Wayne Erbsen

Garret K. Woodward

Noted banjo picker and Western North Carolina native Raymond Fairchild has died, following a heart attack.  He was 80. Fairchild performed at the Grand Ole’ Opry on numerous occasions and was inducted into Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2015.  Last month, Fairchild appeared in BPR’s “Exploring Southern Appalachia” series.   

Fairchild’s final arrangements haven’t yet been announced.  In addition to his storied banjo career, he and his wife Shirley ran the Maggie Valley Opry for more than 30  years.                                                      

Old Timey music and Bluegrass fans won't want to miss Country Roots this week! Tune in Sunday night at 7 for two hours of live music from some great, local musicians. Host Wayne Erbsen will welcome Old Chevrolet, Frank Lee and Allie Burbrink, and The Warren Wilson College Bluegrass Band. 

That's this Sunday night, Feb. 18, from 7 - 9 on WCQS!

courtesy of The Bread and Butter Band

Tune in to Country Roots tonight at 7 when Wayne Erbsen welcomes The Bread and Butter Band and The Riverbend Ramblers live from the Vetust Study Club Performance Studio at WCQS.

The Bread and Butter Band are former Warren Wilson students and The Riverbend Ramblers are current Warren Wilson students.

Wayne Erbsen, will host a Super Picker Shindig on the October 13th broadcast of Country Roots. The show will feature live bluegrass music from the Vetust Study Club Performance Studio at WCQS, including legendary fiddler Bobby Hicks. The program is a belated celebration of Bill Monroe's 102nd  birthday and Bobby Hicks's 80th birthday.