November 2008

Crooked Still: Still Crooked

By Dave Stallard | 22 Nov 08
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Crooked Still, the Boston-based band of neo-folk upstarts, defies generalization. Their instrumentation—fiddle, cello, banjo, bass, guitar and, at times, ukulele, glockenspiel, and piano—challenges listeners to pigeonhole them. And therein lies their brilliance.  Still Crooked, the band’s first release since its 2007 line up change (cellist/fiddler Tristan Claridge and fiddler Brittany Haas have joined founding members…

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Railroad Earth: Amen Corner

By Dave Stallard | 22 Nov 08
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To record Amen Corner, the band’s latest release, Railroad Earth retired to the comfortable confines of singer/songwriter Todd Sheaffer’s 300 year old farmhouse in rural New Jersey. The familiarities of home certainly seeped into the band’s sessions; Amen Corner will go down as one of the most important Americana albums of this young century. Driving…

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Jennifer Pharr Davis

By Jedd Ferris | 02 Nov 08
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Jennifer Pharr Davis set a thru-hike speed record on the A.T. while trekking in memory of slain hiker Meredith Emerson.

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Best Week Ever

By Graham Averill | 02 Nov 08
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5 Days of big adventure in the southeast.

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2008 Best of the Outdoors : Hiking

By BRO Staff | 02 Nov 08
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BEST LONG DISTANCE HIKING TRAIL Appalachian Trail The 2,175-mile National Scenic Trail extends from Springer Mountain, Ga., to Mount Katahdin, Maine. “My first thru-hike was in 1973, and I’ve done 14 thru hikes in total. I keep doing it for the same reason people keep going to church. I enjoy it. It’s a passion and…

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2008 Best of the Outdoors : Running

By BRO Staff | 02 Nov 08
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BEST RUNNING CLUB Atlanta Track Club The Atlanta Track Club guides dozens of smaller running clubs and is responsible for the largest road race in the country, the Peachtree Road Race 10K. “The enjoyment of a healthy lifestyle through running drives all that we do. Our signature event is the Peachtree Road Race, with a…

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Blue Ridge All Stars

By Jedd Ferris | 02 Nov 08
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Meet five all stars who left a lasting impact on the outdoor scene in 2008. Lady in the Water KATIE SPOTZ Instead of celebrating her college graduation with parties and a carefree summer, Katie Spotz became the first person to swim the entire 352-mile Allegheny River. The month-long swim through upstate New York and Pennsylvania…

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2008 Best of the Outdoors : Biking

By BRO Staff | 02 Nov 08
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BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE Shenandoah Mountain 100 One of the first 100-mile endurance mountain bike races, the Shenandoah Mountain 100 attracts the best pros and hardiest amateurs in mountain biking. The course is classic Harrisonburg singletrack and fire roads. “Many bikers just want to hang out, drink beer, and ride slow—which is great, but the race…

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Best of the Outdoors 2008: Paddling

By BRO Staff | 02 Nov 08
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FAVORITE PADDLING EVENT Gauley Fest, W.Va. The annual celebration of the dam releases of the Gauley River, Gauley Fest draws boaters from all over the country for a weekend of camaraderie and lighthearted competition. “Gauley Fest is the biggest conglomeration of kayakers in any one spot in the United States, maybe even the world. It…

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Best of the Outdoors 2008: Climbing

By BRO Staff | 02 Nov 08
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BEST CLIMBING CRAG New River Gorge The New River Gorge has more than 2,000 developed routes and more are being sent every year. The gorge is famous for hard, heavily featured sandstone and routes with killer views. “I moved all over the U.S. checking out different climbing areas, but I kept coming back to the…

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Best of the Outdoors 2008: Snowsports

By BRO Staff | 02 Nov 08
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BEST SKI RUN Sawmill Glades Snowshoe Mountain, W.Va. Sawmill Glades is one of the newest trails at Snowshoe Mountain, offering official tree skiing for advanced skiers and boarders. The short black diamond on the southern end of the mountain takes skiers through a gladed area that has been thinned to create a more “Western” skiing…

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Switchback – Do you support more nuclear power plants in the Southeast?

By BRO Staff | 02 Nov 08
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Nuclear power has a well-proven record in other countries such as France. Our focus on energy development should be multi-faceted, with the goal of eventually eliminating all oil dependence. However, we should recognize that oil will continue to be a needed resource until we get other energy sources developed for large-scale usage. Nuclear is one important part of the puzzle.

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The Mountain Moocher

By BRO Staff | 02 Nov 08
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I was hiking along a trail in Pisgah National Forest, when suddenly I heard a snuffling sound behind me. I turned around and saw a coal black dog emerge from the brush. He looked to be of mixed Labrador and traveling salesman ancestry, and he was moving kind of funny. As he emerged fully I…

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Blue Ridge Briefs for November 2008

By Graham Averill | 01 Oct 08
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Endangered Species Get Bushed, Virtual Foliage, and Good Pork!

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