50 episodes

Hillbilly Podcast invites listeners to learn about and fall in love with the people and culture of Southern Appalachia. Proud, loyal, fierce, friendly, canny, meek, sophisticated, reserved...all these words are ones that describe the people of Southern Appalachia. Mountain folk from North Georgia and Alabama, through the Southern Highlands of East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia, up through West Virginia, Eastern Pennsylvania, and parts of Maryland have baffled and confounded outsiders for centuries. Rooted deep in the mountains and grounded in their Scotch-Irish heritage, these pioneers carved out a life in the midst of a rugged, isolated terrain. Their gumption, strong will, pluck, stubbornness, smarts, and reliance on family, community, and faith helped them succeed in settling this place, where many of weaker constitution would have failed or given up. This is the stock we come from. This is the place that shaped us. Likewise, in turn, those hill people and their descendants have shaped the nation and world, from their Mountain Empire.

The goal of this show, and one of my driving passions, is to share this mysterious place and its fascinating people with outsiders. The Heart of Appalachia is rich in tradition, music, lore, legend, and mountain wisdom that dates back to and beyond a millennia or so. People everywhere need to know about what a treasure we hold here. This is what Hillbilly Podcast is all about.

Regularly occurring Hillbilly Podcast segments are: On the Porch, a narrative of a Southern Appalachian neighborhood from a front porch perspective; Hillbillies and Friends, which includes interviews with everyone from regular folks to small business owners, old-timers, new-timers, citified hillbillies, and real, legit mountain people; Question of the Week, where we ask a question to our listening audience, social media followers, or in a "hillbilly on the street"-type setting, and then talk about the responses and try to make sense of things from the hillbilly perspective; and Appalachia in the News, in which we report on or give insight into things that are going on in current events that pertain to the region. Crime stories, energy issues, highlighting achievements of Appalachian residents and businesses, news of the weird and the weird in the news - we've got a little bit of everything.

Ideas for upcoming recurring segments are: Hillbilly Kitchen, making the greats of the Southern Appalachian supper table, and Hillbilly Hymn Time, a musical segment promoting mountain music from traditional Appalachian/Scotch-Irish ballads to old hymns, Southern Gospel, and Classic Country music.

Welcome to the Heart of Appalachia. Sit down, relax, and enjoy the sights and sounds of our Mountain Home.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 36 Ratings

Hillbilly Podcast invites listeners to learn about and fall in love with the people and culture of Southern Appalachia. Proud, loyal, fierce, friendly, canny, meek, sophisticated, reserved...all these words are ones that describe the people of Southern Appalachia. Mountain folk from North Georgia and Alabama, through the Southern Highlands of East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia, up through West Virginia, Eastern Pennsylvania, and parts of Maryland have baffled and confounded outsiders for centuries. Rooted deep in the mountains and grounded in their Scotch-Irish heritage, these pioneers carved out a life in the midst of a rugged, isolated terrain. Their gumption, strong will, pluck, stubbornness, smarts, and reliance on family, community, and faith helped them succeed in settling this place, where many of weaker constitution would have failed or given up. This is the stock we come from. This is the place that shaped us. Likewise, in turn, those hill people and their descendants have shaped the nation and world, from their Mountain Empire.

The goal of this show, and one of my driving passions, is to share this mysterious place and its fascinating people with outsiders. The Heart of Appalachia is rich in tradition, music, lore, legend, and mountain wisdom that dates back to and beyond a millennia or so. People everywhere need to know about what a treasure we hold here. This is what Hillbilly Podcast is all about.

Regularly occurring Hillbilly Podcast segments are: On the Porch, a narrative of a Southern Appalachian neighborhood from a front porch perspective; Hillbillies and Friends, which includes interviews with everyone from regular folks to small business owners, old-timers, new-timers, citified hillbillies, and real, legit mountain people; Question of the Week, where we ask a question to our listening audience, social media followers, or in a "hillbilly on the street"-type setting, and then talk about the responses and try to make sense of things from the hillbilly perspective; and Appalachia in the News, in which we report on or give insight into things that are going on in current events that pertain to the region. Crime stories, energy issues, highlighting achievements of Appalachian residents and businesses, news of the weird and the weird in the news - we've got a little bit of everything.

Ideas for upcoming recurring segments are: Hillbilly Kitchen, making the greats of the Southern Appalachian supper table, and Hillbilly Hymn Time, a musical segment promoting mountain music from traditional Appalachian/Scotch-Irish ballads to old hymns, Southern Gospel, and Classic Country music.

Welcome to the Heart of Appalachia. Sit down, relax, and enjoy the sights and sounds of our Mountain Home.

    Johns Hopkins University, A Heart for Appalachia, and Mountain City Medicine with Heather Newman

    Johns Hopkins University, A Heart for Appalachia, and Mountain City Medicine with Heather Newman

    Heather Newman is one sharp cookie. After her family moved around a lot as a child, they finally settled for the long haul in Southern Ohio, but Heather found her true "home" and calling in the mountains of Appalachia. A family doctor whose pedigree includes graduating from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Heather felt drawn to working with rural, underserved people and communities and directed her attention towards a residency in Kingsport, TN, by way of ETSU's Quillen College of Medicine. Practicing medicine in remote Johnson County has its challenges, but I'm certain if anyone can make a difference, this lady can. Listen to her fascinating story and be in awe of her heart and passion for the health of the people of this region. Enjoy and share with your friends and relations.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Appalachian Cooking "Cornteen" Style, Bidets, and A Journey to Japan with Matt Newman

    Appalachian Cooking "Cornteen" Style, Bidets, and A Journey to Japan with Matt Newman

    My friend, Matt Newman, from Southwest Virginia's Coal Country talks about cooking under quarantine, getting back to his roots in the garden, and the ever-fascinating subject of foreign-style commodes and commode accessories, if that's what you want to call them??? Lol. We're talking about bidets and squatty potties, people. It's riveting! Tune in and tell all your friends!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Appalachian Project, Petey The Pink-Tailed Possum, and Hillbilly Talk with Shane Simmons

    The Appalachian Project, Petey The Pink-Tailed Possum, and Hillbilly Talk with Shane Simmons

    Shane Simmons is an expert on all things Appalachia. I came into contact with him when he started a podcast called Hillbilly Talk and then kept following him and a group he co-founded called the Appalachian Project. Shane loves to promote Appalachia and all that's good about our region and I'm a fan of what he does. Shane is also an author and co-author - Legends & Lore of East Tennessee, and most recently, a children's book entitled Petey the Pink-Tailed Possum: A School Tail. Maybe the most knowledgeable guest we've had to date on the ins and outs of what makes Appalachia tick, I think you're going to love hearing from Shane. Enjoy and share with friends!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Blair's Gap, Momma's Cooking, and Big Orange Golf Carts with Kenneth Conkin

    Blair's Gap, Momma's Cooking, and Big Orange Golf Carts with Kenneth Conkin

    Kenneth Conkin tells us about growing up in Sullivan Gardens, in Kingsport, TN. His stories of farm life, momma's cooking, and getting electricity for the first time are priceless. You are going to loving hearing from Kenneth, who also happens to be one of the biggest Tennessee Vols fans I know. He's good people. Go Big Orange!

    • 56 min
    Coal Miner's Daughter, Moonshine Escapades, and Good, Old Fashioned Meanness with Madeline Alley and Geneva Browder

    Coal Miner's Daughter, Moonshine Escapades, and Good, Old Fashioned Meanness with Madeline Alley and Geneva Browder

    Octogenarian, Madeline Alley, and her daughter, Geneva Browder, talk about growing up and living life in the coal camps of Southwest Virginia, where going to the company store, existing without electricity or indoor plumbing, and entertaining yourself with mischief were just part of daily life. Madeline tells about a simple life, but insists that having plenty to eat and having their basic needs and wants met was enough to keep them from understanding that they would be considered "poor" to much of the outside world. Madline's daughter, Geneva Browder, helps tell the tales of their lives from the coal mining towns of Imboden and Exeter, Virginia, to the city of Kingsport, TN. These two ladies are wonderful guests and are full of spunk. You'll love hearing their stories!

    • 1 hr
    Espresso in Lisbon, Football in Kiev, and Irish Roots with Sarah Beth Lovell

    Espresso in Lisbon, Football in Kiev, and Irish Roots with Sarah Beth Lovell

    In Part 3 of our One Year Anniversary set of episodes, Guest Host, Mandie Carter, talks with me about my travel experiences in Portugal, Ukraine, England, Ireland, and Honduras. We discuss my espresso habit I developed in Lisbon, Fan Zone football excitement in Kiev, beautiful landscape in Bootle, England, Waterford Crystal in Ireland, and adventures on medical missions in Choluteca, Honduras. I'm enjoying talking about all these wild times we've had in all these wild places we've been and I really hope that these stories have been a source of blessing and entertainment to you all! Relax and enjoy yourselves!

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Cincinnai Girl ,

Great podcast

I’m a born and raised Cincinnati girl with lots of family around your area! Love listening to the podcast it makes me feel close to family and the beautiful mountains!

Noswal ,

Miss you

Have missed hearing the greatest podcast in all the South. It just reminds me of literally sitting on the porch and talking with a friend that I haven’t met yet. It makes you feel all warm inside. Can’t wait to see what Christmas season brings Hillbilly Podcast.

LeighAnn85 ,

Kingsport

I absolutely love your podcast! Its one of my favorites. I’m in Virginia towards the mountains and I used to go to Kingsport every summer. I absolutely loved it and cherished the banjo pickin’ I heard. I haven’t been in about 25 years unfortunately and I’m sad to hear how much it’s grown up. I’m not a city person, never have been.

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