Episode 24 – The Food Capitals of Columbus County

Matt is enthusiastic about our microphones. Chris reads one skeptical take on the ghosts of Heartbeat Bridge.  Matt reminisces about whacking moles, while Chris talks about the Waccamaw Indians.  Matt gets confused about the bay area and Carolina Bay lakes.  Chris talks about the Strawberry, Watermelon, and Yam capitals of the world… or at least of Columbus County. Like any good food capital, Columbus County plays host to a related festival for each food.

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Matt and Chris listen to Slayer’s Reign in Blood.

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Episode 23 – Believe in the Cleveland County

Its raining at least one Benjamin on the County Boys. Chris really gets into the Revolutionary War and the Battle of Kings Mountain which probably occurred… on Browns Mountain in South Carolina.  Matt praises the historical society and preservation folks of Shelby and Cleveland County.  Chris talks about Oliver Max and the Cleveland County Dynasty (which does not involve the Cavaliers or Indians).  Matt talks about the livermush festival.

Matt and Chris talk with a Cleveland County native Sean.  Sean describes the world’s most delicious rivalry.

The Battle of Kings Mountain by Don Troiani.

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Matt and Chris listen to Frank Ocean’s nostalgia, ULTRA.

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Episode 22 – Whigging out with Opossoms in Clay County

Matt talks about clay, the stuff you make bricks with.  Chris talks about Clay, the dude with 16 counties named after him but otherwise a perennial (presidential) loser.  Matt exposes other popular counties (you may want to avert your ears). Chris finds it curious that the popularity of OJ Simpson’s original lawyers far exceeds that of many other criminals.  Matt calls Time Out on Chunky Gal Mountain.

Clay County rings in the New Years with an annual Opossom Drop.

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Chris and Matt listen to Oasis’ (What’s the Story) Morning Glory.

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Episode 21 – Tea Parties and Chowan County

The Lords Proprietors make a triumphant return.  Matt discusses the type of people residing in Shaftesbury.  Chris talks about a few famous residents of Chowan County that went on to get their own county (names).  Matt talks about presidential crimes, misdemeanors, and the beaches of Chowan County.  Chris talks about the surprisingly broad array of tea parties.

A derogatory take on the Edenton Tea Party

Chris explains why there is a dead fish on the Chowan County seal.

Matt and Chris listen to Bikini Kill’s The Singles from 1998.

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Episode 20 – Trails to and from Cherokee County

Chris talks about the Qualla Boundary, colloquially known as the Cherokee reservation- despite the fact that the land that was purchased privately and not reserved by any government for the Cherokee.  Matt expresses his anger at the treatment of Native Americans during their relocation in the 1800s on the Trail of Tears.  Chris discusses the process of pumping water up to the top of a damn to store energy.  Matt admonishes Chris for mentioning other forms of media or entertainment that may distract our listener.  Matt notices the frequency with which leaders go into the woods and come up with an epiphany that starts a movement. Chris points out that “they” have in fact done a religious-themed putt-putt course.

 

The 10 Commandments at Fields of the Wood

 

Matt and Chris listen to Weezer’s Pinkerton.

Episode 19 – Lions and Tigers and Chatham County

Chris respects the Baroness.  While disavowing his belief in a corporal devil as such, Matt describes the place in Chatham County where the devil may enter the Earth. Matt dives deep into his fascination of mermaids with his own mermaid theory.

Mermaid Point sits at the confluence of Deep River and Haw River in Chatham County.

Chris questions the propriety of a Chatham County farm contest.  https://www.essaybluebirdhillfarm.com/

Matt and Chris listen to Tricky’s Maxinquaye.

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Episode 18 – Balls Creek and Catawba County

Chris talks about the Catawba tribe. Matt dreams about colleges and states named after him. Chris talks about being swept up by a revival.  Matt notices a famous musician from Newton.  Chris discusses the mechanics of fording a river which leaves Matt wanting to go deep into Balls Creek and its love shack.

Balls-Creek-Sign

Matt and Chris listen to Japandroids’ Celebration Rock.