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Randy Culler
Attended North Carolina State University
Lived in Mount Airy, NC
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Across the Blue Ridge #30 - Immigrant Band, plus great tunes and songs from the mountains

This week, our host Paul Brown brings in a collection of fabulous fiddle tunes old and new, including one from Erynn Marshall’s new album of her own composed tunes. A band made up primarily of immigrants from Ireland and Italy puts across some great old time American tunes. And fiddler Rafe Stefanini, who emigrated from Italy to the U.S. because he loved old time music, tells us about how he thought up the idea for the Immigrant Band album, and how he named it – calling on words from a song that was a favorite of North Carolina’s Tommy Jarrell. American old-time and bluegrass music reaches around the globe these days, and this week’s show lets us feel the love. Plus … we hear some exciting yet poignant field recordings made from the 1940s into the 1960s. They’re just a little scratchy, but good, transporting us to times gone by.
This week, our host Paul Brown brings in a collection of fabulous fiddle tunes old and new, including one from Erynn Marshall’s new album of her own composed tunes. A band made up primarily of immigrants from Ireland and Italy puts across some great old time American tunes. And fiddler Rafe Stefanini, who emigrated from Italy to the U.S.
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"Tried growing mushrooms before, and it didn't work" – if I had money for every time someone has said that to me I'd be a very rich man...and probably no longer a mushroom farmer! Mushrooms are notoriously unreliable to grow, partly due to the mass-produced low quality kits that people often try. Almost mystical organisms, they seem to pop up in the wild in an unpredictable way, often only appearing for just 5 or 6 days before vanishing back into the ground again, not to be seen in the same spot for another year or three. Yet, despite a poor reputation amongst home growers, by using a particularly simple technique and getting a bit of insight into how mushrooms grow, it is possible to successfully grow your own gourmet mushrooms at home. So how exactly are mushrooms cultivated? How can you have success at home? And more to that point - what's all this got to do with waste coffee grounds?
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Tony Rice Unit
Here's a great audio clip of Tony Rice, Darol Anger, Todd Phillips, Mike Marshall Live WNCW Radio

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That tune "Dysentery Stomp" was on Darol's solo project Fiddleisticks, with essentially the same band Rice, Phillips, Marshal, Grisman and others . Can't find it anywhere.
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Apollo 11 Command ModuleView Command Module

To mark the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon-landing mission, the Smithsonian has made available a high-resolution 3-D scan of the command module “Columbia,” the spacecraft that carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon. This highly detailed model allows anyone with an internet connection to explore the entire craft including its intricate interior, which is not possible when viewing the artifact in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian is also making the data files of the model available for download so it can be 3-D printed or viewed with virtual-reality goggles.
The Apollo 11 Command Module, “Columbia,” was the living quarters for the three-person crew during most of the first manned lunar landing mission in July 1969. On July 16, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins were launched from Cape Kennedy atop a Saturn V rocket.
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Paul Williams Sings Fraulein with Doyle Lawson & Joe Mullins- July 2016

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Flatt & Scruggs legacy lives on with Earls of Leicester
I thought we would put out a record, everybody would be amused and we would have gotten it out of our systems,” Douglas said. “It would be, ‘OK. We’ve done it. We’ve done our part to re-educate the audience, our audience, to what Flatt & Scruggs meant to the genre. Then we’ll let it go.’ But it just caught fire. I mean, I’ve never really seen anything like it.
The Earls of Leicester initially intended on a short reign. Assembled by one of bluegrass music’s most respected journeymen, Jerry Douglas, the band was organized as a performing tribute to the string-music tradition of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Douglas had planned to return to the other multitude of artistic commitments vying for his time. It didn’t happen that way.
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The US space agency NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is preparing astronauts for the future Mars mission. A team of astronauts has been sent to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean where they will stay for 16 days and prepare for the future deep space missions. The mission will tell whether astronauts can survive in such challenging conditions and it will boost the confidence of astronauts for Journey to Mars.
The US space agency NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is preparing astronauts for the future Mars mission. A team of astronauts has been
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Yeah, we should spend that on more political ads instead +Steven Bradford 
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Duelin' Banjos
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Though Ronny Cox is closely associated with “Dueling Banjos” in the 1972 film, Deliverance, there is far more to the story than the scene on screen.

"Dueling Banjos" was an instrumental composition by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith. It was composed in 1955 by Smith as a banjo instrumental he called "Feudin' Banjos," which contained riffs from "Yankee Doodle."

Smith recorded it playing a four-string plectrum banjo and accompanied by five-string bluegrass banjo player, Don Reno.
The composition's first wide scale airing was on a 1963 television episode of The Andy Griffith Show called "Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee," in which it is played by the visiting musical family, the Darlings, played by The Dillards, a bluegrass group.

The song was made famous by the 1972 film, Deliverance, which also led to a successful lawsuit by the song's composer, as it was used in the film without his permission.

The film version, arranged and recorded by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell and subsequently issued as a single, went to #2 for four weeks on the Hot 100 in 1973, all four weeks behind Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly With His Song," and topped the adult contemporary chart for two weeks the same year.

It reached #1 for one week on both the Cashbox and Record World pop charts. The song also reached #5 on the Hot Country Singles chart at the same time it was on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary Singles charts.

Weissberg, who was hired to record the song, had no idea it was hit until he heard it on his car radio while driving.
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It was a fitting finale for a banjo master who became renowned for the subtlety of his style. There weren’t any pyrotechnics or confetti cannons or gold watches, and there wasn’t a parade of musicians taking the stage to play one last tune with Eldridge. But two original Seldom Scene members were there—Tom Gray and John Starling—as were the active members of the still-vital band, including Eldridge’s replacement, Rickie Simpkins.
There is something charming about the informal nature of a Seldom Scene performance. Although I’ve only followed the band for the last 15 years or so, I imagine it’s been that way since the group first started in 1971.
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    Computer Engineering, 1983 - 1987
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Bluegrass banjo, SF Fan, C++ Programmer
Introduction
I'm a lover of bluegrass music and play 5-string banjo with my band Bluegrass & Beyond. We play regionally and have released two CD's, Living' a Dream and Cover of the Bluegrass News. We do a mixture of original and cover material in a traditional bluegrass style. Bluegrass & Beyond is a great bunch of guys, and I couldn't ask for a better outlet for my music. I like a wide variety of music, so its not uncommon for my MP3 player to transition from Flatt & Scruggs to Meat Loaf to Steve Earle to Merle Haggard to Ozzie Osborne. You could get musical whiplash hanging out with me!

When I'm not pickin' the 5, you can usually find me reading or watching science fiction or fantasy. I cut my teeth on the likes of Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, and Poul. While I prefer hard SF, I also enjoy a good fantasy ranging from LOTR to Highlander to Pern. My favorite TV SciFi has to be Babylon 5 with Star Trek: DS9 a close second. I'm not a great fan of Hollywood's "let's blow up a lot of stuff and have some icky BEM's (bug eyed monsters) eating people" kind of scifi.

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Can program with a hex keypad, ran a successful computer BBS back in the day, and can make the most awesome chili you ever tasted
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I work as a computer engineer, designing and programming SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems and doing energy management control. While I've concentrated in C++ and C programming, I have also dabbled in circuit board design, embedded systems, client / server software, as well as some web work.
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