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'Pickin': More Bands You Need to Know

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The Best of Pickin’ continues its look at “Bands You Need to Know” with a look at Mountain Heart. Formed around traditional bluegrass, the band quickly branched out with an infusion of jazz and rock into their distinct sound. The act has had numerous musicians interwoven into their projects including members of the former “Cherryholmes and James King bands.” We’ll hear several selections from them. Also, music from Greensky Bluegrass, Trampled by Turtles, Billy Strings, and plenty of others.

Tune in for The Best of Pickin’ -- both traditional and progressive Bluegrass Friday night at 11 on WHRV. You can also stream the program live online.

Barry Graham used to arrive at WHRO with a briefcase full of papers and lesson plans. For 32 years he taught US and Virginia Government in the Virginia Beach Public Schools. While teaching was always his first love, radio was a close second. While attending Old Dominion, Barry was program director at WODU, the college radio station. After graduating, he came to WHRO as an overnight announcer. Originally intending to stay on only while completing graduate school, he was soon hooked on Public Radio and today is the senior announcer on WHRV. In 2001, Barry earned his Ph.D in Urban Studies by writing a history of WHRO and analyzing its impact upon local education, policy and cultural arts organizations.