Kinney Rorrer

Kinney Rorrer brings his extensive knowledge of blue grass and old-time music to the airwaves each Sunday afternoon when he hosts "Back to the Blue Ridge on WVTF.

He retired from teaching Western Civilization, U.S. History, Military History of the American Civil War and Local History from Danville Community College. He has also conducted study-tours to Europe for DCC students taking well over 100 students to various countries in Western Europe during the last eleven years. 

He has been in love with old-time and bluegrass music since childhood. His father, a native of Franklin County, played old-time fiddle on occasion and his younger brother played guitar. His father's uncles were professional old-time musicians who made commercial recordings in the 1920's. Kinney recalls, "We had some of their old 78's that I would play on the Victrola and I was absolutely captivated by the sound. I learned to play old-time banjo as a teenager and I have been involved with the music one way or another ever since." 

Combining his love of history and music, he has conducted numerous workshops on old-time music at The University of Chicago Folk Festival The Alaska Folk Festival (Juneau) Augusta Heritage Center (Davis and Elkins College-Elkins, West Virginia) Festival of American Fiddle Tunes at Port Townsend, Washington Minnesota Folk Festival, Berea Old-Time Music Festival-Berea, Kentucky. He has written liner notes on old-time music for various record companies and articles for "The Journal of Country Music and Old-Time Music." His biography of pioneer old-time musician Charlie Poole, "Rambling Blues The Life And Songs of Charlie Poole," was published in London, England in 1982, and is still in print. In 1999, he wrote the entry on Charlie Poole for the Country Music Foundation's Encyclopedia of Country Music. He has co-hosted two different bluegrass and old-time music radio shows in the Danville area over the past 20 years. He also serves as the Vice President for Public Relations for the Dan River Region Bluegrass Music Association.

Kinney also is featured in the book, "Clapton's Guitar: Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument," by Allen St. John.

Back to the Blue Ridge on WVTF

Back to the Blue Ridge is WVTF's locally produced two hour weekly program featuring traditional acoustic music of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Piedmont region.

From traditional to contemporary bluegrass and old-time music to blues, gospel and a few Americana selections, host and producer Kinney Rorrer each weekend features an eclectic mix of music focusing on the tradition and culture of the region served by WVTF.

Kinney is a retired history professor at Danville Community College and an avid lover of old-time and bluegrass music.  As a musician, he's known for his skill as an old-time banjo picker.