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Chasing Musical Inspiration Through The Mountains: The Music of Earleine

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Ashley Wright relocated from her home in Clarksville, Tennessee to the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2016 to nourish her musical career. Since then, she has made a home for herself and her music in Boone. 

Performing under the name Earleine, her Americana tunes like “Marionette” and “Cryin’ Shame” evoke feelings of love and regret. Earleine’s sophomore album is expected in December 2020. She will be performing Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Wise Man Brewing in Winston-Salem at 7 p.m.; on Monday, Feb. 24 at The Pit in Durham at 7 p.m; and Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Tin Roof in Raleigh at 8 p.m. 


Josie Taris left her home in Fayetteville in 2014 to study journalism at Northwestern University. There, she took a class called Journalism of Empathy and found her passion in audio storytelling. She hopes every story she produces challenges the audience's preconceptions of the world. After spending the summer of 2018 working in communications for a Chicago nonprofit, she decided to come home to work for the station she grew up listening to. When she's not working, Josie is likely rooting for the Chicago Cubs or petting every dog she passes on the street.
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.