Look what's coming to Blue Ridge PBS!
Specialists from the country's leading auction houses and independent dealers from across the nation travel throughout the United States offering free appraisals of antiques and collectibles.
October 3 – Knoxville, Hour 2
Personal letters from Amelia Earhart; Joseph Delaney drawings; and two Jacob Maentel watercolors.
October 10 – Knoxville, Hour 3 & Jacksonville, Hour 1
In Knoxville: a third edition of Gone With the Wind; signed Muhammad Ali training shoes; and a Cartier ring. Followed by Jacksonville: Laurel and Hardy “Swiss Miss” horn; Revolutionary War era silver cup; Thomas Hart Benton oil on tin.
October 17 – Jacksonville, Hours 2 & 3
A Babyland Rag topsy-turvy doll; Art Deco bracelet watch; Lee’s map of battle areas around Richmond. Plus: a NASA “Mercury 7” signed photo, ca. 1960; an 1862 Lincoln signed document; Tiffany gold necklace.
October 24 – The Boomer Years & New York City, Hour 1
Vintage treasures from the 1940s-60s, including an Elvis standee, MLK letter and Charles Schulz art. Followed by New York City: an archive of rare photographic baseball cards — Roadshow’s largest sports memorabilia find ever!
October 31 – Mansion Masterpieces / Manor House
History meets fantasy with treasures fit for a period costume drama, including a 1907 Robert Henri oil painting, a late 16th-century diamond marriage jewel and an English giltwood cabinet-on-stand Plus, objects fit for stately homes: Lord Byron portrait, Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, Tiffany necklace.
Austin City Limits - NEW SEASON!
Saturdays at 9:00pm
Explore the best original music — including contemporary and traditional rock, blues, country, folk, soul and worldbeat — in uninterrupted full concerts recorded live in Austin, Texas.
October 1 – Paul Simon
Savor a career-spanning set from Paul Simon. The singer/songwriter legend performs his classics, songs from Graceland, Simon & Garfunkel tunes and tracks from his latest LP, Stranger to Stranger.
October 8 – James Bay/Rhiannon Giddons
Enjoy performances by acclaimed singer/songwriters Bay and Giddens. Englishman Bay plays songs from his chart-topping debut Chaos and the Calm. North Carolina native Giddens performs tunes from her Grammy-nominated solo debut Tomorrow Is My Turn.
October 15 – Robert Plant
Enjoy new classics and fan favorites from music icon Robert Plant. The British superstar sings classics from the catalogs of Led Zeppelin, the blues canon and his solo Americana albums.
October 22 – Florence + The Machine/Andra Day
Enjoy dazzling modern rock and soul. British sensation Florence blazes through songs from her latest LP, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. San Diego’s Andra Day sings tunes from her soulful debut, Cheers to the Fall.
October 29 – Iggy Pop
A thrilling hour with rock & roll legend Iggy Pop. The Detroit native blasts through classics and cuts from his latest album, Post Pop Depression, accompanied by members of Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys.
Bill Murray: The Mark Twain Prize
Friday, October 28 at 9:00pm
Celebrate beloved actor and comedian Bill Murray, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center, a star-studded lineup salutes the achievements of the comedic trailblazer.
Bluegrass Underground - NEW SEASON!!
Saturdays at 10:00pm
Taped 333-feet below ground within the majestic Volcano Room deep inside Tennessee’s Cumberland Caverns, this 12-part “musical adventure” series features both well-established and emerging artists within the broad spectrum of bluegrass, jamgrass, roots and Americana genres.
October 1 – Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Leaving behind the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, DC, Frank Solivan (also a master chef) quickly earned a reputation as a monster mandolinist and turned his band, Dirty Kitchen, into the DC-area’s hottest acoustic act. With a sturdy matrix of bluegrass veined with jazz, blues, country and jam band, Solivan and Dirty Kitchen deliver on their main rule: “No filler.”
October 8 – Hurray for the Riff Raff
Raised in the Bronx by her aunt Nereida, Puerto Rican Alynda Lee Segarra developed her eye for life as a young teenage punk hopping freight trains across America before settling in sultry New Orleans. As NPR rightly put it, "Segarra's morning-after alto might be the least showy great voice to hit the national scene." Call it folk-blues, call it Americana, call it what you will, but Hurray for the Riff Raff promises to turn the Volcano Room into the French Quarter with a high-energy, funky, folky N’Awlins groove.
October 15 – Mac McAnally
Mac McAnally’s amazing career: Grammy winner, eight-time CMA Musician of the Year, soulful singer, Top Ten hit songwriter, Muscle Shoals session musician, chart-topping record producer, composer and lead guitar slinger for Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band. This Mississippi-raised musical force of nature enjoys a deep and broad following of fans devoted to the art of the song.
October 22 – JJ Grey & MoFro
Described as a mash-up of jam band, blues, funk, soul and Southern rock, JJ Grey’s songs reflect the steaming region around Jacksonville, Florida, where he was raised. Grey’s influences include such widely diverse Southern artists as country icon Jim Reeves, rock greats Lynyrd Skynyrd and Memphis soul man Otis Redding, as well as NYC hip-hop legends Run-D.M.C.
October 29 – The Cox Family
One of the finest vocal trios in bluegrass and trad-country ever to call the state of Louisiana home, Suzanne, Evelyn and Sidney Cox returned to the national music scene a few months ago with their first album in almost 20 years, the critically-acclaimed Gone Like the Cotton. The Grammy-winning Cox Family contributed several songs to the Grammy- and Oscar-winning O Brother, Where Art Thou? film/soundtrack, the best-selling roots music album of all time.
The Contenders – 16 for ’16
Tuesdays at 8:00pm
This eight-part series reveals the humanity, the twists of fate and the surprising mistakes behind 16 of the most compelling and tumultuous presidential campaigns in modern history. Revisit the past 50 years of presidential election history to see how previous campaigns are still influencing politics in unexpected ways.
October 4 – Hart/Jackson: The Visionaries
Examine the stories of the charismatic Sen. Hart and Rev. Jackson, forward-leaning aspirants determined to tackle the biggest foreign policy and domestic issues of the day. Equal parts brain and brawn, both were ready to upend American politics.
October 11 – Goldwater/Reagan: The Conservatives
Follow the political career of Barry Goldwater, whose conservatism ultimately sowed the seeds of Ronald Reagan’s entry into politics. Though they lost their presidential bids in ’64 and ’76, these influential Republicans, it’s said, won the future.
October 18 – Perot/Nader: The Independents
Follow the third-party campaigns of H. Ross Perot, who in 1992 launched his campaign on a lark during a TV interview, and Ralph Nader, a consumer advocate whose candidacy in 2000 may have changed the course of history.
October 25 – Ferraro/Palin: The Trailblazers
Trace Geraldine Ferraro’s entrance onto the world stage in 1984 as the first woman on a major party presidential ticket. In 2008, Sarah Palin added energy and excitement to John McCain’s campaign. See how both women fought to break the glass ceiling.