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The Good Ol’ Girls, But Older And Wiser

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Jill McCorkle, Marshall Chapman, Matraca Berg and Lee Smith have been collaborating since 2010. The four designed the musical "Good Ol' Girls," and continue to bring singing and storytelling together on stage.

Beloved North Carolina authors Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle first partnered up with Nashville-based musicians Matraca Berg and Marshall Chapman to help design the musical “Good Ol’ Girls,” which debuted in 2010. 

Their partnership continued with songwriting and storytelling events inspired by shows “in the round” at Nashville’s Bluebird Café where writers and performers take turns playing and telling stories. The continuing collaboration brings together work that explores the diverse experiences of southern womanhood.

The four take the stage together again this Sunday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. for a fundraising event to raise money to help restore the Burwell School, a historic site in Hillsborough, NC. The show is followed by an after-party at Hot Tin Roof in Hillsborough. Host Frank Stasio talks with Smith, McCorkle and Chapman about how their collaboration has evolved, and the three share excerpts of their work. 

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.