Southern Salon: a culture and travel podcast

Amy Clark Spain and Brittany Robertson

Amy Clark Spain and Brittany Robertson are college professors with backgrounds in public relations, advertising, communication, and Appalachian studies. They're also moms, entrepreneurs, bloggers, and home renovators who love travel. In addition to her day job, Amy is a writer who has written for the New York Times, Oxford American, Salon.com, and NPR. She is author and co-editor of the book Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity, and Community, and host of the culture podcast Talking Appalachian. Brittany is a successful blogger who writes about style, and real-life issues that are important to women. She is founder and owner of the consulting company Curated Social Strategy. Find us on social @talkingappalachian and @heymamachic

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Episodes

The (True) Tale of the Haunting of Bertha Sybert
Oct 25 2021
The (True) Tale of the Haunting of Bertha Sybert
In this culture episode, Amy retells the legend of 9 year old Bouncing Bertha Sybert, a chilling ghost tale from the mountains of southwest Virginia that was documented in 1938 news accounts all over the world. Witnesses watched as her bed violently rattled and bounced, ghostly hands pulled her hair, food mysteriously jumped from plates on her family's table. Her haunting was so well documented, she received letters from all across the U.S. asking for her help in contacting dead relatives.Amy has been collecting stories for years, and took this account from an oral history with a surviving witness, along with documented news accounts. If you're looking for a scary tale this Halloween season, listen along!Thanks to Jason Davis and the Just Off the Wilderness Road CD for use of the song "Bouncing Bertha," written by Jason Davis and performed by Neil Huff.Podcast sponsors: Ivy Attic Co. on Etsy Curated Social StrategyIvy Attic Co on Etsy Unique jewelry handcrafted from vintage books, glass, and botanicals Curated Social Strategy Next level social media for businesses and brands.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showFollow me for more updates on this podcast and the Talking Appalachian podcast @talkingappalachian on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube.Want early access, bonus episodes, and stickers? Become a subscriber in the Talking Appalachian/Southern Salon podcast community.
Our Favorite Places
Jun 27 2021
Our Favorite Places
We love to brag about our gorgeous region, and because some of you have asked about places to visit as you're traveling through, we're covering some of our favorite cultural hotspots in Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee. From museums to farmer's markets, storytelling to fossils, we can easily fill a week for the family that wants a scenic getaway in the small, historic towns of our mountains, away from the touristy hustle. We also have ideas for those of you planning the "stay-cation."In this podcast, we'll tell you about:Southwest Virginia Museum and Historical State ParkGray Fossil Site/Natural History MuseumNatural Tunnel State ParkJonesborough, TNBays Mountain Park and PlanetariumThe Homestead ShopAbingdon, VASand CaveSt. Paul, VA and the Clinch RiverBurke's GardenBig Stone Gap, VABreaks Interstate ParkDevil's BathtubBirthplace of Country MusicMusic performance by: Landon SpainPodcast co-hosts: Amy Clark-Spain and Brittany RobertsonPodcast SponsorsCurated Social Strategy:  We craft strategy that’s centered on authenticity, engaging content, and your brand voice. www.thecuratedsocial.comIvy Attic Co: Jewelry handcrafted from vintage books, glass, and botanicals from the central Appalachian mountains by mother/daughter artisans. www.etsy.com/shop/IvyAtticCoIvy Attic Co on Etsy Unique jewelry handcrafted from vintage books, glass, and botanicals Curated Social Strategy Next level social media for businesses and brands.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the showFollow me for more updates on this podcast and the Talking Appalachian podcast @talkingappalachian on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube.Want early access, bonus episodes, and stickers? Become a subscriber in the Talking Appalachian/Southern Salon podcast community.