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Tad Walters and Th' Bullfrog W

As a child, Th' Bullfrog Willard McGhee paid no attention to notion that "telling stories won't get you anywhere." For Bullfrog, telling a story has made him who he is — a traveling blues musician who has taken a footing in the Piedmont of North Carolina. He is a true blues man taking his music across the country. His rhythmic picking and mean slides will grab your attention, while his puffs on a harmonica hung about his neck and his raspy voice and quick winks swoon all those watching. The interlude he delivers between songs are worthy of a weekly newspaper column, but most importantly, like any blues man, he never responds to anyone who calls him by his Biblical name. Born in West Virginia, he's spent time in Chicago, Boston, California and even worked in New Orleans as a cab driver until Hurricane Katrina relocated him to the Triangle. In this episode of Sound Situations we'll hear the blues music of Th' Bullfrog accompanied by Tad Walters and learn a bit about what it's like to be a historic relic in a modern musical landscape.


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Dark Water Rising

Lumberton, NC is home to the Native American tribe the Lumbees. The city sits on the coastal flat lands of Eastern North Carolina and is named after the Lumber River — which runs through the community. The Lumber River is surrounded by dense swamps marked by large bald cypress trees. When the river swells — the swamps grow. The dark river water rises and the large root-basin of the cypress trees become hidden. This is the land of Robeson County and home to the band Dark Water Rising. Led by vocal gem and small-town sweetheart, Charly Lowry, the six-piece is balanced equally with feminine and masculine parts. The group has a sound marked by a soulful swing and matched with determination. We'll hear amplified songs along with a special acoustic set from the upstairs lunchroom of the Mecca Diner in downtown Raleigh. We'll learn what it is to be a young band from Eastern North Carolina and why they frequently travel to the Triangle.


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CREDITS
  • camera operators
    • Alysse Miller
    • Josh Bielick
  • sound
    • Josh Bielick
    • Kelly Reid
  • editor
    • Josh Bielick
  • host
    • Kelly Reid
  • producer
    • Kelly Reid
  • executive producer
    • Suzy Hooker