Phil and Gaye Johnson acoustic americana folk music

Phil's Ole Time Pickin' Junction 1975

In 1972, after a bellyful of the West coast, the pair moved back East, got married, and settled in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where they owned and operated a small acoustic music store "The Blue Ridge Music Emporium". Weekly jam sessions at the shop introduced the couple to a wide variety of traditional music styles as well as traditional musician "quirks".

  It was during this time they initiated a live two hour radio program broadcast weekly over WMRA-FM and, completed a 13 episode Bluegrass program for Virginia Public Television entitled Phil's Ole' Time Pickin' Junction. Later re-broadcast in several Southeastern states, it spawned a sequel Phil & Gaye's Song Swap Shop in 1977.

 
Phil and Gaye Johnson acoustic americana folk music

Cornbread & Sweetmilk 1980

In 1980 Phil & Gaye created and produced a weekly live radio program entitled Cornbread & Sweetmilk Time for commercial Country Music stations In North and South Carolina and released their first album Cornbread & Sweetmilk.(CRC/Park Street 43632) the program continued until 1983. By that time they had made their first of four appearances on The Nashville Network's Fire on the Mountain television series, as well as numerous appearances on public radio's A Prairie Home Companion.

 
Phil and Gaye Johnson acoustic americana folk music

Phil and Gaye Johnson
A Prairie Home Companion 1982

 
Phil and Gaye Johnson acoustic americana folk music

Gamble Rodgers, Phil & Gaye
John Hartford
The Liberty Flyer 1984-'85

Their experience in radio combined

with their eclectic style, incorporating everything from traditional Country Music to Western Swing, Bluegrass, and Country-Rock, performed by Gaye on lead vocals and guitar, and Phil on guitar, mandolin, resonator guitar and harmonica made them the perfect choice to host the premier Bluegrass/Country Music radio program The Liberty Flyer. Broadcast in 1984 and 1985 throughout the United States and around the world via The Armed Forces Radio Network, The Liberty Flyer gave Phil & Gaye a chance to showcase Gaye's extraordinary mountain alto and Phil's classic songwriting.

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