Paul Brown spent years learning music directly from some of the last fiddle, banjo, and guitar players to emerge before the age of radio and recordings, including banjoist and fiddler Tommy Jarrell, banjoist Gilmer Woodruff, guitarists and singers Paul Sutphin and Fields Ward, fiddlers Robert Sykes and Luther Davis, and mandolinist Verlen Clifton. He played for decades with fiddler Benton Flippen, and he has been a member of numerous ensembles, including the Bent Mountain Band with Andy Cahan and Mike Seeger; Benton Flippen & the Smokey Valley Boys; Robert Sykes & the Surry County Boys; The Mostly Mountain Boys, and the Toast String Stretchers. Paul has been on the staff at music camps across the U.S. since the early 1970s – from the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Washington, to Pinewoods in Massachusetts. Paul is a retired NPR journalist who until recently hosted the public radio program “Across The Blue Ridge”. He started his professional broadcasting career at Mt. Airy radio station WPAQ.