Friday, November 20, 2015

Episode 291 (11-23-15): Thanks for Musical Measures of Water

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From the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic Ocean, this is Virginia Water Radio for the week of November 23, 2015.

This Thanksgiving week, Virginia Water Radio is giving thanks for Virginia’s wealth of creative and talented people who produce music with all kinds of water connections.

Sometimes, the music’s theme or setting is a Virginia waterbody, as in “Banks of New River,” by Grayson County-based Whitetop Mountain Band:

MUSIC – ~16 sec

In other cases, the music focuses on a water aspect of the Old Dominion’s history, as in “The Luna,” performed by T.J. Savage and Mike Skeen to benefit the maritime-history-education efforts of the Colonial Seaport Foundation in Hampton:

MUSIC – ~ 13 sec

And in still other cases, water provides imagery or metaphors for human conditions, challenges, or emotions, as in the three following excepts, from “River Runs Dry,” by Kat Mills of Blacksburg; “Woman Named Whiskey,” by the Roanoke-based band The Floorboards; and “Driving Rain,” by the Charlottesville- and Nelson County-based band Chamomile and Whiskey.

MUSIC – ~16 sec/15 sec/22 sec

Thanks to these and other musicians for using water in their artistic creations, and for sharing those creations to liven up Virginia Water Radio. I hope such music helps inform you about our water resources, which are a vital part of anyone’s “Happy Thanksgiving!” And in gratitude for the rain that replenishes those resources, we close with a bit more of Chamomile and Whiskey’s “Driving Rain.”

MUSIC - ~ 9 sec

For more Virginia water sounds, music, and information, visit us online at, or call us at (540) 231-5463. Virginia Water Radio is produced by the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, part of Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment. Thanks to Stewart Scales for his banjo version of Cripple Creek to open and close the show. In Blacksburg, I’m Alan Raflo, thanking you for listening, and wishing you health, wisdom, and good water.


“Banks of New River,” by Whitetop Mountain Band, is from the 2008 album, “Bull Plus 10%,” from Arhoolie Records; used with permission. More information about Whitetop Mountain Band is available online at

“The Luna,” performed by TJ Savage and Mike Steen, with lyrics by Cindy Warner, is from the 2009 album “Loaded to the Gunwales,” a sea-faring compilation produced to benefit the Colonial Seaport Foundation, located in Hampton, Virginia; used with permission. The Foundation seeks to preserve—and teach about—America’s colonial maritime history. The actual Luna is a modern yacht being restored and converted to a replica of an 18th-Century sloop for eventual use in the Foundation’s educational programs. More information is available online at

“River Runs Dry,” by Kat Mills, accompanied by Rachel Handman, is from the 2003 album “Long Time,” from Sweetcut Music; used with permission. According to Ms. Mills, the river in the song symbolizes the inspirations and sources of creativity on which this musician depends in her life and work. More information about Kat Mills is available online at and at

“Woman Named Whiskey,” by The Floorboards, is from the 2012 album, “The Floorboards”; used with permission. More information about The Floorboards is available online at

“Driving Rain,” by Chamomile and Whiskey, is from the 2012 album “The Barn Sessions,” from County Wide Records; used with permission. More information about Chamomile and Whiskey is available online at, and information about Charlottesville-based County Wide Records is available online at

Thanks to several Blacksburg, Va., neighbors for contributing their “Happy Thanksgiving” wish, recorded in November 2013.

On the banks of New River, in Grayson County, Va., near Galax, April 3, 2006.


All Water Radio episodes are listed by category at the Index link above (

Previous Thanksgiving episodes are the following:
Episode 189 (11-25-13), Thanks for the Water.
Episode 137 (11-19-12), Wild Turkey and Water.

The music used in this episode was featured previously in the following episodes:
“Banks of New River, ” in Episode 109 (5-7-12);
“The Luna,” in Episode 80 (9-19-11);
“River Runs Dry,” in Episode 200 (2-10-14);
“Woman Named Whiskey,” in Episode 210 (4-21-14);
“Driving Rain,” in Episode 194 (12-30-13).


The episode may have information or reference material useful for the following Virginia SOLs:

Va. 2008 Socials Studies SOLs
Virginia Studies Course
VS.2 – physical geography of Virginia past and present.

United States History to 1865 Course
USI.2 – water features important to the early history of the United States.

World Geography Course
WG.3 - how regional landscapes reflect the physical environment and the cultural characteristics of their inhabitants.

Va. 2010 English SOLs
Reading Theme

8.5 (symbols and figurative language)
10.4 (imagery and other literary devices)
9.4 (imagery and other literary devices)
11.4 (imagery and figures of speech)

Virginia’s SOLs are available from the Virginia Department of Education, online at