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John Jorgenson, Levon Helm, Ronnie Bowman, Del McCoury and Doyle Lawson featured on this Week's Best of Pickin

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The Best of Pickin kicks off your weekend with a look at the John Jorgenson Band. He’ll be in town next weekend as a part of the Northshore Point Concert Series. Also, music from Ronnie Bowman and his solo release from 2002 entitled “Starting Over.” Bowman had just left the Lonesome River Band and had moved to Nashville to try and carve out a new path in his career. This wasn’t his first solo album, but it has been considered one of his finest. He lad backing from long-standing Bluegrass artists like dan Tyminiski, Jerry Douglas, and Ron Stewart. Also, music from Levin Helm and his Grammy award winning release “Dirt Farmer.” It was his first release in 25 years. Tune in for the Best of Pickin- two hours of both traditional and progressive bluegrass music. Friday night at 11 on 89.5

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.