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Pickin: The Three Tenors of Bluegrass

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On this week’s Pickin on WHRV, we have a wide range of featured artists including music from The Three Tenors of Bluegrass-Mac Wiseman, Jim Silvers, and Bobby Osborne.  These three pinnacles of Americana Music cover many standards including Sunny Side of the Mountain, Cannoball Yodel, and Take Me as I Am, or Let Me Go.    Also, music from Red Allen and Frank Wakefield. Wakefield passed away April 26th at the age of 89 after a lengthy career performing with Jimmy Martin,  Ralph  Stanley, Don Reno, and Allen.  We’ll also have a set from the McPeak Brothers, who hail  from Wytheville, Virginia and  found  fame in the 60s and 70s when they performed on the syndicated Mel Tillis TV show.  They recorded for a time on the RCA Victor label.  It’s hard hitting bluegrass on this week’s Pickin. Sunday night at 7 on WHRV.

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.