Stacie and Billy interview American singer-songwriter Larry Cordle about his journey as an artist, being an ally to Appalachia, and his impressive instrument collection. Larry is an Eastern Kentucky native and holds many awards -- two being the 2019 and 2020 SPBGMA Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year awards. Larry also treats us and our listeners to a mini concert where he performs "Highway 40 Blues" and "Black Diamond Strings." You don't want to miss this one!

Published October 28, 2020

Billy and Stacie interview special guest Crystal Good! Crystal is an advocate, entrepreneur, Affrilachian poet, and all-around superstar. Join Billy and Stacie as they talk about Crystal’s current projects, challenges and opportunities of being an Appalachian poet currently in LA, and one of her earliest projects: Valley Girl!

Published October 23, 2020

Stacie Fugate and Billy Devericks welcome the first guest of Holler Back Season 2: Neomia Hagans-Flores, the Associate Director of the Center for Next Generation Leadership! This first-generation trio talks about opportunities and obstacles surrounding education for Appalachians. They also reflect on their time at UK and how the Robinson Scholars Program shaped them into who they are today.

Published September 29, 2020

Stacie and Michael interview Pharmacist, assistant professor, musician, and all-around talented Appalachian Woman Kris Preston on her journey as a bluegrass musician and how she incorporates her talents into teaching. Kris also talks about the culture of the local music scene in Eastern Kentucky and Western Virginia and how it has evolved throughout time.

Published May 20, 2020

Michael and Stacie interview Mr. Shane Barton, the Downtown Revitalization Coordinator for the Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, and the wonderful work he is doing in and around Appalachia. Living in Berea, Shane talks with us about some of his past projects/presentations and gives tips for anyone aspiring to be a downtown coordinator!

Published May 20, 2020

Michael and Stacie interview Montgomery County High School senior Larah Helayne. They talk to her about her upcoming music projects, but most importantly her activism for LGBTQ Youth as well as Appalachia in general.

Published May 20, 2020

Michael and Stacie discuss with Luke and Stephanie about their thoughts on education in Appalachia both before arriving in the mountains vs after. Stephanie is the Executive Director of Teach for America in the Appalachian Region and Luke is a TFA Alum who has stayed in his original placement area for 7 years.

Published May 20, 2020
In episode 3, we interview the Journal of Appalachian Health Editor-in-Chief Dr. Douglas Scutchfield about Appalachian Health and Wellness. We cover topics ranging from how the COVID-19 Pandemic will affect rural communities and their economies to general health and wellness in Appalachia.
Published April 15, 2020

In Episode 2 of Holler Back, Michael and Stacie introduced their guest host, Madison Mooney, and discussed in depth Madison’s journey to UK as well as her work both on and off campus. The specific focus of this episode is the Martin County water crisis and how water issues span all across Eastern Kentucky due to many things including faulty infrastructure, the coal industry, etc.

Published March 31, 2020

Episode 1 of Holler Back! introduced our hosts, and our guest host, Cameron French. We talked in depth about our experience at the University of Kentucky as Appalachians, first generation students, and Robinson Scholars. Cameron French, a Wolfe County native, gave us an in-depth outline of the Robinson Scholars Program and Michael talked about what UK is doing now in lieu of the entire program.

Published February 14, 2020


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