Anna & Elizabeth’s new video for their cover of a centuries-old murder ballad will chill your blood (Noisey)

Lots of murder ballads lurk in the mountains of Appalachia, but the centuries-old “Greenwood Sidey” must rank near the top for creepiness.

Long story short: A woman kills her two newborns in a wood, only to have them return to haunt and condemn her to hell. This dark-as-night ditty was recorded in the Child Ballads collection, a 19th-century book of folk tunes from England and Scotland.

Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle, a pair of performers from the mountains of Vermont and Virginia, respectively, learned the song from Addie Graham, a ballad singer from eastern Kentucky. Their version is fragmented and sparse on details, leaving out many of the verses sung in European versions. Now, the duo have returned with an animated video for the tune that’ll make your blood run cold.

See the video & read the whole story at Noisey.

The networking power of the Hokie Nation, who’s buried on campus & more (Virginia Tech Magazine)

The fall 2015 issue of Virginia Tech Magazine has now been published and is available online.

My contributions include:

– The cover leader, which looks at Virginia Tech programs that link students and alumni, providing jobs for the former and access to talent for the latter.

– A story on who is buried at Virginia Tech, with a focus on the local leaders at the Preston Cemetery and the community that grew from the slaves buried at Kentland Farm.

– A profile of CNBC anchor Brian Sullivan, one of cable TV’s most prominent business analysts.

Read the entire issue at the Fall 2015 minisite.