A Balance Between Tradition and Progress

    In this episode, you will hear an engaging interview with members of The Steel Wheels and several others familiar with the band. We talk about bringing new life to songs close to a century old, the push and pull of wanting to make music but also wanting to address the massive divides between us and…

  • Women In Music: What They Face And Overcome

    In this episode of Southern Songs and Stories, we hear from Amanda Anne Platt of the Honeycutters, Natalya Weinstein of Zoe & Cloyd, Hannah Kaminer, Alexa Rose and Ygerne Moonie, telling us about their experiences, as we question what makes music so male dominated in the first place, what preconceptions do to hold women back,…

  • Women In Music: The IAMAVL Video

    Why does it seem to be harder for women to make music? What are they dealing with and what hurdles do they overcome in making their art? I sat with Amanda Anne Platt, Natalya Weinstein and Hannah Kaminer at IAMAVL recently to get their perspectives on these kinds of questions. I will take the audio…

  • Tellico: This Is Appalachia

    When it comes to hard times, trouble and loss, Appalachian music might as well have the patent. The mountains are often more beautiful than bountiful. There is no second line down in the mines. Poverty and sorrow are ever present, but hardened resolve and hope are there too. The four piece band Tellico captures the…

  • Tellico: Appalachian Roots For The 21st Century

    Interviews with band members in Tellico as well as Jon Stickley and Ty Gilpin, plus commentary from host Joe Kendrick and new music from the band’s second album, Woven Waters.

  • The King Of Broken Hearts: Jim Lauderdale

    Interviews with Jim Lauderdale, Craig Havighurst and Glenn Dicker with commentary from host Joe Kendrick along with plenty of music by Jim.

  • State Of The Podcast Update

    Doing this series is incredibly rewarding, just not so much in the money sense. You can probably already see where I am going with this… Jim Lauderdale is featured in our next podcast. He is pictured here playing at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC for Jam In The Trees on 8-26-17. There was…

  • State Of The Podcast

    A lot has been going on with Southern Songs and Stories, and I am here to let you know about all I have been up to, and some plans we have in store.

  • Remembering Jeff Eason

    To honor Jeff, and to revisit some of those good times that we had on the radio together, here is a special presentation of several of his What It Is episodes, including some of the behind the scenes chatter that we had surrounding those episodes.

  • Time Sawyer: the band with a banjo that is definitely not bluegrass

    Our episode on the band Time Sawyer, with live songs from their June 2018 performance in Burlington, NC, interviews and commentary, plus a look at the artist-curated music festival scene along the way.

  • Time Sawyer

    Let’s say you are not that interested in playing music as a kid, not really into it until early adulthood. However, you decide to partner with your best friend from second grade and form a band, and make it a full time endeavor soon after graduating from college. This coincides with the worst economy in…

  • Green Acres Music Hall, Part Three

    The conclusion of our history of Green Acres Music Hall, with a focus on later years in its four decade run, and new interviews with artists like Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush and Mike Lynch, along with performances ranging from the very first bluegrass show played at the Acres on December 30th, 1978, which is playing…

  • Green Acres Music Hall, Part Two

    Do you remember the 1980s? The Cold War, Reagan, big hair, synthesizers, yuppies, AIDS, MTV? It can be easy to point and laugh at times, maybe easier than it is to remember the good things about the era. It did not make national headlines, but one of those good things was Green Acres Music Hall,…

  • Try Rhyming “Orange”

    I’ll admit, I got nothing. We all have access to the same words, but very few of us can write a really good song. This is what lifelong musician Sandy Carlton told me in the course of our interview about his experiences at Green Acres Music Hall and beyond, as I captured more voices for…

  • Green Acres Music Hall, Part One

    This is the beginning of the Green Acres story, with interviews of artists like Bela Fleck, John Cowan, the band Acoustic Syndicate, plus the man who was instrumental in bringing them there, Steve Metcalf, among others. There is plenty of music from the venue as well as commentary on the overall music scene in the…

  • The Music And Culture Episode, Part Two

    Guests Laura Boosinger, Daniel Coston, Ty Gilpin, Jens Kruger, Fred Mills, Kim Ruehl, Stu Vincent and Garret Woodward along with host Joe Kendrick examine the intersections of Southern culture and music.

  • The Music and Culture Episode, part one

    We ask the question of how Southern music influences culture, and how Southern culture and history worked to shape its Blues, Jazz, String Band, and Bluegrass music that became ubiquitous. Music professionals Laura Boosinger, Daniel Coston, Ty Gilpin, Fred Mills, Kim Ruehl, Stu Vincent and Garret Woodward give thought provoking answers that reveal a lot…

  • You Don’t Have To Say So Much: The David Childers Story

    When you get a first look at David Childers, when you first hear him in conversation, you could be forgiven for thinking that he might be someone who likes to sit and talk with the old timers on the bench in front of a small town feed and seed, with his burly speech and stature,…

  • On Deck: The David Childers Story

    Our next podcast episode focuses on NC singer songwriter David Childers, and it will feature Ramseur Records founder (and Avett Brothers manager) Dolph Ramseur and famed producer and music artist Don Dixon, among others. Here’s a video filmed at David’s house in Mt. Holly, NC, of the song “Greasy Dollar” which is on his new album…

  • The Jon Stickley Trio Podcast

    In this episode we dive deep into the conversation and live music of the Jon Stickley Trio that we recorded at the Spring Skunk Music Festival earlier this year, which was excerpted in the video released earlier with Grae Skye Studio. This podcast also features former bandmates of the trio, with Robert Greer of Town…

  • A Day On The Farm With The Jon Stickley Trio

    Guitarist Jon Stickley, violin player Lindsay Pruett and drummer Patrick Armitage played two rousing sets at the SpringSkunk Music Festival, and took time to talk with Joe Kendrick and Aaron Morrell about everything from their favorite instrumental bands, the making of their latest record, Maybe Believe, how “Smells Like Teen Spirit” has found its way…

  • Southern Songs and Stories with Acoustic Syndicate

    This is the story of Acoustic Syndicate: Steve McMurry, cousin to brothers Bryon and Fitz McMurry, Jay Sanders and Billy Cardine, plus others who were key to their success, like Steve Metcalf of Little King Records and Green Acres Music Hall.

  • New Shows Coming Soon

    We’ve got a big month coming up, as the Jon Stickley Trio interview and performance video will debut, plus we’ll be doing a podcast on Acoustic Syndicate ahead of their appearance at Jam In The Trees! http://acousticsyndicate.com/ We are planning a monthly series of podcasts in addition to our video documentaries. Also, we’re giving away…

  • SpringSkunk Music Fest Podcast part 3

    Music, interviews and commentary from the SpringSkunk Music Fest 2017 including Mourning Dove, Parsonsfield, The Jon Stickley Trio, T Sisters, Scott Miller and Shinyribs.

  • SpringSkunk Music Fest Podcast part 2

    Music, interviews and commentary on the SpringSkunk Music Fest 2017, with Alexa Rose, Pretty Little Goat, Stray Birds, Forlorn Strangers, T Sisters, Western Centuries, I See Hawks In LA and Shinyribs.

  • Jon Stickley Trio’s “Rice Dream” Medley

    Here  is another video of the Jon Stickley Trio playing at Spring Skunk Fest  2017. It starts with “Rice Dream” and folds  into “Never Stop” & “Della’s Walk”, with some neat effects courtesy of filmmaker Aaron Morrell. It’s a mesmerizing medley which covers the gamut of influences for the band. Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, Shark…

  • SpringSkunk Music Fest Podcast part 1

    The story of SpringSkunk Music Fest 2017, and how Joe Kendrick and Aaron Morrell partnered to make a documentary series about the festival and artists Alexa Rose and the Jon Stickley Trio.

  • MerleFest Was Great Fun And I’m Still Tired

    A week ago today, I was emceeing at Hillside Stage at the 30th MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC, wrapping up a packed three days of introducing artists and traipsing all over the festival grounds, taking in a lot of great music and talking to friends old and new. It was a hoot, as usual. This year…

  • Alexa Rose and Laura Durkin Interview

    It was a beautiful Saturday morning with more warmth and an absence of the stiff breeze we witnessed the first day or so of the festival when Aaron Morrell made his way from the mountains down to the rolling foothills of Upstate SC. He jumped into action right away when we saw Alexa Rose and…

  • Jon Stickley Trio plays “The High Road” at SpringSkunk

    They practically just stepped out of the van, and then delivered this inspired rendition of the Tim O’Brien song at SpringSkunk towards the beginning of their afternoon set, the first of two performances that day.Also, there was a kids parade, which puts a bow on it all. Stay tuned for a lot more!

  • A Little “Skunk Therapy”

    Do you have a favorite place that you return to time and again, a happy spot with friends old and new? The Skunk Farm near Greer, SC, is that and a whole lot more for the attendees (“Skunkers”) and volunteers every six months when the SpringSkunk Festival and Albino Skunk Music Festival come around. Volunteer…

  • Getting Ready For SpringSkunk

    We trekked to the Albino Skunk Farm near Greer, SC last weekend to get going on our documentary on the SpringSkunk Fest and the Jon Stickley Trio when they perform there on April 8th. I got to interview Zig and meet some of the Skunk regulars: “Hack”, “Ginseng”, “Sea Hunt” and others who were given…

  • We’re back!

    Look for more music documentary videos very soon! To find out more, check out the link to our Patreon page in the right column. Thanks for being here! An introduction to our new series of documentaries, starting with the Albino Skunk Music Festival and the Jon Stickley Trio.

  • Staying In Tune With The Musical Family At Carolina In The Fall

    Jazz artist Roy Ayers once said, “The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.” I was reminded again of that connection with an extended musical family of members both old and new recently at the second annual Carolina In The Fall Music…

  • Exotic Elegance With River Whyless

    I got the email months ago from artist manager Katie Benson, asking what my interest might be in doing a live broadcast on WNCW with Asheville, NC quartet River Whyless at their album release show at Harvest Records. Immediately I wrote back, “My first thought is, ‘Heck yeah!’. My second thought is of twisting anyone’s…

  • The Honeycutters Are Landing Haymakers

    The Honeycutters performing at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall 5-20-16 I was lucky enough to see our friends The Honeycutters at their album release show in Asheville recently, and it was a great time to reconnect with the band, with Organic Records and friends in the music world. It was also a reminder of just…

  • Southern Songs and Stories with Aaron Burdett

    Over the past weeks, our own Tony Preston has been working diligently to forge our first episode with Aaron Burdett into a new creation. We both re-imagined the way that the show should flow, which performances from Aaron and his band to show for how long and where, and the way that this would all…

  • The Acoustic Melting Pot

    (l to r): Noel McKay, Brennen Leigh, Jed Willis and Aaron Ballance practice before the show It was an unusually warm March evening when my friend Jason Lineberger and I drove east to take in a show featuring some old friends in both Zoe & Cloyd and Tellico, and a quartet that I had not…

  • Previewing Episode Three: New Videos of Tellico

    We’re happy to share two new videos of Tellico’s performance with producer Jon Stickley guesting on guitar. These will be a part of our upcoming episode on the western NC quartet. Enjoy!

  • Remixed and Reimagined

    Ever wish that you could go back in time? Yeah, us too.In the midst of working on our third episode with the band Tellico, we realized that with documentary film making, you actually can. Why not go back to the first two episodes and give them a more cohesive feel, a new intro, and take…

  • “Cause folks like us don’t feel no pain/ All them days just look the same.”

    Those two lines stayed with me the long after Anya Hinkle sang them the other night. It had been a joyous evening at our screening of Tellico’s upcoming episode, and friends both old and new filled the studio with conversation and laughter. Now, the band had settled in to perform and be filmed for the…

  • The Big Finale, Take 2!

    Last month’s event to screen our episode with Tellico and film their performance in studio was postponed when lead singer Anya Hinkle became ill the day of the show. Thankfully, she has recovered and we are ready to reschedule the festivities.Tellico perform “Waterbound” at Cowee School in Franklin, NC on 10-17-15Join us Sunday, January 17th…

  • Be a part of our big finale!

    We’re traveling to Floyd VA this week and are filming scenes there as well as in western NC to wrap up the episode on Tellico. You can get a sneak peek at the show at our event November 15th at Moonlight Mile studios where Tellico will also perform and be filmed for their documentary. Join…

  • Capturing the music of the South with Tellico

    Filming has begun on our third episode of Southern Songs and Stories. Soon we will be posting updates on our travels across the western NC and southwestern VA mountains as we get at the heart of what makes the band tick, what traditions inspire them, and shoot their performances.To help us along, visit our Kickstarter…

  • Next Episode: Tellico!

    It was only a matter of time before we brought Tellico into the spotlight. After Anya Hinkle made a guest appearance on our first episode with Aaron Burdett, we knew that we should work with her band Tellico sooner or later. Next month we begin filming our third episode with the quartet, and we’ll be…

  • Episode 2: On The Road With The Honeycutters

    It was the closest thing to being in a band that I have experienced. From late April to early June, I logged over 1500 miles traveling to The Honeycutters’ shows, to interviews and Moonlight Mile studio, where the episode was produced. I would wake up with Amanda Anne Platt’s songs in my head, and work…

  • Episode Complete!

    Joe and Amy Kendrick wearing their Southern Songs and Stories t-shirts at the Shelby, NC farmers market First off, thanks to everyone who contributed to our crowdfunding campaign which made the episode possible! We give a big shout out to: Bernie Kelly, Christina Nicholson, Jim Putnam, Barry Aycock, Debra Heimerdinger, Bill Bush, Jack Catalano, Richard…

  • Joe on the appeal of The Honeycutters

    Host Joe Kendrick weighs in on how The Honeycutters were a big hit from the start at  WNCW, and how their sound is so instantly recognizable and enjoyable.Click here to be a part of making our next episode a reality!

  • Scene from Episode Two with The Honeycutters

    Adam Tanner spoke with us about his memories of the early days of The Honeycutters in this scene from our upcoming episode. Enjoy!

  • Episode two: The Honeycutters

    We have begun filming the episode, trekking to their shows at MerleFest, the Willow Tree Coffeehouse in Johnson City, Tennessee and  The Double Door Inn in Charlotte. We wrap up the production on June 11th with their performance at our invitation-only session at Moonlight Mile in Arden, NC, where we will also film a portion…

  • Southern Songs and Stories with Aaron Burdett

    We’re excited to unveil our episode with Aaron Burdett, just in time to whet our appetite for his upcoming album, Tinderbox.Our friends at Blurt Magazine can do an even better job of telling you all about it, however.Stay tuned as we go forward with another episode on a new artist, put together a crowd funding…

  • Pilot Episode Gets A Makeover

    While we have been quiet here lately on southernsongsandstories.com, our documentary work has continued steadily, as we have rethought the first video, going on more shoots to add footage while culling some scenes and using some footage and songs that were not included before.Videographer and editor Tony Preston and myself have added scenes with Aaron…

  • Step One: Check!

    We had a great time visiting the Queen City to debut the pilot episode of Southern Songs and Stories at the Mid-Atlantic Music Conference.Thanks to Tony Preston for his many hours of filming and editing the first draft of our documentary, and to Aaron Burdett and his band for being so gracious and professional in…

  • Documentary Debuts at the Mid-Atlantic Music Conference

    We unveil the pilot episode of Southern Songs and Stories in Charlotte on October 4th at the Mid-Atlantic Music Conference. Western NC singer-songwriter Aaron Burdett is the focus of our documentary and he will play with his band at the debut.It’s an exciting opportunity to bring our film to the Queen City and to be…