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Mountain Matinee on FM 96.3 "The Possum", every Saturday afternoon

Mountain Matinee on FM 96.3 "The Possum", every Saturday afternoon From the "Cradle of Americana Music", broadcast LIVE outa' Blountville, Tennessee, the "Mountain Matinee", with host "CanJoe*John", on 96.3 FM, "The Possum", also heard in the Tri-Cities on WPWT 870 AM & 100.7 FM, and world wide at 963thepossum.com

The " Mountain Matinee", produced and hosted by CanJoe*John, is aired LIVE on the Tri-Cities 96.3 FM, "The Possum" radio, broadcasting from noon until 3 pm every Saturday afternoon; showcasing, LIVE, the Southern Appalachian mountain region's "Cradle of Americana Music" by the very best Southern Appalachian local, regional, or nationally known artists, bands, musicians, singer-songwriters.

Operating as usual

03/18/2022

The last full moon of winter, the full "Worm Moon", is currently shining brightly down upon us. It is also known as the "Full Eagle Moon", and due that we are presently under the influence of this very moon, the next upcoming episode of the Mountain Matinee, Saturday 3/19/2022, will carry that same title, the "FULL EAGLE MOON", using these three words as the keywords for this episode's theme.

The Mountain Matinee, will air ONE HOUR LATER this week, beginning 1 pm until 3pm EDT, live from the studio of 963 "The Possum".

The Mountain Matinee airs weekly, broadcast live around the world, every Saturday afternoon from noon until 3pm ET, can be heard on internet connected devises at 963thepossum.com, or for those in the Tri-Cities of NE TN/SW VA, on terrestrial radios tuned in on the dials set at 96.3 FM,; 100.7 FM; or on WPWT 870 AM. ~ CJ*J the DJ

03/16/2022

March 16, 1951: Hank Williams records Hey, Good Lookin', I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You), Howlin' At The Moon and My Heart Would Know in an afternoon session at Nashville's Castle Recording Studio. John Edwards Memorial Collection (#20001) Southern Folklife Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library, UNC Chapel Hill.

Spirit survives through music
03/16/2022
Spirit survives through music

Spirit survives through music

HILTONS, Va. A returning debut at a legendary musical landmark rejuvenated the spirit from years past in a blissful tune.

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03/11/2022

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Born on March 11, 1955: Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers.

When founding tenor Lew DeWitt retired from the group in 1982, Fortune signed on full time. The 1980s were a particularly fruitful decade for the Statlers, who scored eighteen Top Ten singles during this period. Of these, Fortune wrote three #1 hits: “Elizabeth” (1983-84), “My Only Love” (1984-85), and “Too Much on My Heart” (1985). He also wrote the group’s final Top Ten record, “More Than a Name on a Wall” (#6, 1989).

Today, he continues his solo career, performing a Songwriter Session at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater last month.

Read more:
https://countrymusichalloffame.org/artist/the-statler-brothers/

Ralph Emery | Artist Bio | Country Music Hall of Fame
03/10/2022
Ralph Emery | Artist Bio | Country Music Hall of Fame

Ralph Emery | Artist Bio | Country Music Hall of Fame

The dean of country music broadcasters, Walter Ralph Emery began his career at small-market radio stations in Tennessee before going on to become the most famous TV and radio personality in country music.

03/08/2022

"FATHER TIME" is the title to the upcoming episode of the Mountain Matinee, Saturday 3/12/2022, broadcast LIVE from the studio of 963 "The Possum".

Join host, CanJoe*John, for this "timely" radio broadcast, on air or online, from noon until 3 pm ET, spinning more of his uncanny, "timely" yarns along with the great "Timeless" Country, Bluegrass, Old Time, Patriotic, Vintage, Country Gospel & Southern Gospel music of the studio's catalogs.

The Mountain Matinee airs weekly, every Saturday afternoon from noon until 3 pm ET, and heard on terrestrial radios of the NE TN/SW VA region, when dialed in to FM 96.3; FM 100.7; WPWT AM 870; or streaming LIVE all over the world on internet connected devices at 963thepossum.com. ~ CJ*J the DJ

Bob Wills | Artist Bio | Country Music Hall of Fame
03/07/2022
Bob Wills | Artist Bio | Country Music Hall of Fame

Bob Wills | Artist Bio | Country Music Hall of Fame

A bandleader, fiddler, singer, and songwriter, Bob Wills is the most famous exponent of the popular musical amalgam now known as western swing, which synthesized ragtime, traditional fiddling, New Orleans jazz, blues, Mexican songs, and big band swing.

03/03/2022

"Precious Memories" is the title for the next episode of the Mountain Matinee, LIVE from the studio of 963 "The Possum", broadcast on air, and online, from noon until 3 pm ET, Saturday, March 5, 2022.

For those in the NE TN/SW VA region, just tune in the FM 96.3; FM 100.7; WPWT AM 870, or for those who prefer, we stream LIVE on internet connected devices at 963thepossum.com. ~ CJ*J the DJ

02/26/2022

It's a mad, mad world all around us, with a pandemic still going on, and now, a major war has erupted with the invasion of Russia in to Ukraine, so what's on the mind of many is the question of what any of us can do about it. Too often as the view of our surrounding world closes in around us with ominous darkness, and uncertainty, many feel hopeless, feeling unable to do anything that might help, but it is times like these that need us to keep strong faith and hope, and to pray for world peace.

The next episode of the Mountain Matinee, LIVE from the studio of 963 "The Possum", Saturday 2/27/2022 from noon until 3 pm ET, join host, CanJoe*John, who'll be using these key words from this episode's title, "HOPE, FAITH; PRAYERS for PEACE", as found in the titles and/or lyrics of the "Timeless" Country, Bluegrass, Old Time, Vintage, Patriotic, Southern & Country Gospel tunes from the studio's catalogs. ~ CJ*J the DJ.

02/17/2022

Due this week's full Snow moon, the title for the next Mountain Matinee, LIVE from the studio of 963 "The Possum", Saturday 2/19/2022, broadcast on air from noon until 3 pm ET, is "The Moon, the Stars, and the Dark Night Sky".

Join host, CanJoe*John, for another uncanny episode of the weekly Mountain Matinee by dialing your terrestrial radios, if in the Tri-Cities region of NE TN/SW VA, to FM 96.3; FM 100.7; WPWT AM 870, or listen to the station's live stream at 963thepossum.com anywhere your devices connect to the internet. This episode will be using MOON, STARS, DARK, NIGHT, and/or SKY as the key words found in the titles and/or lyrics of the playlist tunes from the studio's "Timeless" Country, Bluegrass, Old Time, Vintage, Country & Southern Gospel music catalogs for this next episode. ~ CJ*J the DJ

02/14/2022

Twenty years ago we lost Waylon...
Today we celebrate the Man, his Music, and his Legacy.
~W247~ ~Loranda~

02/12/2022

Greetings y'all! HAw!!!!!

02/11/2022
02/08/2022

That Valentines Day is soon coming up, the next upcoming episode of the Mountain Matinee from the studio of 963 "The Possum" is titled "Love Birds & Sweethearts", as this special episode's theme.

Join host of the Mountain Matinee, CanJoe*John, Saturday, 2/12/2022, from noon until 3 pm EST, for another uncanny LIVE broadcast using the words LOVE, BIRDS, SWEET, and/or HEARTS found in the titles and/or lyrics of the tunes from the studio catalogs; "Timeless" Country, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Vintage, Patriotic, Southern & Country Gospel music, and more. Heard on terrestrial radios in the Tri-Cities of NE TN/SW VA and surrounding region at FM 96.3; FM 100.7; WPWT AM 870, and around the world on connected devices at 963thepossum.com. ~ CJ*J the DJ

02/03/2022

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”... Nope, this is not really the motto of the US Post Office, nor is it the title of the next Mountain Matinee episode from out of the studio of 963 "The Possum", but it inspired the next episode's theme coming up Saturday, 2/5/2022, from noon until 3 pm EST.

Join host , CanJoe*John, for the next episode of the Mountain Matinee, Saturday 2/5/2022, as the theme for this episode will include tunes with the theme words, SNOW, RAIN, WIND, MUD found in title and/or lyrics of the great "Timeless" Country, Bluegrass, Old Time, Vintage, Patriotic, and/or Country & Southern Gospel music catalogs of the 963"The Possum" studio.

On air in the Tri-Cities of NE TN/SW VA, and streaming live all over the world at 963thepossum.com, tune in to listen as CanJoe*John weaves more uncanny stories and spins themed tunes LIVE from the studio every Saturday afternoon from noon until 3 pm EST. ~ CJ*J the DJ

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01/28/2022

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BOBBY BARE TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE MUSIC CITY WALK OF FAME

The historic Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. will induct country legend Bobby Bare on April 5, 2022, two days prior to his 87th birthday. Bare’s star will be revealed on the walkway at Music City Walk of Fame Park located in SoBro amongst fellow inductees Dierks Bentley, Keb’ Mo’, and Connie Smith. The park is located directly across from the Country Music Hall of Fame, where Bare has been a member since 2013.

Bare’s career has spanned over seven decades, he received a GRAMMY in 1964 for “Detroit City” and earned nearly five dozen top 40 hits from 1962 to 1983. He has long been considered one of the most instrumental connectors in Country music having laid the foundation for contemporaries like Waylon Jennings and Billy Joe Shaver and influencing the styles of Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, and countless others who’ve followed in his footsteps.

The Walk of Fame’s goal is to recognize artists for their outstanding contributions to the musical history of Nashville. The artists inducted this year will receive the 90th, 91st, and 93rd stars on the Walk of Fame during the first ceremony in more than two years due to the pandemic.

“We are proud to bring back a Music City Walk of Fame ceremony with such a distinguished and diverse group of inductees who span various genres and eras of music,” said Ed Hardy, a distinguished Music Row executive and chairman of Music City Inc., the NCVC foundation that oversees the Music City Walk of Fame. “The individuals in the Walk of Fame remind us of Nashville’s rich history as Music City, and we congratulate the newest four members.”

This induction class will be joining fellow iconic musicians like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Jimi Hendrix, and Garth Brooks. The Music City Walk of Fame originated in 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile where the permanent sidewalk medallions with the names of inductees are displayed in a star design.

Born in Ohio, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Bobby Bare is one of the most iconic country artists of our time with chart-topping songs like “Detroit City,” “500 Miles,” “Marie Laveau” and many more. From country legends like Little Jimmy Dickens and Hank Williams to big band acts like Phil Harris and the Dominoes, Bare’s style was molded and led him to nearly five dozen Top 40 hits from 1962 to 1983. The original “Outlaw” of country music, Bare was honored with many awards and accolades, multiple Grammy Award nominations and wins, and an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2017, Rolling Stone named him in the top 50 of the “100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time” and Pitchfork identifies him as an integral part of the Outlaw Country movement in the 1970s. 2017 and 2018 marked his 60th anniversary in the music business and the release of his studio album, Things Change, and two new music videos. A pinnacle moment in his life occurred in 2018 as he was welcomed back home as a member of the Grand Ole Opry by Garth Brooks. In 2020 Bobby Bare, at age 85, released an album of previously unreleased Shel Silverstein songs recorded in the late ‘70s titled Great American Saturday Night. For more information visit bobbybare.com.


The Music City Walk of Fame was created in 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile, a roughly one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row. Permanent sidewalk medallions with the names of inductees are displayed in a star design. The Music City Walk of Fame is an official project of Music City Inc., the charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, and is produced with the support of founding sponsor Gibson Brands. Additional sponsors include the City of Nashville and Metro Parks and Recreation. Nominations are open to the public and are accepted in the categories of Artist, Musician, Songwriter, and Producer/Music Industry Executive. Application forms are reviewed by the Music City Walk of Fame anonymous selection committee. For more information about the Music City Walk of Fame, go to visitmusiccity.com/walkoffame.

01/26/2022

Well, another episode of the Mountain Matinee, LIVE from the studio of 963 "The Possum", is airing on Saturday, 1/29/2022, from noon until 3 pm ET, and this one will be a salute to any and all of the female gender. The theme words for this episode's playlist found in the titles and/or lyrics of the studio's music catalogs of great "Timeless" Country, Bluegrass, Old Time, Country & Southern Gospel, Patriotic, Vintage, and more, will be WOMAN, WOMEN, GIRL, and there's a whole lot of tune choice options to choose from in order to fill this bill due this particular gender is, apparently, a most highly referenced subject in song.

All y'all who are in the Tri-Cities region of NE TN/SW VA, just tune your terrestrial radios in for this next upcoming special tribute to the 'better half' of the world's human population, to FM 96.3, FM 100.7, WPWT AM 870, or we also live stream on your internet connected devises anywhere in the world at 963thepossum.com. ~ CJ*J the DJ

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01/25/2022

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January 24: Happy Birthday to Harold Ray Ragsdale, better known as Ray Stevens, who was born on this date in 1939.

"It's the forty-third annual convention of the Grand Mystic Royal Order of the Nobles of the Ali-Baba Temple of the Shrine..."

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01/24/2022

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01/24/2022

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01/20/2022

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Born January 16, 1943…..

Ronnie Lee Milsap (born Ronald Lee Millsaps) an American country music singer and pianist.

He was one of country music's most popular and influential performers of the 1970s and 1980s. He became one of the most successful and versatile country "crossover" singers of his time, appealing to both country and pop music markets with hit songs that incorporated pop, R&B, and rock and roll elements.

His biggest crossover hits include "It Was Almost Like a Song", "Smoky Mountain Rain", "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me", "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World", "Any Day Now", and "Stranger in My House".

He is credited with six Grammy Awards and 35 number-one country hits, third to George Strait and Conway Twitty. He was selected for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

01/20/2022
Photos of George thru the years
01/19/2022

Photos of George thru the years

01/19/2022

"Smoky Mountain Memories"

Yes, it is a song title, and, it's also the title of the next episode of the Mountain Matinee, broadcast LIVE from the studio of 963 "The Possum", on air and streaming online from noon until 3 pm EST, Saturday, 1/22/2022.

Join show host, CanJoe*John, for another uncanny episode of the Mountain Matinee with the theme words for this broadcast playlist to be SMOKY (smokey); MOUNTAIN; and/or MEMORIES as found in the titles and/or lyrics of the great "Timeless" Country, Bluegrass, Old Time, Vintage, Patriotic, Southern & Country Gospel music tunes, right out of the station's catalogs.

The Mountain Matinee airs from the studio of 963 "The Possum", now in its 7th consecutive year on air, and is broadcast LIVE from the studio every Saturday afternoon from noon until 3 pm EST. For those in the Tri-Cities of the NE TN/SW VA region, just tune in your terrestrial radios to FM 96.3; FM 100.7; WPWT AM 870, or listen online to the live stream anywhere in the world at 963thepossum.com. ~ CJ*J the DJ

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01/19/2022

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01/16/2022

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“Ralph Emery’s impact in expanding country music’s audience is incalculable. On radio and on television, he allowed fans to get to know the people behind the songs. Ralph was more a grand conversationalist than a calculated interviewer, and it was his conversations that revealed the humor and humanity of Tom T. Hall, Barbara Mandrell, Tex Ritter, Marty Robbins, and many more. Above all, he believed in music and in the people who make it.”

—Kyle Young, CEO
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

01/15/2022

Today WSM mourns the loss of a radio pioneer, Country Music Hall of Fame member, and our friend; Ralph Emery. Thank you Ralph, for everything you have done for country music and WSM.

01/15/2022

"TURN YOUR RADIO ON"

Yep, that's the title of the next Mountain Matinee episode, 1/15/2022, LIVE from the studio of 963 "The Possum", on air, and online from noon until 3 PM EST, every Saturday.

The theme words for this episode's playlist are TURN, YOUR, RADIO, as will be in the title and/or lyrics from the station's music catalogs of "Timeless" Country, Bluegrass, Old Time, Vintage, Southern & Country Gospel, Patriotic, and more.... LIVE from the studio of 963 "The Possum", with host, CanJoe*John.

So, if you're in the Tri-Cities of NE TN/SW VA, TURN YOUR RADIOS ON, then tune the dials to FM 96.3; FM 100.7; WPWT AM 870, or we stream LIVE all over the world, too, at 963thepossum.com. ~ CJ*J the DJ

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The " Mountain Matinee" began publicly airing to listening audiences on the first week of January, 2016. The program was created by and is hosted by CanJoe*John, broadcasting every Saturday from noon until 3 pm ET, LIVE from the Tri-Cities FM 96.3 “The Possum” studio, located in Blountville, TN. Showcasing the very best of the best local, regional, national, as well as internationally known music recording and performing artists, bands, musicians, and singer-songwriters, the weekly LIVE program exemplifies and promotes the highly diverse genres, unique styles, and distinct music sounds coming directly out of the very “cradle of Americana music”, the US Southern Appalachian mountain regions.

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Enjoyed very much listening to Canjo and Emisunshine today. Great conversation and cool music.
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Great show today CanjoeJohn! I’m listening! And thank you a bunch for playing our tunes as well as supporting all us artists in this area! Thank you! -Jc
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I really enjoyed talking to you and listening to you play at the fair and I love your show!!!
Today is the day to go to Church. And take your Bible.
Please play Sarah gayle meech. Real old country sound that is coming out today
Wild Blue Yonder listening in to the Matinee today. Thanks for the spins. Looking forward to coming in on the 27th and spending time with CanJoe!
NICKLES ROAD IS SO EXCITED TO BE ON TOP GUN RADIO SAT.28TH TUNE IN AND HEAR US LIVE!!!