Season 6, Episode 8
Host: Paul Brown
Special Guests: The Piedmont Pals with Verlin Clifton and Adam McPeak’s Kentucky Thunder
Writer’s: Rob LaPrelle and Ralph Berrier
This episode of the Floyd Radio show is hosted by long time journalist, producer, and former NPR host Paul Brown featuring his Piedmont Pals as well as local bluegrass band, Adam McPeak and Kentucky Thunder. The Piedmont Pals include legendary round peak musician Verlin Clifton, and his grandson Wes. The band plays old time tunes, Little Maggie, Cripple Creek, Benton Flippin’s version of Durham’s Bull and Cotton Eyed Joe. Paul interviews Verlin about the old days and his time playing mandolin in The Camp Creek Boys and other local bands. Paul talks about his unique fiddle lessons and time spent with the late Benton Flippin and Paul shares his own version of the Bible story of Adam and Eve. Adam McPeak and Kentucky Thunder play Highway Paved with Pain, Steel Rails and Wild Bill Jones. Jasper Jenkins presents “windows” and Hans the lovable Labrador from Chateau Morisette finds his favorite Yoga position. The show wraps up with a couples journey along the Blue Ridge Parkway where budget cuts have them filling pot holes, milking cows and mowing the overlooks with goats. They luckily end their adventure in the comforts of the Hotel Floyd where they have a chance to recuperate and enjoy the Hotel’s green building and technology. Kentucky Thunder plays the show out with the old Rhonda Vincent tune, Driving Nails In My Coffin and an old fiddle tune.