Monday, April 30, 2012

Episode 108 (Week of 4-30-12): "Ohio Valley Rain" by Cornerstone

Please see below (after the transcript and show notes) for links to news and upcoming events.


From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of April 30, 2012.

This week, we feature a song and a mystery.  Have a listen for about 50 seconds, and see if you know the Virginia water  connection to the theme of this song.


You’ve been listening to part of “Ohio Valley Rain,” by the Ithaca, New York, band Cornerstone on their 1994 CD, “Out of the Valley” from Folk Era Records.  The song mentions Wheeling, West Virginia and the Ohio Valley, so what’s the Virginia water connection?  While many of Virginia’s major rivers—such as the Potomac, Rappahannock, and James—flow generally southeast towards the Chesapeake Bay or Atlantic Ocean, in southwestern Virginia the Big Sandy, Clinch/Powell, Holston, and New river basins are all part of the Ohio River basin, with their water eventually reaching the Gulf of Mexico.  So when Cornerstone sings of “the river miles below, drinking rain from far away,” that rain could have fallen on Virginia!  Thanks to Cornerstone and songwriters Chris Stuart and Dave Adams for permission to use this week’s music.

For other water sounds and music, and for more Virginia water information, visit our Web site at, or call us at (540) 231-5463.  From the Virginia Water Resources Research Center in Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.

Acknowledgments:  “Ohio Valley Rain” and “Out of the Valley” are copyright Cornerstone and Folk Era Records (now managed by Rediscover, at, used with permission.  More information about Cornerstone is available at  This music was previously used in Virginia Water Radio Episode 58, 3-21-11 (that audio is now archived).

Sources:  A map of Virginia’s major watersheds and information about each watershed (including the main tributaries) are available online from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation at  

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Water Meetings and Other Events
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