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Hopkins, Doc
Early country singer, banjo player, and guitarist. Continue Reading »
Hutchison, Frank
Early country singer and guitarist. Continue Reading »
Instrument Makers and Instrument Making
Appalachia has long been recognized for its diverse musical traditions, and over the past three centuries much of the region’s music has been performed on handmade musical instruments. Continue Reading »
Jackson, Aunt Molly
Traditional protest singer and songwriter. Continue Reading »
James, Sonny
Country singer. Continue Reading »
Jarrell, Tommy
Traditional fiddler, banjo player, and singer. Continue Reading »
Jazz
Jazz is not often associated with Appalachia in the public mind, but the region boasts more than one city significant in the development of the genre. Continue Reading »
Jim and Jesse
Jim and Jesse McReynolds have received acclaim since the 1950s for their style of bluegrass. Rather than being gener- ally mournful, bluesy, and lonesome like the music of Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers, the McReynolds’ music is often joyful and positive. Continue Reading »
Jones, Grandpa
Country banjo player and singer. Continue Reading »
Judd, Naomi
SEE Judds, The»
Judd, Wynonna
SEE Judds, The»
Judds, The
Country mother-daughter duo. Continue Reading »
Karnes, Alfred G.
SEE Phipps, Ernest, and Alfred G. Karnes»
Kazee, Buell
Traditional singer and banjo player. Continue Reading »
Kessinger, Clark
Traditional fiddler. Continue Reading »
Kimbrough, Junior
Blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Continue Reading »
Kincaid, Bradley
Early country singer. Continue Reading »
Lawson, Doyle, and Quicksilver
Bluegrass and gospel singer, mandolinist, and bandleader. Continue Reading »
Ledford, Lily May
Traditional and early country banjo and fiddle player and singer. Continue Reading »
Lilly Brothers and Don Stover
Bluegrass musicians. Continue Reading »
Lilly, Charles Everett
SEE Lilly Brothers and Don Stover»
Lilly, Mitchell Burt “Bea”
SEE Lilly Brothers and Don Stover»
Long, Maud Gentry
SEE Gentry, Jane Hicks, and Maud Gentry Long»
Louvin Brothers
Country and gospel brother duo. Continue Reading »
Louvin, Charlie
SEE Louvin Brothers»
Louvin, Ira
SEE Louvin Brothers»
Loveless, Patty
Country singer. Continue Reading »
Lulu Belle and Scotty
Early country husband-wife duo. Continue Reading »
Lunsford, Bascom Lamar
Revivalist singer, banjo player, fiddler, folk music collector, and promoter. Continue Reading »
Lynn, Loretta
Country singer and songwriter. Continue Reading »
Macon, Uncle Dave
Early country banjo player and singer. Continue Reading »
Mainer, J. E. and Wade
Early country musicians. Continue Reading »
Mandolin
A fretted, eight-string instrument of European origin, the mandolin became available in Appalachia in the late nineteenth century through mail-order catalogs and thereafter was a mainstay of both traditional and popular musical styles within the region. Continue Reading »
Marshall Tucker Band
Southern rock group. Continue Reading »
Martin, Jimmy
Bluegrass singer, guitarist, and bandleader. Continue Reading »
Mattea, Kathy
Country singer. Continue Reading »
McCutcheon, John
Folksinger and multi-instrumentalist. Continue Reading »
McGhee, Brownie
Country blues singer and guitarist. Continue Reading »
McMichen, Clayton
SEE Skillet Lickers»
McMillon, Bobby
Ballad singer and folk music collector. Continue Reading »
Meyer, Edgar
Bassist and composer. Continue Reading »
Minstrel Music/Blackface Minstrelsy
Flourishing during the mid-nineteenth century, the minstrel show initially consisted of white male musicians performing broad caricatures of African Americans through wearing blackface (using burnt cork or a black substance known as mantan as makeup to give the performer the appearance of being an African American minstrel). Continue Reading »
Monroe, Bill
Bluegrass mandolinist, singer, and composer. Continue Reading »
Muscle Shoals
The small city of Muscle Shoals sits near the bank of the Tennessee River in northwestern Alabama, adjacent to three other cities: Florence, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. Continue Reading »
Music Organizations
Music has arguably been Appalachia’s foremost cultural export, as the region’s musical heritage has been celebrated by dedicated music organizations located throughout the United States and in many other countries. Continue Reading »
Niles, John Jacob
Singer, folk music collector, and composer. Continue Reading »
O’Brien, Tim
Bluegrass, country, and traditional singer, songwriter, mandolinist, fiddler, and guitarist. Continue Reading »
O’Day, Molly
Country singer and banjo player. Continue Reading »
Old-Time Music
The term old-time music is a designation used by Appalachian musicians, singers, and enthusiasts in reference to the variety of traditional musical genres found in sections of Appalachia where regionally specific repertoires continue to be performed. Continue Reading »
Opera
In Appalachia, opera is mostly limited to larger urban areas. Since cities do not usually figure in the popular conception of Appalachia as a largely rural region, opera has generally been excluded from assessments of the region’s musical culture. Continue Reading »