Monday, May 7, 2012

Episode 109 (Week of May 7, 2012): "Banks of New River" by Whitetop Mountain Band

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 May 7, 2012.  Our guest host this week is Emily Whitesell, who wrote and recorded this episode in 2011 as a Virginia Tech English Department intern for the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.

This week we feature a selection from a Virginia-based band that takes its name from the 3rd-highest mountain in the Commonwealth.  Have a listen for about a minute.


You’ve been listening to part of “Banks of New River,” performed by the Whitetop Mountain Band on their 2008 album, “Bull Plus 10%,” from Arhoolie Records.  The melancholy lover in this song sits beside the New River, a well-known landmark of Southwest Virginia.  Situated near the Eastern Continental Divide, the northward-flowing New distinguishes itself from many other Virginia rivers that flow south toward the Atlantic Coast.  The 320-mile-long river starts as two streams in North Carolina and continues its journey through Virginia.  After joining the Kanawha River in West Virginia, water from the New River continues northward and westward to empty into the Ohio River, then the Mississippi, and finally the Gulf of Mexico.

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: “Banks of New River” and “Bull Plus 10%” are copyright Whitetop Mountain Band and Arhoolie Records, used with permission.  More information about the Whitetop Mountain Band is available from their website:

This episode replaces the "Water Sounds and Music" segment of Episode 55, 2-28-11.  Patrick Fay helped produce parts of this episode that were recorded in 2011.

Sources: Information on the New River and Whitetop Mountain was taken from the following sources:  Frits Van der Leeden, The Environmental Almanac of Virginia (1998), Tennyson Press, Lexington, Virginia; Virginia Explorer (Winter 2000), Virginia Museum of Natural History, Martinsville; and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, “New River,” accessed at, 5/7/12.  Information about the watersheds into which the New River flows is available from the U.S. EPA’s Surf Your Watershed Web site at

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