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Patrick Gainer and The Devil’s Questions

Native West Virginian Dr. Patrick W. Gainer dedicated the balance of his life to a personal crusade to revitalize folk traditions, and to elevate the image and self-esteem of the Appalachian people at a time when derogatory stereotypes flourished. His Appalachian folklore course at West Virginia University, where he taught in the English Department from […]

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1927 Bristol Sessions –not the ‘Big Bang’ of country music? 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2 In Atlanta Gid Tanner was recommended and Tanner brought blind guitarist Riley Puckett with him to New York on March 7, 1924 to back-up his fiddle. Puckett became Columbia’s and Walker’s first country star, and picked his way through “Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane” accompanied on fiddle by Tanner. […]

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1927 Bristol Sessions –not the ‘Big Bang’ of country music? 1 of 2

Part 1 of 2 In 1984, the Tennessee General Assembly recognized the town of Bristol, with one foot in Tennessee and one in Virginia, as the “Birthplace of Country Music.” The Commonwealth of Virginia followed in 1995, with both the State Senate and the House of Delegates passing identical resolutions honoring Bristol. The Bristol Sessions […]

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Old time musician Jean Ritchie recently suffered a stroke, and is in the hospital

Dan Dutton, whom she mentored, discusses her legacy in more depth today on the Dandylandmuse blog. From his post: Jean wrote this email to one of her folk music friends who wasn’t feeling well a while back, and posted it on the Mudcat traditional music discussion board. It is such an insightful and brave introspection: […]

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‘On the Banks of the Ohio’—an old murder ballad

Rebecca Dart, a Vancouver comic book artist and animator, is turning heads this week with her fresh visualization of the old-time tune “On the Banks of the Ohio.” Click on each panel to see her wonderful linework enlarged. Says Wikipedia of this tune: “Banks of the Ohio is a 19th century murder ballad, written by […]

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