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Boggs, Dock
Early country banjo player and singer. Continue Reading »
Bristol Sessions
The Bristol sessions were among the earliest and most successful attempts to make field recordings of rural musicians in Appalachia. Continue Reading »
Burnside, R. L.
Rural L. (“R.L.”) Burnside was born November 23, 1926, in Lafayette County, in north Mississippi near the university town of Oxford. Living for much of his life in and near Holly Springs in Marshall County, Mississippi (with a stint in Chicago during the 1950s), Burnside worked as a sharecropper, fisherman, and part-time musician. Continue Reading »
Calhoun, Walker
Cherokee singer and ceremonial leader. Continue Reading »
Carson, Fiddlin’ John
Early country fiddler and singer. Continue Reading »
Carter Family
Singers. songwriters, and folk song collectors. Continue Reading »
Celtic Influences
The traditions of the Celtic peoples together constitute the single most dynamic ethnic influence on Appalachian music. Continue Reading »
Cherokee Music
Cherokee music, like other Cherokee art forms, was and continues to be an integral part of special ceremonies as well as of daily life. Continue Reading »
Chesney, Kenny
Country singer and songwriter. Continue Reading »
Civil War Music
With the Southern states’ secession from the Union in 1860–61, excitement spread through the Appalachian region as young men reported for induction into the Union and Confederate armies amid a festive atmosphere. Continue Reading »
Classical Composers
In the late nineteenth century, classical music composers initiated a movement (based on late-eighteenth-century European antecedents) to create a distinctively American national music, often incorporating traditional melodies. Continue Reading »
Cline, Patsy
Country singer. Continue Reading »
Coal-Mining and Protest Music
In the decades following the Civil War, technological advances and industrial modernization accelerated through- out Appalachia as the New South creed became the dominant ideology of the region’s political and economic elite. Continue Reading »
Cockerham, Fred
Traditional banjo player and fiddler. Continue Reading »
Coe, Kenton
Classical composer. Continue Reading »
Contests and Conventions
Although often thought of as an isolated place populated with stubbornly self-sufficient people, Appalachia has in fact produced a human culture that has long valued harvest celebrations, barn raisings, camp meetings, political rallies, community singings, dances, and family-oriented play parties. Continue Reading »
Cooper, Wilma Lee and Stoney
Country husband-wife duo. Continue Reading »
Country Music
Although long associated with rural America, country music continues to thrive in an urbanized, postindustrial society. Continue Reading »
Cousin Emmy
Early country banjo player and singer. Continue Reading »
Creed, Kyle
Banjo player, fiddler, and instrument maker. Continue Reading »