Our Hosts

The Hosts

ANNA ROBERTS-GEVALTFloyd Radio Show Host Anna Roberts-Gevalt

Floyd Radio Show Host Elizabeth LaPrelle

Floyd Radio Show Regular Stewart Scales

Floyd Radio Show Regular Joe Dejarnette

Anna is a performer, teacher and producer based in Blacksburg, Virginia. She is an award winning fiddler and banjo player, who has studied with, and won the respect of the great tradition bearers of Appalachian music, including Kentucky fiddlers Bruce Greene and Paul David Smith. She tours nationally with Elizabeth, organizes a yearly Square Dancing festival, has produced a new compilation CD of young traditional musicians, and is composing music for theater productions at Virginia Technical University.

ELIZABETH LAPRELLE

Elizabeth is an acclaimed ballad singer, from Rural Retreat, Virginia. She has released three solo albums and has appeared on Prairie Home Companion; she grew up singing with her family, and has since learned from many Appalachian ballad singers, including Sheila Kay Adams and Ginny Hawker.

The Regulars

STEWART SCALES

Stewart originally hails from the Crooked Road town of Big Stone Gap, VA and is a geography instructor at Virginia Tech. He is the narrator for many of the skits and advertisements on the Floyd Radio Show and plays banjo, guitar, and upright bass. He is also the bass player and singer for New Standard, a young and traditional bluegrass band. Outside of the music spectrum, Stewart is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending as much time outside as possible.

JOSEPH “JOEBASS” DEJARNETTE

Joseph is originally from Madison County VA, and has been playing and recording traditional American music for over 10 years. As a founding member of The WIYOS, he has toured the US, Canada and Europe concluding in 2009 with the Bob Dylan/Willie Nelson tour. He has performed at the Newport Folk Festival, Lincoln Center, the Clifftop Appalachian Stringband Festival and many other venues. He now lives in Floyd where he produces records for independent artists and has worked in the studio with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Sweetback Sisters, and Lake Street Dive as well as the children of Floyd Elementary. He is known to DJ on wind-up Victrola phonographs at variety shows in New York City and was featured in the 2009 BBC documentary Folk America. He has and continues to play many square-dances, kitchens and back porches around the country.

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