Dave Foster & Judy Foster | Beaver County Bluegrass
On episode 14 of the Beaver County History Podcast, we talk about bluegrass music in Beaver County with Dave Foster and Judy Foster, whose band East of Enon is part of small but vibrant community of local Americana musicians. This episode launches our Beaver County Music Heritage oral history initiative.
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This episode was recorded April 13, 2019 in Darlington, Pennsylvania. Host: Kevin Farkas. Guests: Dave Foster, Judy Foster. Audiography: Kevin Farkas, Dave Holoweiko. Music (available on SoundCloud.com): Chris Grabau and Benjamin Kaplan (“Jean-Michel Folon Voyage”), Walker Winn (“I Am A Pilgrim”), David Hyde (“30th July”), Flight Delays (“Close Music”). Other sounds (available on YouTube): Bluegrass Heaven (“Biglick Bluegrass Festival”), The Audiopedia (“What is Bluegrass Music”), TBC News Video (“VIDEO Bluegrass Festival 2018”). ©Beaver County History Podcast/The Social Voice Project, Inc. All rights reserved.
"We are a family that enjoys singing together for the joy and the glory of the Lord! We sing mostly gospel music and bluegrass!"
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The Fosters are also active in preserving and sharing local history of northern Beaver County through the Enon Valley Community Historical Society, "a local group working to preserve the history of Enon Valley, PA and to build pride in our town."
Kevin also founded the nonprofit Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative—a leading regional multimedia project working closely with the Veterans Breakfast Club, StoryCorps, and the Senator John Heinz History Center/Smithsonian Institution to capture, preserve, and share the stories of veterans with a Western Pennsylvania connection.
His multimedia work has appeared in local, regional, and national outlets, including USA Today, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, KDKA radio, WTAE/ABC television, Military Press, The Podcast Engineering Show, and websites of the Veterans Affairs Administration and the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation.
Kevin’s work has been referenced in several documentaries, museum exhibits, and oral history coursework and texts, including The Journal of Veteran Studies and Doing Oral History. Donald Ritchie, Historian Emeritus of the United States Senate, has recognized Kevin’s creative audio short stories and radio syndication series as a significant example of a new genre of public-minded oral history. Doug Boyd, Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries, rates Kevin’s Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast as one of his favorite oral history-based podcast productions.
For his oral history work in the Pittsburgh area, Kevin has received special recognition from the City of Pittsburgh, Community College of Allegheny County, and WQED/PBS(Dominion VITA Award). His photography also won the national “Cover of the Year” award by Hibu Publishing.
At seventeen, Kevin joined the US Navy and served aboard the USS Saratoga. After his enlistment, he hiked the Appalachian Trail and traveled throughout the country by bicycle. After attending New Mexico Highlands University and receiving degrees in English, he taught in several universities throughout the United States, including the Navajo Nation. Prior to founding The Social Voice Project, Kevin was corporate director of training in the electronics manufacturing industry. He is a native of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, where he now lives.
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