Dance Music
Music for square dancing and buckdancing has been an integral part of Appalachian culture from the early European settlement of the region to the present. Continue Reading »
Delmore Brothers
Natives of Elkmont, Alabama, Alton Delmore (b. December 25, 1908) and his younger brother, Rabon (b. December 3, 1916), were a popular and influential country music act in the 1930s and 1940s. Continue Reading »
Delmore, Alton
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Delmore, Rabon
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Dickens, Hazel
Born on June 1, 1935, in Mercer County, West Virginia, the eighth of eleven children, Hazel Jane Dickens is a bluegrass pioneer. Continue Reading »
Dickens, Little Jimmy
Country singer. Continue Reading »
Dobro/Resonator Guitar
Dobro is the brand name of a guitar-derived line of instruments owned by the Gibson Musical Instruments company, but the term is used generically for similarly styled resonator-equipped instruments from other builders. Continue Reading »
Dulcimer, Fretted
The fretted dulcimer has long been associated with southern and central Appalachia to the extent that it has variously been referred to as the mountain, Appalachian, or Kentucky dulcimer. Continue Reading »
Dulcimer, Hammered
A multistringed instrument played with mallets, this instrument was traditionally known as the dulcimer, but in recent years, the descriptor hammered has been added to distinguish it from the unrelated fretted dulcimer. Continue Reading »
Duos, Brother
From the mid-1930s into the 1950s, harmony duos—often comprised of two brothers—constituted a major style in country music. Continue Reading »
Duos, Male-Female
Male-female vocal duos—often comprised of a husband and wife—were a popular singing configuration in country music beginning in the mid-1930s. Continue Reading »
Fairchild, Raymond
Banjo player. Continue Reading »
Family Groups
Appalachian music has its basis in families and neighbors playing and singing together, as many of the region’s people historically lived in relatively isolated small settlements. Continue Reading »
Festivals, Music
A festival is a means by which culture can be celebrated, preserved, and represented in a public forum before an audience. Continue Reading »
The fiddle was the chief musical instrument in Appalachia from the eighteenth century through World War I. Continue Reading »
Field Recording Sessions
For more than seventy-five years, scholars working for the Library of Congress, individuals associated with regional universities, hobbyists, amateur enthusiasts, and commercial companies have all sought to document the rich Appalachian musical heritage on sound recordings. Continue Reading »
Flatt and Scruggs
Bluegrass musicians. Continue Reading »
Flatt, Lester
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Foley, Red
Country singer. Continue Reading »
Folk Music Collections
At the dawn of the twentieth century, as industrialization was transforming rural Appalachian culture, collectors attempted to preserve regional folk music by transcribing songs in musical notation. Continue Reading »
Folk Music Revivals
At the dawn of the twentieth century, amid industrial exploitation of the region’s vast natural resources and abundant labor force, educators and social workers committed to uplifting the region’s people extolled Appalachia’s wealth of distinctive cultural traditions. Continue Reading »
Folk Songs
The term folk song is used in two ways by folklorists: first, it is a generic phrase applied to all traditional songs; second, it is a term used to distinguish between narrative and nonnarrative songs in the repertoires of folksingers. Continue Reading »
Ford, Tennessee Ernie
Country and gospel singer. Continue Reading »
Foster, Stephen
Popular songwriter. Continue Reading »
Garner, Erroll
Jazz pianist and composer. Continue Reading »
Gentry, Jane Hicks
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Gentry, Jane Hicks, and Maud Gentry Long
Traditional singers and storytellers. Continue Reading »
Gibson, Don
Country singer and songwriter. Continue Reading »
Goose Creek Symphony
Country rock group. Continue Reading »
Gosdin, Vern
Country singer and songwriter. Continue Reading »
Gospel Music, African American
Modern African American gospel music was greatly inspired by the music of Thomas A. Dorsey of Villa Rica, Georgia. Continue Reading »
Gospel Music, Anglo-American
Gospel music in Appalachia has been part of a larger national movement toward the composition of original hymns. Continue Reading »
Grayson and Whitter
Early country duo. Continue Reading »
Grayson, G. B.
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The guitar’s origins are usually traced back to Spain, though some scholars have suggested Greek and Arabian influences. Continue Reading »
Gunning, Sarah Ogan
Traditional singer and songwriter. Continue Reading »
Haley, Blind Ed
Traditional fiddler. Continue Reading »
Hall, Tom T.
Country singer, songwriter, and author. Continue Reading »
Hammons Family
Traditional musicians. Continue Reading »
Handy, W. C.
Early jazz composer and pianist. Continue Reading »
Because of its affordability, portability, durability, and avail- ability, the harmonica has been a popular instrument in Appalachia for more than 150 years. Continue Reading »
Harris, Emmylou
Country singer. Continue Reading »
Hawker, Ginny
Mountain music singer and educator. Continue Reading »
Hawkins, Hawkshaw
Country singer and guitarist. Continue Reading »
Haynes, Henry D. “Homer”
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Hicks Family
Traditional musicians. Continue Reading »
Hines, Earl “Fatha”
Jazz pianist and bandleader. Continue Reading »
Holcomb, Roscoe
Traditional singer, banjo player, and guitarist. Continue Reading »
Holt, David
Folk music performer and promoter. Continue Reading »
Homer and Jethro
Country music comedy duo. Continue Reading »