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

07/22/2021

In the Southern Appalachian mountains, coal has long been "king" in supplying heating fuel, energy, and the jobs, food, homes, lifestyles that had not been available for folks in these regions until its demand arose. The next episode of the Mountain Matinee, Saturday 7/24/2021, on 963 "The Possum", from noon until 3 pm EDT, will be titled "Coal, Trucks, and Trains". Y'all tune in to FM 96.3; FM 100.7; WPWT AM 870; or listen online to the live stream at 963thepossum.com.

The Appalachian region has many natural resources and since the mid 1800s, the #1 of this region's natural resources that has kept this nation, and the world, supplied with heat, electricity, and transportation, as well as many jobs, and other products, and for the past nearly 200 years, is coal. Coal became a huge commodity beginning mid 19th century, with the advent of steam engines; train locomotives, steam driven boats, machinery, etc. Its value to mankind after its discoveries as a high and wide demand fossil fuel changed mankind's history in every way, ushering in the Industrial Revolution, and also hugely changed the personal lives of the Southern Appalachian peoples into the twentieth century, and beyond, from their previously centuries long remote, isolated influenced lifestyles, to assimilate, acculturate, and adapt with other groups, subcultures and cultures of various other peoples of this country, and abroad, via migration/travel into and out of the formerly socially detached region, and due historically more recent advancing telecommunications; television, radio, news media, social media, etc. Directly because of coal, Appalachia's "yesterday's people" have, over many years, developed many new ways of living, and of thinking. ~ CJ*J the DJ

Timeline Photos
07/15/2021

Timeline Photos

Bill Anderson celebrates a big anniversary at the Grand Ole Opry this Saturday. Sixty years ago, on July 11, 1961, Anderson was sitting in his Georgia home watching the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on a black-and-white television. His phone rang, which irritated the young Decca recording artist and songwriter, who did not like it when the outside world interrupted his baseball-viewing.

He picked up the phone on the fourth or fifth ring, and Grand Ole Opry manager Ott Devine was on the line, asking Anderson if he’d like to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. That Saturday, July 15, Anderson was introduced as the Opry’s sixty-first member.

The Country Music Hall of Fame member — pictured here recording in Columbia’s Music Row studio with steel guitarist Sonny Garrish in the 1960s — celebrates six decades as an Opry star on Saturday night, July 17, at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House.

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07/13/2021

Mark Brine will be joining radio host CanJoe*John on the next episode of the Mountain Matinee. He's coming 'round the mountain and through these woods, and he's gonna be stopping by the studio on his way, this Saturday, July 17, 2021.

Mark is a multi-talented artist, musician, singer-songwriter, poet, author, music historian, super guitar instrumentalist; he's a true performer's performer ... y'all really don't want to miss this episode as we broadcast LIVE, right out of the studio of 963 "The Possum", this Saturday, noon until 3 pm EDT.

Now, another reminder, and don't y'all forget, the Mountain Matinee broadcasts LIVE every Saturday direct from the studio of 963 "The Possum", from noon until 3 pm EDT... but of course, y'all, too, can listen often and any time to the Tri-Cities "Timeless Country" radio, streamed 24/7 around the world, online, at 963thepossum.com ...

For all y'all who are living or visiting in the NE TN/SW VA region, just twist the k***s on your radios and dial in to FM 96.3; FM 100.7; or, on WPWT AM 870, as well ... So, nobody has to miss an episode! The Mountain Matinee, on 963 "The Possum"... ~ "CJ*J the DJ"

07/09/2021

I'd like to thank everybody for wishing me a happy birthday. I'm thankful I made it to 92! ♥️🎼

Timeline Photos
07/08/2021

Timeline Photos

In July 1924, David Harrison Macon, known professionally as Uncle Dave Macon, traveled from his Tennessee farm to New York City to make his first recordings, for the Aeolian Vocalion Record Company. He was fifty-three, and had only been earning money as a professional musician for a couple of years at that point.

Macon soon made up for lost time. In late December 1925, within three weeks of WSM Radio officially beginning the radio barn dance that we now know as the Grand Ole Opry, Uncle Dave began performing on the show. In short order, any time he appeared on the program he was the undisputed star, telling jokes and stories, singing songs old and new, and showing off banjo tricks as he played. “It ain’t what you got; it’s what you put out,” he liked to say. “And boys, I can deliver!”

Uncle Dave remained vigorous and entertaining right up to the end. He passed away in 1952 at age eighty-one, three weeks after his last Opry appearance. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966.

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07/08/2021

Ever wonder how some country music, or that some country musicians, themselves, were labeled as "outlaw"? Well, tune in to the Mountain Matinee for this next episode, Saturday, 7/10/2021, from noon until 3 pm EDT, and listen as host CanJoe*John tells the history of "outlaw country", and plays plenty of samples from the "Timeless Country" music catalogs of the specific music genre, and of/by the music artists labeled as "Outlaw Country".

The Mountain Matinee is broadcast LIVE from the studio of 963 "The Possum", every Saturday from noon until 3pm EDT. For those in the NE TN/SW VA region of the Tri-Cities, the dials are on your terrestrial radios at FM 96.3; FM 100.7; WPWT AM 870; and the program, as well the station, is always live streamed all over the world at 963thepossum.com. Don't y'all miss an episode! ~ "CJ*J the DJ"

Photos from Mornings with Cody and Mandi's post
07/03/2021

Photos from Mornings with Cody and Mandi's post

Photos from Mornings with Cody and Mandi's post
07/03/2021

Photos from Mornings with Cody and Mandi's post

Photos from Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's post
07/02/2021

Photos from Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's post

06/16/2021
05/28/2021

Monday is Memorial Day, so the next episode of the Mountain Matinee on Saturday, May 29, 2021, from noon until 3 pm EDT, will be a whole three hours dedicated to the remembrance of those who lost their lives in service to our country.

Y'all tune in to 963 "The Possum" and listen to the great "Timeless Country", Bluegrass, Old Time, Vintage, Country Gospel, and Patriotic music straight out of the studio catalogs, mixed with a bit of uncanny commentary, some homespun storytelling, and maybe even another self-penned poem by show host, CanJoe*John, LIVE on air and on the net, this Saturday, a Memorial Day weekend special Mountain Matinee broadcast, from noon until 3 pm EDT.

The Mountain Matinee is broadcast LIVE from the studio of 963 "The Possum" every Saturday from noon until 3 pm EDT on terrestrial radio dials in the NE TN/ SW VA region at FM 96.3; FM 100.7; WPWT AM 870; and streamed around the world at 963thepossum.com. Don't miss an episode! ~ CJ*J the DJ

05/22/2021

Who doesn't like biscuits and gravy? Well, tune in from noon until 3 pm EDT to this next upcoming episode of the Mountain Matinee, LIVE and direct from out of the studio of 963 "The Possum", Saturday 5/22/2021, for a heaping helping of "Biscuits N Gravy", as this week's theme for this episode.

So, what does the theme "Biscuits N Gravy" mean as folks who tune in might ought to expect? Well, the answer is, y'all just need to dial this episode in and find out as host CanJoe*John weaves together another off the chain three hour long Mountain Matinee radio show with a playlist mix of the best of "Timeless Country", Bluegrass, Old Time, Vintage, Patriotic, and Country Gospel music heard on radio, anywhere, and this one using the theme words "Biscuits" and/or "Gravy" found in the titles and/or lyrics of the tunes.

The Mountain Matinee is broadcast live from the studio of 963 "The Possum", every Saturday from noon until 3 pm EDT, found on terrestrial radio dials in the NE TN/SW VA region of the Tri Cities at FM 96.3; FM 100.7; WPWT AM 870, and streaming all over the world at 963thepossum.com. Y'all tune in, and take a listen. ~ "CJ*J the DJ"

05/06/2021

With Mother's Day falling on Sunday, the next upcoming episode of the Mountain Matinee, LIVE from the studio of 963 "The Possum", broadcast from noon until 3pm EDT, Saturday, May 8, 2021, join host, CanJoe*John, in celebrating "Mother's Precious Memories".

Direct from the 963 "The Possum" music catalogs of "Timeless" Country, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Vintage, Patriotic, Gospel, and more, many tunes with titles and/or lyrics having these key words will make up the playlist for this special upcoming episode, in honoring all mothers.

The Mountain Matinee airs LIVE every Saturday from noon until 3 pm EDT, from the Tri-Cities region's top classic Country music radio station, 963 "The Possum", found on terrestrial radio dials at FM 96.3; FM 100.7; WPWT AM 870; and streaming world wide on internet connected devices at 963thepossum.com. Don't y'all miss an episode. ~ "CJ*J the DJ"

Listen to the Mountain Matinee, live from the studio of 963 "The Possum", this upcoming episode, Saturday May 1, 2021, C...
04/27/2021
Maurice Mattei Music

Listen to the Mountain Matinee, live from the studio of 963 "The Possum", this upcoming episode, Saturday May 1, 2021, CanJoe*John will have a very special guest artist, singer/songwriter Maurice Mattei, on air LIVE from the studio.

Maurice will be performing the "Song of the Mountains" on the stage of the historic Lincoln Theater, Marion, VA next Saturday evening, so he'll be stopping by the studio on his way through to give all who tune in to listen, a sweet taste of his singing songwriter craft along with a splash of his personal wit, and yep, like I said, LIVE on air, this coming Saturday, as part of this next upcoming episode.

So, y'all tune in, folks, or listen to it live stream online at 963thepossum.com! This special May Day episode will surely be especially fun!... https://www.mauricematteimusic.com/

Musically, everything I do revolves around songwriting. I began writing songs in the mid '70s, took a long break and started into it again in the late '80s. It was then that I found my own approach. I was greatly influenced by storytellers - Chuck Berry, Hank Williams, Lou Reed, old folk & country t...

04/22/2021

"One for the money, two for the show", the next episode of the Mountain Matinee, Saturday 4/24/2021, from noon until 3 pm EDT, LIVE from the studio of 963 "The Possum", will be a super duper two-fer, a big ol' BOGO special playlist right directly from out of the studio's "Timeless" Country, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, Vintage, and Patriotic music catalogs, of 963 "The Possum", with this week's episode theme being all about great "Timeless" DUETS. Sure to be a double dose of a whole lot of good stuff, most every tune of this week's upcoming episode playlist will feature samples of the great duets, and by a plethora of artists who joined together in duo, beautiful voices in "Timeless" harmonious vocal chorus.

Y'all can listen to 963 "The Possum" any time, every day, 24/7/365, on any internet connected device, streaming live around the world, and around the clock, at 963thepossum.com ....

Or, if in the Tri-Cities of NE TN/ SW VA region, just dial your radios to FM 96.3; FM 100.7; or to WPWT AM 870, and don't one of y'all miss another episode of the Mountain Matinee, hosted each Saturday from noon until 3pm EDT, by CanJoe*John, LIVE on 963 "The Possum" ... turn it on, tune it in, turn it up... ~ "CJ*J the DJ"

04/15/2021

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04/15/2021

"Work Hard, Pay Taxes" is the title to the next upcoming episode of the Mountain Matinee, LIVE from the studio of 963 "The Possum", on air from noon until 3 pm EDT, Saturday 4/17/2021. Traditionally, April 15th of each year is the due date that all hard working folks in the USA are required by the IRS to have their income taxes filed and paid. Though, due Covid-19 and the IRS sidetracked with having to pay out the stimulus funds to those who have qualified to receive them, this year has the due dates moved to a later date, however, corporate, business, and trusts that have to file taxes still have April 15th as the due date this year.

Now, as a tribute to all hardworking folks, this episode will use the "Timeless" Country, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Vintage, Gospel, and Patriotic catalogs of the studio's tunes using the words "WORK", "HARD", "PAY", and "TAXES" as the key words found in the titles and/or lyrics of the playlist for this episode.

Turn it on, tune it in, turn it up, this next episode of the Mountain Matinee on 963 "The Possum" for some great music, more uncanny commentary, and a great way to spend part of the Saturday afternoon with show host CanJoe*John broadcasting from the studio LIVE by tuning your terrestrial radio dials to FM 96.3; FM 100.7: WPWT AM 870 if you're in the NE TN/SW VA area, or anywhere in the world on your internet connected devices, streamed live at 963thepossum.com... even at your places of work, if they'll let you... ~ "CJ*J the DJ"

04/09/2021

Nearly 50 years after leaving high school, Country Music Hall of Fame member Ricky Skaggs has received his high school diploma.

In June of last year, the Country music star's alma mater, Lawrence County High School in Louisa, Kentucky, bestowed upon him an honorary high school diploma for all of his work in music. The surprise presentation took place as Skaggs and fellow alumni singer-songwriters Larry Cordle and Tyler Childers were participating in a virtual high school graduation.

Instead of graduating high school in 1971, Skaggs hit the tour trail with Dr. Ralph Stanley. Although it's fair to say the decision paid off, Skaggs always wanted to achieve one of his mother's greatest desires and graduate high school.

“It was an amazing surprise and answered prayer of my mom,” explains Skaggs. “She wanted me to graduate before I went full time with Ralph Stanley on the road. I was about as proud of that as anything I’ve been given.”
Along with his diploma, Skaggs has won the National Medal of Arts, 15 GRAMMY Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Country Music Association Awards, two GMA Dove Awards, and three honorary Doctorate degrees. He has earned 12 No. 1 hits and has been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame, National Fiddler Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame, and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

The pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music started playing music more than 60 years ago. Since then, he has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows.

Congratulations, Ricky! #bluegrasslife

04/08/2021

"Till Death Do Us Part", the title of the next upcoming episode of the Mountain Matinee, Saturday 4/10/2021, broadcast from noon until 3 pm EDT, out of the studio of 963 "The Possum", will be using the key words, "TILL", "DEATH", "PART", as well, "HUSBAND", "WIFE", "RINGS", and other marriage related key words as found within the tune titles and/or lyrics of this episode's playlist. Weaved together with uncanny commentary, homespun poems, and personal stories by host, CanJoe*John, with the great "Timeless" Country, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Country/Southern Gospel, Vintage, and Patriotic music of the studio's catalogs, all y'all who tune in may well be most surprised at the variety of the music for this episode's playlist that includes these characteristic key words, creating this week's theme.

Tell all your family, friends, neighbors, in laws, ex-laws, dogs, cats, and everybody you see to turn it on, tune it in, turn it up... the Mountain Matinee, on every Saturday from noon until 3 pm EDT, LIVE from the studio of 963 "The Possum", in the Tri-Cities of NE TN/SW VA region on your terrestrial radio dials at FM 96.3; FM 100.7: WPWT AM 870; and streaming all over the world on all internet connected devices 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.
Love our possum t shirt
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!!!