Back to the Blue Ridge

Saturdays 8-10pm and Sundays 2-4pm 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.

For this week’s edition of the Here & Now DJ Sessions, we sit down with Kinney Rorrer, longtime host of “Back to the Blue Ridge” on WVTF public radio in Roanoke, Virginia. He shares a number of young bluegrass musicians who are carrying on the music’s traditions, including 12-year old fiddle player Kitty Amaral.

Music From The Segment

Kitty Amaral, “Tennessee Mountain Fox Chase”


We recently had regional musicians Larry Hall and Marvin Harlow on the show. Larry Hall has played with The Stanley Brothers, Clinton King, Reno & Smiley, and Bill Monroe and now performs with his own band, Larry Hall and the Virginia Mountaineers. Marvin Harlow is also an established musician - they performed a few songs for us and talked some bluegrass with host Kinney Rorrer.  

Back to the Blue Ridge Live Show - Spring 2015

Mar 9, 2015

Join James Leva and his band, as well as Johnny and Jeanette Williams and their band, as they perform in WVTF's Roanoke studio in front of a live audience for the 2015 Spring fund drive. 

Kinney Rorrer knows a few things about bluegrass. He’s the longtime host of public radio’s “Back to the Blue Ridge” on WVTF Public Radio in Roanoke, Virginia. He also plays the old time banjo and worked as a history professor for 37 years.