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Pickin and The Country Gentlemen

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Sunday Night’s Pickin this week looks at the legendary Country Gentlemen. The band formed in the early 1960s in Washington DC when there was a thriving Bluegrass music Scene there ( many former residents of Appalachia and the  South had flooded into the region for work in the 40s and 50s bringing with them a love for the music. By the early 60s, there were countless venues and bands around the region featuring the music). Though the line-up changed, the classic group of John Duffy, Charlie Waller, Eddie Adcock, and Tom Gray is considered a pinnacle of the group’s  performing career. The group played traditional bluegrass yet would also shift to adapting music from other genres to their bluegrass style. Today, “The Gentlemen” are remembered as one of the finest second generation bluegrass bands who helped to solidify Bluegrass music as a true American art form. Tune in for 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.