Special On the Porch Edition: Mountain Superstitions, Fried Pies, and Renaming the Tri-Cities
Grab yourself a seat, a bottle of Dr. Enuf, and a warm fried pie and relax while my closest friend and I discuss superstitions passed down by sweet mountain grannies, the merits of our two most celebrated local fried pies, and the proposed renaming of the Tri-Cities region, here in Upper East Tennessee. Beth Sproles shares this Special On the Porch Edition with me and we give listeners a taste of what Southern Appalachian women talk about when we get together for a visit. Rabbits are chased, stories are told, laughter ensues, and a good time is had by all. After the porch talk winds down, we go to Warriors Path State Park in Kingsport, TN and Music Alley in Boones Creek, TN for a special "Hillbilly on the Street" edition of our Question of the Week segment to ask folks the pressing question: "Where is the 'hillbilliest' place you've ever been?" Our responses range from old fashioned "dairy bars" in East Tennessee to coal-mining communities in Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky, and my husband Brad and I start building and adding to our list of places to visit on a series of hillbilly-inspired road trips we're planning to take this summer. Hopefully, these adventures will lead to more great episodes, where we'll take listeners on journeys to discover, re-discover, promote and celebrate the last great vestiges of pure mountain culture. We are so excited to lead y'all on this expedition into Southern Appalachia! Buckle up and enjoy the ride! God bless!