By Peter Jones, WTJU Folk Director
Before we look forward to what 2013 has to bring, let us glimpse back at 2012. We started the year with a live broadcast of Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group's concert from Jefferson Theater, where several lucky WTJU listeners got the chance to spend time during a special “Meet & Greet.” We followed that up with visits from Railroad Earth and the Claire Lynch Band. We even broadcast the latter group's concert from the Mockingbird in Staunton as a surprise for our listeners. To close out the month, we had Grammy winners the Carolina Chocolate Drops in for a visit.
January was just an example of all the great visits and performances we had with musicians all year long. David Bromberg, Nathan Salsburg, Sarah Siskind, Eilen Jewell, Hard Road Trio, James Leva, Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt, Mandolin Orange, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Raya Brass Band, The Teetotalers, Swayback Sisters, Lake Street Dive, members of the Infamous Stringdusters, Donna the Buffalo, Robin & Linda Williams (in studio this time), Wayne Henderson, Gaye Adegbalola, Kathy Mattea, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, Josh Ritter, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Sammy Shelor, Joe Ayers, Sean Keane, Tristan Clarridge, the Steel Wheels, Tim O'Brien, David Wax Museum, Joel Harrison String Choir, Doug & Telisha Williams, and John Doyle were just a few of the traveling artists to stop by our studios. And that list does not even include any of the local acts who stopped by, including the Honey Dewdrops, Love Canon, Beleza, Alligator, Buzzard Hollow Boys, Trees on Fire, Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun, Alex Caton, Ned Oldham, Matty Metcalfe, Maya Lerman, Virginia Ramblers, Downbeat Project, Michael Clem Trio, Ashley McMillan, Tara Mills & Yankee Dixie, and Gallatin Canyon.
2013 looks to be just as busy as ever. Already we have welcomed the Bell Ringers, Jeebus, Anna Roberts-Gevalt & Elizabeth LaPrelle, Taarka & Grant Gordy (David Grisman Quintet), and Donna the Buffalo. And have we mentioned the upcoming Folk Marathon (February 4-10) and WTJU Benefit concert with Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group on February 2?
Happy New Year, and thanks for listening!