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SouthBound: Dolph Ramseur on Power of Radio, Following Your Dreams

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On this episode of SouthBound we talk with Dolph Ramseur, who grew up on a dirt road in Concord, North Carolina, trying to keep from having to work in the cotton mills that used to employ so many southerners, including many in his own family.

He found he way out through his love of music - all kinds of music - but especially the folk and Piedmont blues of his home state. One night at a wine bar in Charlotte, he heard a young band called The Avett Brothers that sounded like a distillation of all the music he loved. He became the Avetts' manager, and has remained in that job as the band has grown to have a worldwide following.

He also manages other recording artists and runs his own record label - Ramseur Records. On this episode of SouthBound, we talk with Dolph about the power of the radio, following your dreams, and the one gig he wishes the Avetts' had played.

Show Notes:

Music heard on this episode (in order):

  • Johnny Cash - One Piece at a Time
  • Elton John - Crocodile Rock
  • Hank Williams - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  • Elton John - Philadelphia Freedom
  • The Avett Brothers - The Once and Future Carpenter (Instrumental)
  • The Avett Brothers - The Traveling Song (Live)
  • The Avett Brothers - I Killed Sally's Lover
  • The Avett Brothers - Shame (Live)
  • The Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun
  • Nat King Cole - When I Fall in Love
  • The Avett Brothers - At the Beach

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Where to Listen:

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Producer: Nick de la Canal

Tommy Tomlinson has hosted the podcast SouthBound for WFAE since 2017. He also does a commentary that airs every Monday. He's the author of "The Elephant in the Room," a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. He has also written for publications including Esquire, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Garden & Gun. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.