Episode 62: Songs on Cataloochee Valley by Richard Hurley

49m | Jun 21, 2022

Facebook Live Video from 2022/06/21 - Songs on Cataloochee Valley by Richard Hurley


In this episode, you'll learn from our guest today some of the great advice for musicians and musicians-to-be and we are glad to have him on the show today! 

We’re pleased to introduce our special guest today, Richard Hurley, a Canton, N.C. native, and UNC grad who is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a former radio DJ, and a renowned award-winning songwriter and musician. He is active in community work, serving on various boards and as an emcee for Folkmoot, Shindig on the Green, the Mountain Dance & Folk Festival, and the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival, while also promoting area musical events along with his own musical projects –Cataloochee, and My Mountains, My Songs. He now resides in Asheville, N.C. 

In this podcast episode, he will discuss the North Carolina mountain music scene, his involvement in the community, his first (and second) music project as well as upcoming events in the area.

Tune in for this fun conversation at or watch the Facebook Livestream by Clicking Here.



August 1963 WBTL station was when it opened. He worked there during college promoting rock and country to other younger people. He got to do MC gigs in which he picked skills from people around him. Florida Boys and Old Kingsmen were some of the music they played. He admits to being naive when starting off playing, but now has a collection of guitars. He had the opportunity to work with JFK's personal naval aid. In the Navy, he got influenced by the chief of naval operations, and so he wrote a song on guitar and got it recorded. His song was inspired by Zumwalt (chief) and his z-grams, he got to meet up with him as Zumwalt thanked him in person and over letter for the song.


In 1981 he made a record called The Ballet of Old Fort. He worked with the Crow Brothers, Raymond Fairchild, and Arnold Freeman. He used to casually play it for people and got encouragement to record it. Jimmy Haney and he worked as disc jocks. He was one of the speakers at Fairchild and stated “there’s only one Raymond Fairchild''. They both had a close friendship and also looked up to each other as artists. Eddie Swan worked for Regal Media, he recorded people like Ben Skill, David Wilcox, and Brian Sutton over the span of his 50-year career. He had a homemade washtub bass and he used to carry it to a tomato festival in Canton with his brother to play there.


His first project is called “My Mountain, My Songs”. He started it with a throwback, Old Fort. He received an award from the North Carolina Society of Historians for the historical value of his album. One of his songs was about the Coal Mountain Bomber Crash. He also sang about the floods of ‘04.


He’s been taking part in volunteer activities. Shindig on the Green starts this Saturday at the courthouse 7-10 pm. Mark Pruit took part in that event. Bearshare started in 1979, it was a great festival. His website has places to purchase his albums. Towards the end, a child breaks into the podcast recording to blow a raspberry at Hurley.



00:00:41.040 –> 00:00:48.600 Joseph McElroy: Howdy, Welcome to the Gateway to the Smokies Podcast, this podcast is about America’s most visited National Park.

00:00:48.960 –> 00:01:01.410 Joseph McElroy: The Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the surrounding towns. This area is filled with ancient natural beauty, a deep-storied history, and rich mountain cultures that we explore with weekly episodes. 

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00:04:14.520 –> 00:04:20.640 Joseph McElroy: And then there’ll be a free Barbecue supper and music by  Mike Ogletree and friends Saturday evening.

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00:05:52.860 –> 00:05:58.260 Joseph McElroy: there are also limited tickets available, just for the concerts and you can get those as well.

00:05:59.850 –> 00:06:03.420 Joseph McElroy: Today, I have a great guest his name is Richard Hurley.

00:06:05.010 –> 00:06:08.400 Joseph McElroy: He’s a Canton, N.C. native, and UNC graduate I won’t hold against.

00:06:11.970 –> 00:06:21.270 Joseph McElroy: Is a vendor to the US day my friend, yeah he’s a former radio DJ and renowned award-winning songwriter and musician.

00:06:21.840 –> 00:06:34.710 Joseph McElroy: is active in Community work in service and serving on various boards and as an MC for food shindig on the green the mountain dance and folk festival, and the basket l’amour longsword festival.

00:06:35.130 –> 00:06:47.010 Joseph McElroy: while also promoting area music events, along with his own musical projects will talk which we’ll talk about Cataloochee and my mountains my song he resides in Asheville North Carolina my new home.

00:06:50.820 –> 00:07:01.740 Joseph McElroy: So let’s jump into something exciting, you are a DJ or w pto, and can we just spend about 17 years they tell us that actually a.

00:07:02.430 –> 00:07:09.420 Joseph McElroy: station opened in August of 1963 there’s already one station there that started in 1954.

00:07:09.810 –> 00:07:16.080 Joseph McElroy: And the guy who made fresh they won’t have a country station, because there was no kind of crustacean camp, so the open web GL.

00:07:16.500 –> 00:07:27.660 Joseph McElroy: August of 63 what I wanted to have a high school kid that could bring in the hospital audience, so I got the gig has to be asked this jockey and that’s back when Lou I for.

00:07:28.740 –> 00:07:39.630 Joseph McElroy: us back in the dark ages, but I work there you’re in college and before all the service in 1970 so was there off and on and had a great time and.

00:07:40.410 –> 00:07:48.480 Joseph McElroy: learn a lot and got to play a lot, a lot of old country music at that time, some Gospel music rock music listening music play with it at all, it.

00:07:49.140 –> 00:08:01.020 Joseph McElroy: was quite a fun time in my early career, yes, and how was it was help you in your career-defining experiences where your performance ability to do a performance there did yeah.

00:08:01.560 –> 00:08:11.400 Joseph McElroy: It led me into doing some MC gigs which I carried on time I’m an MC stuff so yeah it was helpful in that regard and.

00:08:12.810 –> 00:08:22.290 Joseph McElroy: You know, having to work there are a lot of people that came through that well you kind of pick up something from everybody you’re exposed to in the music business like that so yeah it was quite helpful, then.

00:08:22.560 –> 00:08:34.320 Joseph McElroy: Then, when I started doing shows later on the 80s and a lot of these old records I’d played back in the 60s were songs I learned back then, of course, I was influenced by a lot of those artists in the country and.

00:08:34.680 –> 00:08:43.950 Joseph McElroy: The Kingston Trio, and some of the folks to hit 1958 when the case, the tree okay mouth Tom ui that just changed the world because I love it.

00:08:44.820 –> 00:08:58.110 Joseph McElroy: It made this country teammate all the char key so so that is kind of what got me started running into that my folks got me Wendy when I was about 12 and I learned to play that and I bought a 10 hour day guitar for buddy mind.

00:08:58.650 –> 00:09:04.170 Joseph McElroy: And that’s kind of how I got to start making music and you got it you started, playing on the radio.

00:09:04.680 –> 00:09:12.660 Joseph McElroy: Some early on to write a little bit i’d written a song about the know smothers market there and cam oh I just had his father’s on.

00:09:13.590 –> 00:09:24.960 Joseph McElroy: The smothers the sun yeah is that resembles they have here on the show granddaddy yeah and so, and that was mathers have a at the grocery store back man.

00:09:25.470 –> 00:09:35.400 Joseph McElroy: And I wrote a song called Underwood it was like under what don’t you wish we could anyway, we my brother’s nice to play some of the only played at the Cannes first and made a festival.

00:09:36.900 –> 00:09:45.930 Joseph McElroy: The new old why gone now when I recorded that just to you know they track tape back then, which both your sprinkler so, can you play that song.

00:09:50.310 –> 00:10:00.420 Joseph McElroy: ready to record the, yeah Those are all good experiences, did you click Gospel to play Gospel on the air Yesterday we had a program called the Gospel care of and it’s like 11 to 12.

00:10:00.930 –> 00:10:08.850 Joseph McElroy: That I can just come in at nine, it was cold country star time in the guy named Jimmy hey Andy was a big influence on me early on, see behind there’s a local musician he’s.

00:10:09.210 –> 00:10:20.250 Joseph McElroy: been gone number of years, but he was a he’s an award-winning folk singer in fact team is the national focusing champion, I think it was 1950 or there abouts and a big influence on me, because he used to come to the grammar schools.

00:10:20.610 –> 00:10:30.780 Joseph McElroy: And play programs us wow i’m going to be that one of these days, so that was kind of started Jimmy used to sign on six gutter 999 to 11 of.

00:10:31.170 –> 00:10:40.860 Joseph McElroy: Country music and 11 to 12 Gospel man i’d come back to and go to two 330 with the country music and not go the easy listing is 330 to sign off.

00:10:41.790 –> 00:10:52.890 Joseph McElroy: But it has to the rock the rock show was like 330 to 630 or something likely no experience I asked about the Gospel and I am one of the one of the.

00:10:53.430 –> 00:11:11.550 Joseph McElroy: You know i’ve traveled a bit and one of the most popular brunches I ever saw was actually in Barbados yeah they had a Gospel brunch right they have run some even have a good old Gospel music right yeah people love that I would say that would probably go well, here too, yeah.

00:11:13.770 –> 00:11:27.120 Joseph McElroy: Gospel me to certainly been popular in the south, for years and years yeah no he’s play a lot of the old groups that you know the old Florida boys and the old kings cream local group and people like that.

00:11:28.080 –> 00:11:39.120 Joseph McElroy: Number number of those great and there were some local people are bigger than the Gospel music did quite well Francis play lock and dam was a locally that’s a big hit here and Haywood county back in the 60s there.

00:11:40.860 –> 00:11:43.500 Joseph McElroy: But what was the what how did you learn to play.

00:11:44.730 –> 00:11:51.090 Joseph McElroy: I got a Mel Bay 50-cent book shows the three chords C D E, F, and G.

00:11:51.720 –> 00:12:05.880 Joseph McElroy: And the other progressions and I just kind of picked it up, but I was so naive, but that i’m embarrassed to say this, but i’m going to tell you to know, I was so naive I didn’t have another you know but it’s a play on territory, I didn’t realize you had to change strings.

00:12:07.740 –> 00:12:19.950 Joseph McElroy: Okay, once you know it doesn’t matter you get a string I didn’t even know that I learned later on, but that’s how long did you almost entirely learn to do today, did you have some mentors are learning almost.

00:12:22.110 –> 00:12:36.630 Joseph McElroy: All the gifts little G one gifts in the problem of 50s model for about I think I paid $25 for a buddy of mine and I eventually I got an Aston Martin guitar years later, that you know goes collects the guitars.

00:12:38.400 –> 00:12:54.210 Joseph McElroy: that’s pretty cool so you went off to your high school, then you went off to unc first are going to go the baby first went to usc usc usc yeah I started at usc I tell people is back when the tar heels we’re still playing woman gym.

00:12:56.250 –> 00:13:04.020 Joseph McElroy: Dean Dome that was before carmichael born with a we’re playing a little again music Cunningham, was a senior housing right right so.

00:13:04.800 –> 00:13:11.580 Joseph McElroy: that’s how I got started when I would come home from school breaks, I would go back to the station and do vacation relief stuff like that and.

00:13:12.060 –> 00:13:17.940 Joseph McElroy: I worked at Campo networks, the mail can’t mill one summer season seven which is great experience paper.

00:13:18.900 –> 00:13:29.040 Joseph McElroy: Paper data that helped me with my career later I got an extreme rarity coming so then after you and see you another baby yeah it was it was during era where I.

00:13:29.400 –> 00:13:36.330 Joseph McElroy: went out and did had one job interview, and they said come see us when you’re through the starters, nobody would argue you got the service.

00:13:37.350 –> 00:13:45.900 Joseph McElroy: So I ended up going to the program that required drilling for a year and then I went in on D for two years and then another three year obligation but.

00:13:46.410 –> 00:13:52.620 Joseph McElroy: I was fortunate, I was on the USS wash, which is an aircraft carrier and we were in the North Atlantic up there.

00:13:53.370 –> 00:14:06.390 Joseph McElroy: Doing maneuvers and but i’ve had the privilege to work with JFK personal naval eight so that was quite an experience I learned a lot from those guys and that all all those experiences help you later in life, you know I got it.

00:14:07.500 –> 00:14:20.790 Joseph McElroy: cool and that was that was also the start of some my songwriting is in the navy the navy because i’ve got a memo zoom Lol Chief of naval operations back and he was loosening up the navy, let the skies where.

00:14:22.380 –> 00:14:28.770 Joseph McElroy: He would come out these see grams, you know for some walls, the grams, and so I wrote a song called the balance is a graph.

00:14:30.090 –> 00:14:47.970 Joseph McElroy: The Admiral heard about it, he called me to stay room and i’ve already guitar on our platform he wanted to send it to zoom wall record a little fork and say yeah little real real three inch screen record it you send it to zoom wall and month or so later I get this letter for.

00:14:50.580 –> 00:14:56.760 Joseph McElroy: letter their little list of the guy says, you know, dear petty officer hurley Thank you so much for your song about.

00:14:58.620 –> 00:15:05.910 Joseph McElroy: And he and I connect about seven years later, when he was out, and I was it came to Asheville to bait nuclear-armed with some retired general.

00:15:06.360 –> 00:15:13.560 Joseph McElroy: And I walked up to him after the speech I said, George space, I do not remember the side of the road song about you and he said yeah I said on that side.

00:15:15.570 –> 00:15:25.500 Joseph McElroy: Of the thought, he just met john, okay well cool well, we have to take a break now Sir so then we’ll come back we’ll talk more about your career in business and then in music, thank you.

00:17:40.830 –> 00:17:47.430 Joseph McElroy: howdy this is Joseph Franklyn McElroy back with the Gateway to the Smokies podcasts and my guest Richard Hurley.

00:17:47.880 –> 00:17:57.960 Joseph McElroy: So Richard after the navy, you had a long career as an HR manager for square D how’s that good company well I just got real lucky because I come home.

00:17:58.770 –> 00:18:08.460 Joseph McElroy: About three months before i’m supposed to get out of service and put an application and I had a cousin worked over there, and he put in a good word for me, I went into.

00:18:08.940 –> 00:18:16.560 Joseph McElroy: That time I called personnel supervisory like backwards personnel manager personnel his word I started out the second seat and moved up.

00:18:17.010 –> 00:18:28.140 Joseph McElroy: For years later I guess the first seat and and but my own volition, I wanted to stay in Nashville yeah so I thought Tom to I might have to move, but it worked out and it’s great company they trade as well.

00:18:28.590 –> 00:18:37.920 Joseph McElroy: And it was very giving kind of very caring complete and coming to the law united way and give a lot give a lot of bucks to the Community and various organizations out there.

00:18:38.820 –> 00:18:57.540 Joseph McElroy: So I had a wonderful career cool did you get to play music, while you’re while you’re in that career not not in that role ticket I was out playing places i’ve crossed I did a record not team at one a coma valuable for mountain yeah remember that record a really.

00:18:59.130 –> 00:19:08.730 Joseph McElroy: good idea as a 45 and dude legendary greatest of all banjo player Raymond Fairchild light on and Raymond I go back way back.

00:19:09.540 –> 00:19:17.670 Joseph McElroy: The guy got Mr freeman has gone also and then the programmers who are popular good a tour with Raymond he’s played with picking the brain.

00:19:18.120 –> 00:19:29.040 Joseph McElroy: So i’ve written the song battle for mountain i’ve seen at parties and people see all the record that so as last time and then one day I said i’m not gonna turn around 10 years from now, and say what If so, I.

00:19:29.730 –> 00:19:46.980 Joseph McElroy: called her brain is that would you got me and he said sure be led to some are also we got together having to be August 12 at one i’ve been coached now when you go to that studio do you’re rehearsing before you go in there because that’s money yeah right.

00:19:49.980 –> 00:19:54.900 Joseph McElroy: Back stuff order ish will be asked our our weekly break door.

00:19:55.650 –> 00:20:03.480 Joseph McElroy: And i’m sweating bullets and walk in that studio is following our with now on the studio and they said, like three Max back in those days now.

00:20:03.870 –> 00:20:14.520 Joseph McElroy: According whole different ballgame instead of like three months and I kicked off on the guitar right and they jumped in this music, it was just fabulous and they just made that song so.

00:20:15.540 –> 00:20:27.270 Joseph McElroy: It was 45 rpm so we took pto course never wc and w devotees but they all start playing on a call, so I saw him through angles markets, not so.

00:20:27.870 –> 00:20:35.370 Joseph McElroy: pressed a couple of thousand problems, so I get a few hundred bucks but it kind of summer here when I was a kid yeah I also you know was looking.

00:20:35.820 –> 00:20:39.240 Joseph McElroy: yeah well I don’t know a while back, I was looking at what rate and fairchild.

00:20:40.050 –> 00:20:48.030 Joseph McElroy: That record came out with him being on air yeah Yes, he was something else, but he he helped me out with that and it’s all my first albums.

00:20:48.510 –> 00:20:59.220 Joseph McElroy: Are all the songs on my to our songs i’ve written and the first album my mountains my songs I put that on air as a bonus track all the other tracks are things that we recorded so.

00:20:59.790 –> 00:21:09.270 Joseph McElroy: cool yeah Bob Plott, you know, is the GM of the Meadowlark Smoky Mountain Heritage Center and he also helps put together.

00:21:09.570 –> 00:21:17.610 Joseph McElroy: Some of the information of your questions and he mentioned that you mentioned one of them already rent Fairchild and when the other big musical influence was.

00:21:17.940 –> 00:21:28.020 Joseph McElroy: Jimmy haney yeah I mentioned Jimmy a little bit earlier that we’d work together is discharged and he was like say when I was very school didn’t come around to schools and play.

00:21:28.500 –> 00:21:36.510 Joseph McElroy: ramin here’s the store matt Ryan, that when Raymond was very before he became Raymond Fairchild famous like he was.

00:21:37.200 –> 00:21:43.080 Joseph McElroy: He was working around these parts and he had done a wreck he’d done his first record old similar record was and.

00:21:43.920 –> 00:21:56.910 Joseph McElroy: my brother came home with that record now listen to that man, this is just difference it’s just it was like a snake charmer he just he had he had a way of playing songs that just drew me in.

00:21:57.360 –> 00:22:08.040 Joseph McElroy: So I got some maintenance management time to evaluate he’d give me copies of his records without playing them on my program and then occasionally he another guy we have breakfast down.

00:22:08.310 –> 00:22:17.460 Joseph McElroy: Little restaurants can either bottomless pit of on the show and play for 20 minutes or so, so that was how my friendship with Raymond started way back when.

00:22:18.240 –> 00:22:30.120 Joseph McElroy: But, but he was he was really something else, and then, when he went to the brand debut the grand Ole opry and 78 he invited me to go live in essence up with down lana pick your brother.

00:22:31.020 –> 00:22:39.030 Joseph McElroy: Already about for went over to the national we got to go backstage and all that one written bill Monroe balls hot dogs that would.

00:22:40.980 –> 00:22:46.290 Joseph McElroy: Go out there Raymond walked out there and start playing and they had never heard it.

00:22:47.700 –> 00:22:51.330 Joseph McElroy: encores of standing ovations yeah Raymond Fairchild

00:22:53.160 –> 00:22:56.190 Joseph McElroy: Or, he was His grace banjo I think grace man.

00:22:58.350 –> 00:23:05.160 Joseph McElroy: You could do it yeah and then, when he played here in the valley you remember the matter with me about the Opera House yeah like there.

00:23:05.520 –> 00:23:16.650 Joseph McElroy: For years and was there, so yeah yeah but every time I would go in case, yet they see in his wife sure we had that business for number of years for writing and passed in October Tina thing was.

00:23:17.070 –> 00:23:26.550 Joseph McElroy: Every time I go in the shadows he’d see me in the audience and so on his old friend is richer heard he used to play my record, so they played he played my record so much that they fired.

00:23:28.530 –> 00:23:40.800 Joseph McElroy: Their more banjo players just ran and fell out there yeah true, of course, I had to build a service that is a That was a good story, and you can you got you did is you, with the right.

00:23:41.790 –> 00:23:54.240 Joseph McElroy: Top right, I did I was asked to speak and I much some other people, but I was extremely flattered to be part of the one of the speakers that spoke there yeah it’s up the stomping ground appear Maggie badly.

00:23:55.440 –> 00:24:02.850 Joseph McElroy: And part of my comments, where I said, you know there’s only one Elvis there’s only one hank liam’s there was only one Raymond fair to.

00:24:04.140 –> 00:24:12.960 Joseph McElroy: One of my many comments talking about on a great person he was a good family man, he was a loving father and husband and just a great guy.

00:24:13.560 –> 00:24:26.400 Joseph McElroy: But he had a gift he had to give a few few they have yet so the way he played that manager, I heard that he’s a you know i’ve been from a value of them, and I have seen him a couple times and I think my dad.

00:24:27.720 –> 00:24:28.770 Joseph McElroy: Daniel and i’m sure.

00:24:30.660 –> 00:24:36.510 Joseph McElroy: yeah but you know my understanding was he was a great friend, but he was also a little cantankerous.

00:24:40.170 –> 00:24:47.520 Joseph McElroy: He raised his music good yes very busy i’ll tell you one thing is the Raymond was noted for.

00:24:51.150 –> 00:24:52.800 Joseph McElroy: Aware of was.

00:24:53.970 –> 00:25:03.510 Joseph McElroy: You know, some towns that have been leaner audiences than others and goes, you know, whatever reason, traffic or whatever, if there was one person that audience about ticket Raymond well and say that.

00:25:03.870 –> 00:25:11.730 Joseph McElroy: will be 500 or whatever we’re going to play them a good show he whether he play a whole show for one person, but the only matters i’m sorry cancer, he.

00:25:12.210 –> 00:25:18.480 Joseph McElroy: said that person management and 500 miles to your show we’re going to plan the show that’s right he’s very caring shorter guy.

00:25:19.350 –> 00:25:35.280 Joseph McElroy: Very caring yeah he was the one guy, yeah well yeah we know we’re talking about your records that’s real Famous people on those records, but there are other Famous people to work with I’ve got some pretty heavy hitters all my albums.

00:25:36.780 –> 00:25:56.130 Joseph McElroy: yeah but they they’re people that I work with a guy named at swan yeah and regal music regal media it’s a medical website, but but he’s he’s been in business about 50 years he’s reporting people like Ben scale and he’s reported recorded David Wilcox.

00:25:57.300 –> 00:26:09.330 Joseph McElroy: Brian sudden the great brown certain he’s recording squire parsons that great deal and land song right dollars per summit be recorded that and he’s worked with a lot of the great spirit.

00:26:10.590 –> 00:26:14.370 Joseph McElroy: Anyway, yeah I got to work in an ad and Prince mountains together.

00:26:15.600 –> 00:26:17.760 Joseph McElroy: Well, you got some some great ones.

00:26:18.930 –> 00:26:27.030 Joseph McElroy: But before we get there, you know what I wanted to do understand you know your your songwriting right and you did some great songs i’ve read that.

00:26:27.570 –> 00:26:37.110 Joseph McElroy: I was looking at, we listened to one and i’ve seen some of the others and and you’re playing a guitar but you play anything else I don’t really i’m not play I took a few.

00:26:37.530 –> 00:26:46.110 Joseph McElroy: banjo lessons from mark pruitt the grading where he’s on one of my hours to market and Martin our friends from way back, but I never could quite get into the banjo so I just like.

00:26:47.430 –> 00:26:52.470 Joseph McElroy: I heard you got the the walk handmade watch the bass bass yeah so.

00:26:53.610 –> 00:27:04.200 Joseph McElroy: what’s that everybody should probably seen, or at least nothing prompts and you’ll watch the bass bass so most folks have are not familiar he’s turning on tobacco really be go watch.

00:27:04.860 –> 00:27:14.250 Joseph McElroy: The one i’m not is over 70 years old, oh yeah sequence and during the home that middle of it and you take an old broomstick and just run a quarter size core.

00:27:14.730 –> 00:27:21.450 Joseph McElroy: And you put it on and you hold the stick down the edge of your pocket, and that gives you a base, and it goes because of the tub and I was.

00:27:22.440 –> 00:27:38.820 Joseph McElroy: awkward so you could have a vibrant right, so my brother’s not playing at this tomato festival years going can’t so I carried on part of my act and I tell people I said don’t worry I get beaten up your audience the basement and then key is Spanish Oh, because.

00:27:40.230 –> 00:27:54.990 Joseph McElroy: that’s what that’s that’s a real fun part of my program and I always preface it by saying that don’t worry this tub is is over 70 years old and literally the stick and string have been on there since 1969 oh my gosh it’s been British.

00:27:57.240 –> 00:27:59.730 Joseph McElroy: Is the shirt but don’t worry it’ll be okay.

00:28:01.140 –> 00:28:02.430 Joseph McElroy: Yes, that’s the fun part.

00:28:03.510 –> 00:28:12.360 Joseph McElroy: Well, you know I don’t know if you ever walked out white wines mainstream you know they have all sorts of sculptures on there yeah what i’m one of the sculptures as a duo.

00:28:12.750 –> 00:28:22.680 Joseph McElroy: musicians are there 10 foot tall oh yeah I want them to watch oh yeah you see there, so people you definitely should make a pilgrimage there.

00:28:24.180 –> 00:28:31.740 Joseph McElroy: is surprising people don’t realize how long a sound that that will make and that’s why people develop a years ago they didn’t have money to go out and buy things that.

00:28:32.370 –> 00:28:50.400 Joseph McElroy: improvised just like my good friend, David holds things on my album you know, David term Doc Watson about 14 years and David plays he plays a number of different instruments on his show when we’re doing live shows he played paper bag and plays spoons like bones slugger.

00:28:51.900 –> 00:28:56.220 Joseph McElroy: ization improvisation music over the years of development me.

00:28:57.780 –> 00:29:02.190 Joseph McElroy: Well, we have to take another break now, when we come back we’ll talk about some of your out straight.

00:31:08.700 –> 00:31:18.690 Joseph McElroy: howdy this is Joseph Franklin McElroy back with the Gateway to the smokies podcasts and My guest Richard Hurley, so Richard you’ve got two albums out right?

00:31:19.440 –> 00:31:29.760 Joseph McElroy: Can you tell me about your first project was what my mountains by sounds so project called my mountains my songs and I can hold it up to the camera and those people watch it there.

00:31:32.640 –> 00:31:46.470 Joseph McElroy: We started out with the old for the song which I mentioned I’ve written back in the quarterback in 81 I thought well Okay, this is 2013 just a few years later I bought a new cut a record over 30 years or so yeah all right yeah like it’s in.

00:31:47.520 –> 00:31:50.430 Joseph McElroy: Your cadence or is this musical okay yeah.

00:31:53.190 –> 00:32:04.590 Joseph McElroy: I have written a bunch of songs over the years and just take them back in the files and whatnot so I’m sad pull them out and see what we can do with them, so I called a that holds a date I’m thinking about doing an album 20.

00:32:05.760 –> 00:32:12.990 Joseph McElroy: Some recommendations well, you need to call josh to go forth josh go forth his genius musician the literature Madison county.

00:32:13.620 –> 00:32:19.140 Joseph McElroy: He played all mile they played the lead guitar the rhythm guitar banjo the base the mandolin and fiddle.

00:32:19.680 –> 00:32:29.940 Joseph McElroy: Allah and woven together oh wow so so that’s how this thing started and we put these 15 songs on here with the old for a song being a bonus track, one of the.

00:32:30.300 –> 00:32:41.580 Joseph McElroy: One of the ones you look at the reward thing here that North Carolina society of historians actually gave me a reward the reward for the historical significance of the project.

00:32:42.330 –> 00:32:51.450 Joseph McElroy: And there’s a song on here about the cold mountain bottom and crash oh yeah a lot of people saw the coal mountain movie, in the end, it was written by Charles Fraser.

00:32:51.840 –> 00:32:57.300 Joseph McElroy: Franklin who has connections back to my hometown Cantonese model from their reason anyway.

00:32:58.260 –> 00:33:08.640 Joseph McElroy: So the thing, most people don’t realize, is that all Friday the 13th September 46 a beat 25 bomber was coming from Detroit to Tampa.

00:33:09.180 –> 00:33:25.800 Joseph McElroy: And crashed into the topical mountain Mr bell about 150 feet, they call the Tower at that time in Bristol Tennessee, and so they wanted to go visual So be careful because of kind of nasty and rainy down there the next thing you know lamb youngest general near a core to sergeants to kernels.

00:33:27.060 –> 00:33:29.250 Joseph McElroy: Imagine what that was like Crusoe big.

00:33:30.360 –> 00:33:41.310 Joseph McElroy: yeah so a lady named George ron’s cannon is deceased now she wrote a book about it and back about I guess was in 2012 I saw this book in the movies books here and label.

00:33:41.820 –> 00:33:51.270 Joseph McElroy: And I got to look at so Now I know some of these and I read the book and I remembered hearing about it because, as a kid my late brother point over there and mountain across from where I grew up so that’s that.

00:33:51.840 –> 00:34:03.990 Joseph McElroy: that’s plane crash okay fine my scoutmaster you talk, Okay, but it never text on the hack up there, so I went up the mountain couldn’t find confining it crashed evidence is all in picked oh.

00:34:05.130 –> 00:34:10.890 Joseph McElroy: Really, I wrote the song, so I got doors to a guy named.

00:34:14.460 –> 00:34:22.080 Joseph McElroy: Having everything or guy helped me out down the road Moody help me out with this make sure my atma factor accurate.

00:34:22.740 –> 00:34:34.290 Joseph McElroy: So, then, we recorded that song and Doris simplest thing to the north county historical society and they basically this whole thing because I got some other historic going on about the slides ago for over a year and i’ve got some other.

00:34:34.770 –> 00:34:44.460 Joseph McElroy: songs similar and they gave you the historical and okay yeah I want to know why people get that but it’s still a nice it’s nice to get it yes.

00:34:45.930 –> 00:34:49.980 Joseph McElroy: it’s not a participation prize it actually does work.

00:34:51.540 –> 00:34:53.370 Joseph McElroy: yeah exactly exactly.

00:34:54.660 –> 00:34:58.830 Joseph McElroy: So you have you gotta go you gotta know saw you got a real a.

00:34:59.340 –> 00:35:07.080 Joseph McElroy: Real it’s real work, so you got a good thing, so this one, this one came out 13 and josh these musics is famous for singing swan the engineer, I mean he knows what he’s doing.

00:35:07.950 –> 00:35:21.060 Joseph McElroy: His fifth year so fast forward to 2021 I came out of this album fleet song Cataloochee, which is you know you know music to my heart to them now you alleys.

00:35:21.510 –> 00:35:25.650 Joseph McElroy: Post account Lucy Lucy bow they’ve got the elk and everything else so.

00:35:26.160 –> 00:35:26.760 Joseph McElroy: So tell us.

00:35:27.000 –> 00:35:35.130 Joseph McElroy: Tell us the story of this one, the backstory is that there’s a guy named Steve what he’s a friend of mine, and he is a descendant of the old woody family, the life back in capital h.

00:35:35.190 –> 00:35:43.800 Joseph McElroy: er and Steve one time there nationally known each other for years, he said, I said I understand you’re having your big reunion coming up having here like first second weekend in August.

00:35:44.100 –> 00:35:49.920 Joseph McElroy: Is yeah why don’t you come about gifts, so now let’s do that because I never been reading i’ve been Cataloochee

00:35:50.310 –> 00:36:02.130 Joseph McElroy: So I went to the reunion and he got monitors church service there and during the shirts or is he going to do some politicians, then introduced me and said somebody might know Richard you know to pay with boy write songs just.

00:36:02.760 –> 00:36:05.370 Joseph McElroy: said, I think he already song that Kevin did you, what do you all.

00:36:08.460 –> 00:36:09.360 Joseph McElroy: feel blackmailing.

00:36:11.250 –> 00:36:12.090 Joseph McElroy: wrote a song about.

00:36:13.890 –> 00:36:25.710 Joseph McElroy: This research on it and the song and then he asked me to come play it, so I went back and played what that was 19 in August of 19 I played it live at church service oh that’s Nice.

00:36:26.310 –> 00:36:35.370 Joseph McElroy: I don’t mean this to sound right people got emotional I got it I got emotional I don’t know which one i’m Scott materials.

00:36:36.900 –> 00:36:46.710 Joseph McElroy: emotional standing there and then I said i’m going to have to record it so we record it and got us some different players on this, some of the phone you got some great people on this.

00:36:47.280 –> 00:36:53.670 Joseph McElroy: I mean, these are credible yeah TIM CERT and Darren Nicholson, both with balsam range or on their tone increases.

00:36:54.150 –> 00:37:01.620 Joseph McElroy: percussionist that works these kind of movement else’s grammar need work to Glen Campbell waylon are not waiting merle haggard and.

00:37:02.010 –> 00:37:12.060 Joseph McElroy: James Taylor some of those guys and then, of course, David holds on Bobby hicks won a grammy with ricky skaggs the same time that mark did and RON said another little boy.

00:37:12.600 –> 00:37:19.470 Joseph McElroy: So he’s a 10 time grammy award actually bring to get him to help us out thanks to my buddy so we got some.

00:37:20.010 –> 00:37:31.260 Joseph McElroy: Pretty heavy hitters not a dedicated this album to my old friend Ray M and fairchild there you go but he’s got the cattle he song and it’s got a number of other so there’s one song on there you got the legend of losing weight.

00:37:32.400 –> 00:37:39.600 Joseph McElroy: This week, there is Buddhism, can you give us a short version of what that is not sure what is a boogeyman.

00:37:40.110 –> 00:37:44.100 Joseph McElroy: is actually a story that goes back in the legend goes back in the 1800s.

00:37:44.370 –> 00:37:54.150 Joseph McElroy: And up like Logan which used to be on a champion paper back in the old days you had a little boogeyman cave in there is big picture of the boogeyman which is now in the in the downtown teflon.

00:37:54.630 –> 00:38:05.010 Joseph McElroy: Remember yeah so patch mathers was the Mayor of can now he was he’s been Mayor of can he called me up so we’re going to the festival about food too much come in and see if I said to.

00:38:05.430 –> 00:38:17.400 Joseph McElroy: And I said we’ll go around song about it, so we wrote record a song called the legend of the blue, and it’s all about the history of the book eight foot shaggy and eight foot tall and Shay you catch you move from.

00:38:18.570 –> 00:38:21.480 Joseph McElroy: That it was it was that a big thing in canton.

00:38:22.710 –> 00:38:36.570 Joseph McElroy: Where there was a bigger because he doesn’t really remember, since he was in 1616 2016 so the legend came up with us from played the song, I wrote the song for that festival it only had that one year didn’t.

00:38:37.650 –> 00:38:46.920 Joseph McElroy: see that didn’t happen after that, but you know the songs the songs on there and there’s a guy named Dave Johnson place about 20 different instruments it’s quite.

00:38:47.400 –> 00:39:02.220 Joseph McElroy: Another local board down so that old for somewhere plays a mean plays everything he did all the music God and it came out pretty well and there’s The thing is that when when i’ve given this to folks to original head is a single the kids get into this any kid.

00:39:04.590 –> 00:39:11.850 Joseph McElroy: I guess it’s the sound of the name boom oh yeah with it, but the story was a he had a penchant for two things he liked to go.

00:39:12.390 –> 00:39:20.400 Joseph McElroy: He would hide out in the Bush is he was he was he was haven’t counted version of victory right yeah see it out our leads there and he’d see the girls and their.

00:39:21.240 –> 00:39:30.720 Joseph McElroy: Different pools, and then he said, the thing was he likes to go out and found all these precious stones and he had a cave and he’d go take them to that came storming or liquid jugs to fill them up many chat.

00:39:31.620 –> 00:39:41.880 Joseph McElroy: Those two things so one day is how man is this young girls she’s in the cooler swim and she sees the Buddha in their eyes walk and they fall in love.

00:39:42.690 –> 00:39:49.470 Joseph McElroy: They get married and they go back to the mountains, but he still had to go out look for all these precious stones so she would get it out.

00:39:51.870 –> 00:40:01.650 Joseph McElroy: Get lonely and share the harder for him and he had a holler back to the power till they came together and her name is Andy okay therefore came the word good man.

00:40:04.440 –> 00:40:07.860 Joseph McElroy: that’s Barclays really knows he’s a hooter.

00:40:10.050 –> 00:40:19.470 Joseph McElroy: So that’s all in the song the legend wow that’s that’s a little tears a boogeyman yeah drinking booze and talking about losing this guy this.

00:40:20.850 –> 00:40:23.160 Joseph McElroy: is given given oh i’m going to yeah.

00:40:24.240 –> 00:40:29.370 Joseph McElroy: What is some of the other favorite songs is the one I think I think about the question.

00:40:30.030 –> 00:40:45.780 Joseph McElroy: I think about some of the historic stuff is vascular marlins for Dino that name and he was he was the the minstrel the appalachians he was born on the campus plus now Marshall university and he started our mountain dance folk festival in 1928 and actual.

00:40:47.010 –> 00:40:55.800 Joseph McElroy: Madison county ashbury it’s the longest running folk festival in America well in America have you been on the board of that too right well i’m on the advisory.

00:40:56.310 –> 00:41:06.510 Joseph McElroy: Playing there, and you see there yeah i’m involved with it for years and years but pete seeger came down to learn about the banjo from Boston the marlins for.

00:41:07.020 –> 00:41:20.220 Joseph McElroy: pete seeger many of fans who know the music fans know he had that long neck banjo story was he got that from Boston oh so i’ve got a tribute to baskin here on on my album that I want other songs.

00:41:21.480 –> 00:41:27.300 Joseph McElroy: i’ve got one on this placement about is called god’s special children and it’s about special needs kids oh.

00:41:28.530 –> 00:41:34.950 Joseph McElroy: I was doing some volunteer work already worth and Center over ashfall which should help special needs kids and.

00:41:35.250 –> 00:41:40.950 Joseph McElroy: A lady i’ve worked with came in and she said, well, you did so i’m going to volunteer what are you doing here she’s talking pick up my son.

00:41:41.460 –> 00:41:52.020 Joseph McElroy: And this was years actually both retired and our flashback and remember she has a son named our special needs kid adding them in the next mourners Christmas Eve.

00:41:52.530 –> 00:42:02.040 Joseph McElroy: And I woke up and I wrote the song called god’s special children, and I remember as a kid my mom used to say, and she lived to be rather than one she used to say.

00:42:02.850 –> 00:42:10.350 Joseph McElroy: If you’d see you know, a special needs child she’s it will sound Those are just god’s special tool well that just made everything everything.

00:42:11.340 –> 00:42:20.010 Joseph McElroy: That so we did God special to integrate at our producer was able to pull in a later that same with me on that harmonizing you read it came out pretty well.

00:42:20.820 –> 00:42:37.440 Joseph McElroy: Actually we’ve got goodness the number of the things I don’t call the leaning sound about what about columns guitars i’ve got one about monocle house burnett he was he was a great storyteller and fox theater okay now tell me Bob and his plot.

00:42:38.730 –> 00:42:52.680 Joseph McElroy: State dogs, we all know that fox fox fox fox hunting, the thing, but my grandfather was a lousy he loved the Walker have the upper hand the latter house and I guarantee that we’ve known each other yeah.

00:42:53.730 –> 00:43:04.590 Joseph McElroy: Big talks louder so I had written a song about him back in the 70s and I pulled out my files and revising David told plays washboard on it, and this David Johnson did some music.

00:43:05.100 –> 00:43:12.870 Joseph McElroy: I said, you know we need some dog barks on this supposed to do is lackey do that and they weren’t you and he put dog barks we’re.

00:43:14.100 –> 00:43:19.890 Joseph McElroy: Going on the mountain gotta go gotta go home because he’s house burns, and he grew.

00:43:22.050 –> 00:43:23.430 Joseph McElroy: up so we let the dogs.

00:43:26.040 –> 00:43:36.690 Joseph McElroy: favorite their local flow but we’re gonna have to take another break here and come back we’ll finish up with some of the other things to do and how you can help people get the CDS right all right.

00:45:37.980 –> 00:45:45.240 Joseph McElroy: Howdy this is Joseph Franklyn McElroy back with the Gateway to the Smokies Podcast and my guest Richard Hurley, So, Richard.

00:45:45.810 –> 00:45:52.560 Joseph McElroy: You were born and raised in Canton but now you live in Asheville your most of your life so yeah why just stick in Asheville for?

00:45:52.950 –> 00:46:03.210 Joseph McElroy: Well, I just love the mountains, like your intro when you’re talking about your hotel and the great smoky mountains and the fishing stream all those things you talked about it’s made me realize how fortunate I am to

00:46:04.260 –> 00:46:05.460 Joseph McElroy: stay here in Asheville.

00:46:06.540 –> 00:46:13.500 Joseph McElroy: Western North Carolina you know a lot of volunteer activities I’m involved with taking all across Western North Carolina but.

00:46:13.890 –> 00:46:24.060 Joseph McElroy: I thought there was a time to do my career, I was gonna have to leave and move to another location or leasing company and do something else, and I was blessed lucky that I didn’t have them leave.

00:46:24.450 –> 00:46:31.920 Joseph McElroy: How do you like, how Asheville grown, oh I see it really changed and scrolled a lot, and this is an interesting place that’s.

00:46:32.460 –> 00:46:37.770 Joseph McElroy: what’s that sort of a music city right? yeah, there’s a lot of you know, the best years on every corner seemed like that.

00:46:38.520 –> 00:46:47.850 Joseph McElroy: You know, we have a couple of events of advanced downtown like the shindig on the green which I also wrote a song about on the first album we have shindig on the green in front of the courthouse there on Saturday nights.

00:46:47.970 –> 00:46:59.880 Joseph McElroy: These seven Saturday nights during the summer in fact we’ll start this coming Saturday seven to 10 freebies right people bring a lawn chair or blanket and spread out there and they sit three hours, and we have all these musicians to come in.

00:47:00.330 –> 00:47:09.750 Joseph McElroy: I’m going from deep in the hollers and some bones wherever square dance teams and all that and a lot of the greats like mark for it and Brian session, you know the hottest guitar player.

00:47:10.200 –> 00:47:19.770 Joseph McElroy: In Ashville, I things the number one call guy over there and studios he cut his teeth or they’ve known split tons of big names play at home, Shindig on the green stage.

00:47:20.700 –> 00:47:27.720 Joseph McElroy: But I know you’ve been involved with a lot of those different revenue festivals you’re involved with bells here right.

00:47:28.740 –> 00:47:40.830 Joseph McElroy: I wrote a song about that I know I saw that I was wondering what happened, the bell share it just finally ran its course really started in 1979, yeah and I don’t remember what year it.

00:47:41.700 –> 00:47:50.550 Joseph McElroy: folded video is a great festival, I mean how many times, do you walk down the street of Main Street drinking beer and eating a hot dog or whatever, and all this great entertainment oh my gosh.

00:47:51.150 –> 00:47:58.080 Joseph McElroy: Is it that Doc and nice to have Skaggs and a lot of the big nice fact I mentioned a number of them in my song really yeah.

00:47:59.010 –> 00:48:12.000 Joseph McElroy: So give people the flavor of what that was it was a special sort of vessel that folks got to get it back and 79 to have a street party with a sound about a phone on the phone or something different than normal kind of fair that got together got shows together and started a bill share.

00:48:13.710 –> 00:48:21.240 Joseph McElroy: me just a beautiful life yeah the kids you grant end wife, which feed on the street, when the sun goes down music in the air and actually.

00:48:21.960 –> 00:48:31.080 Joseph McElroy: There you go, of course, well you’ve been involved with a number of what other what other your favorite festivals well, those are pretty much it on ice.

00:48:31.770 –> 00:48:37.380 Joseph McElroy: least try to go see Doc every time you come around I never played I played on the same show waiting one day out the.

00:48:37.770 –> 00:48:45.180 Joseph McElroy: monster festival that marciel that’s another big festival the basketball marlins, for it was the only festival, is he would let us his name.

00:48:46.140 –> 00:48:59.220 Joseph McElroy: And it started, I think, somewhere, back in the 60s and 70s, but it was a Mars hill moving on bringing a lot of evil talent back in Madison county and other Mecca for musicians so that’s a great fast.

00:49:00.480 –> 00:49:14.160 Joseph McElroy: But I never I never got to play on the stage leap, but I did REP with chat room some backstage few few times on some of these programs but but tell us about the mountain DAS it falls fast again it’s the granddaddy of all focused.

00:49:15.300 –> 00:49:24.600 Joseph McElroy: that’s the one yeah other venues what Ben is like the cholesterol killer well you know I like to go to some of the things that happened at the.

00:49:25.080 –> 00:49:31.920 Joseph McElroy: Civic Center and some of the problems that happen there, and like you know, let us go back to see balsam range I’ve introduced those guys sometimes.

00:49:32.370 –> 00:49:47.850 Joseph McElroy: Of course, my friend at work for those guys to the studio and he worked with the Steve can you arrange boy is not allowed, but anything in these venues that like your met your Maggie valley festival grounds here on some programs there and I played there actually one time.

00:49:52.860 –> 00:49:53.700 Joseph McElroy: promote myself.

00:49:57.120 –> 00:50:12.840 Joseph McElroy: I did a fair amount of volunteer work I go to Assisted Living Binion’s places like that and people call me I go to a program they can come to a pool party that’s not my opinion, without being a concert you got pretty much listen to the lyrics yeah right just.

00:50:14.010 –> 00:50:24.120 Joseph McElroy: Because what so somebody coming to Western North Carolina asheville every county what you put in some things they shouldn’t miss shindig on the green, they should not miss that.

00:50:24.660 –> 00:50:34.470 Joseph McElroy: that’s every every Saturday night not ever said that we break for the mountain dance folk festival start the 25th this it’s always the first weekend around the fourth of July.

00:50:35.070 –> 00:50:49.830 Joseph McElroy: 25 of June, this time, and then we have starting second on through the break for the things of the sixth of August basketball we said, our focus was always the first weekend long about sundown.

00:50:51.180 –> 00:50:55.710 Joseph McElroy: What i’m saying is OK, for you folks were watch mean seven o’clock yeah.

00:50:57.030 –> 00:51:13.050 Joseph McElroy: So that’s a must see there yeah of course they’ll share was pulling that was that was but there, there are a lot of fans out there that probably need to get around go visit some of them haven’t visited all me I like the orange peel myself yeah.

00:51:14.250 –> 00:51:23.040 Joseph McElroy: I did my bell share something there when when a buddy mine was chairing the camp chair and bill share asked me to come play it so we did that kind of kick it off.

00:51:23.850 –> 00:51:35.100 Joseph McElroy: I just saw like 11 I think in New York City winery but he was also at the art of appeal to the Glasgow plays he plays a callings guitar that’s brand new guitar and I played.

00:51:35.700 –> 00:51:45.990 Joseph McElroy: college to the dishes mark i’ve got a song called the column guitar song oh really are you are you do, do you have a, you said you have a collection guitar.

00:51:48.210 –> 00:51:50.790 Joseph McElroy: Like like nobody’s saying you can’t have too many guitar.

00:51:52.950 –> 00:52:02.160 Joseph McElroy: When I wrote this song about the colonies that’s your favorite yeah it’s like the head of me my servers back 34 years I said, good bass print my name and she had severe.

00:52:02.520 –> 00:52:09.930 Joseph McElroy: will spend it on the new and follow this new and following a hot rod car, no, no thing so good rather have a college, maybe.

00:52:11.730 –> 00:52:12.420 Joseph McElroy: Not kick off.

00:52:14.760 –> 00:52:20.010 Joseph McElroy: spent many years, making money and then decided to buy a hotel yeah That was a better.

00:52:21.750 –> 00:52:36.150 Joseph McElroy: guitar yeah well, it was all the time I bought it because yeah yeah being home homestead and big ideas have been doing things with it now it’s become something else, but I did get to touch Tony Tony robbins guitar when they.

00:52:37.440 –> 00:52:38.010 Joseph McElroy: got to reach over.

00:52:39.960 –> 00:52:51.630 Joseph McElroy: Well, how did How do people buy your albums well not my website and I was hoping might go take a look the websites Richard hurley he already why returning

00:52:52.050 –> 00:53:00.660 Joseph McElroy: And the various tabs if they work through the tabs their maintenance places to pursue them and also my two videos are on that video about Kevin lynch.

00:53:01.410 –> 00:53:10.380 Joseph McElroy: saw with all the beautiful pictures pictures make hundreds and i’m pretty sure not together a video there’s a video about shindig on the green locally.

00:53:11.370 –> 00:53:18.360 Joseph McElroy: leverage books here in waynesville strange for music Scott my album and can you get the picture of a mercantile maddie.

00:53:19.170 –> 00:53:34.860 Joseph McElroy: actually got the Chamber of Commerce over there, but the average American can lead you in the first place, and you have your Facebook or anything like Facebook, to look you up there yeah alright cool well yeah Thank you very much for.

00:53:36.570 –> 00:53:49.920 Joseph McElroy: appreciate it, and you know it’s just it’s fun to come up with a song strikes you something happens that makes you want around a song it just feels really good you get it recorded.

00:53:51.090 –> 00:53:58.440 Joseph McElroy: she’s got a great show here I want you to be here what’s nice about the smokies and the culture and everything, are you better than that.

00:53:59.640 –> 00:54:00.000 Joseph McElroy: and

00:54:01.350 –> 00:54:06.390 Joseph McElroy: my daughter just walk well hey there, this is the gateway to the spotify asked why do.

00:54:06.870 –> 00:54:14.700 Joseph McElroy: You want to be on the show the show here my daughter’s on this show is the gateway to the post focus podcast you can find out more about us at.

00:54:15.270 –> 00:54:27.150 Joseph McElroy: Facebook COM says gateway to the smokies podcast and we’re on the talk radio dot nyc network, which is a live podcast network with blocks of.

00:54:27.690 –> 00:54:35.400 Joseph McElroy: Everyday alive podcasts that, ranging from small business to travel to self help to any number of things, but it’s a really good network.

00:54:35.790 –> 00:54:49.800 Joseph McElroy: If you like listening to podcast I would recommend you take a listen to some of the other shows all of us that work, I actually have another podcast on this network called wise content creators well, but we talked about you know, using modern content marketing practices.

00:54:52.950 –> 00:55:01.140 Joseph McElroy: To help your business so that’s on Fridays from noon until one, so I appreciate it that’s an interesting you’re just looking at us look us up, but this podcast.

00:55:01.500 –> 00:55:16.470 Joseph McElroy: Is every Tuesday from six until seven we talked about the smoky mountains and hey we’re county actual and Tennessee even and things to do, and things and doing the culture and the people that are here so take a take a look look up come back again.

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