Carol Rifkin: Joyously sharing traditional music, writing songs, exploring the history behind mountain music, teaching dance or engaging people to sing along; this award winning multi-instrumentalist’s soaring sweet voice is uniquely recognizable on stage or radio (WNCW). With more than 1,000 stories published in newspapers and magazines (Asheville Citizen Times, Acoustic Guitar, SingOut, more), this early member of the former Green Grass Cloggers Professional Road Team later worked solo with Tommy Jarrell, Doc Watson, and many bands, appeared in the movie “Songcatcher,” the documentary “Down Home, Appalachia to Nashville” with Jarrell and received Asheville’s 2013 Bascom Lamar Lunsford Award for “Significant Contribution to the Art of Appalachian Culture,” and on October 2, 2016 was awarded the Lunsford Award from Mars Hill University’s 49th annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival. www.carolrifkin.com
Jeanette Queen: A member of the legendary Queen Family, Jeanette learned to play and sing in the Queen family band in Jackson County, NC. The daughter of the late 2007 National Heritage Award winner Mary Jane Queen and Claude Queen, Jeanette grew up one of eight children in the mountain wilds, with music ever-present in the home. She carries forward seven generations of traditions learned from her mother and sings the songs of the mountains in her powerful clear voice www.henryqueen.com.
Carol and Jeanette are sometimes joined by:
John Fowler is an award winning storyteller, musician, ballad singer & author from the Foothills/Piedmont Upcountry of South Carolina, produced documentaries for SC Public TV, is one of 17 storytellers in “Southern Appalachian Storytellers” and won South Carolina’s highest honor in 2013, the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage award. John recently performed on the Exchange Place stage at the National Storytelling Festival; his Southern charm, skills on harmonica, fiddle and banjo combine with his historic knowledge and great sense of humor for a fun, informative show. His 2013 book “Trotting Sally, the Roots and legacy of a Folk Hero,” tells the story of George Mullins, who lifted himself out of slavery and was a once familiar street musician in the Carolinas. At WNCW since ’95, John cohosts the Sunday 3-6 p.m. mountain music show “This Old Porch.” www.hairytoeproductions.com