PLAY IN SEARCH OF A SONG INTERVIEW WITH STELLA PARTON
In Search of a Song is a radio program that airs in Bloomington, Indiana on 91.3FM WFHB and streams live every Saturday at 4pm EST. To give you some background on this post, Randy Maggard, the coal company representative from Argus Energy in the film Coal Country, asked me to post an article on Stella Parton, Dolly Partons sister, who had a new CD out called “American Coal”. He wanted me to show that there were musicians that supported coal miners, and the coal industry. I called Stella, and asked her to be on a radio program I produce with Jason Wilber, singer/songwriter and longtime lead guitarist for John Prine. Our program is about songwriting, and I asked her if we could interview her about the subject, her influences, and feature her new album “American Coal”. I told her I did not want to be political, but keep it about the music. Incredibly, the date we decided on to do the interview turned out to be the same day of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster that killed 29 miners in West Virginia.
A few hours after the interview had concluded, I saw the news that the mine disaster had just happened, and so I called Stella back, and we taped a final segment for the interview. I have posted a link here to the radio program which will air 5/8/10, and you can hear the unedited version by listening to the audio stream at http://www.wfhb.org at 4pm Eastern Standard Time. In this podcast, I had to edit out the songs so they can’t be downloaded, however, the entire interview can be heard here. Again, if you want to hear the songs, listen online tomorrow, or you can also buy a copy of Stella’s new album “American Coal” on Itunes, or at your local music retailer.
I hope the interview speaks for itself, and you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed talking to Stella, granting Randy Maggards request, and editing the program.
In Search of a Song with Jason Wilber