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Festival-Related Releases on Smithsonian Folkways
Classic Bluegrass
Roscoe Holcomb: an Untamed Sense of Control
Jean Ritchie: Ballads from her Appalachian Family Tradition
he Appalachia: Heritage and Harmony program celebrates the 75th anniversary of the "Bristol Sessions," recordings made of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers in the Tennessee-Virginia border town of Bristol in August 1927. Those commercial recordings brought old time ballads, string and mountain music to broad audiences across the United States, and established the beginnings of what is now known as country music.

The region around Bristol—encompassing portions of Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia—has been a historic center of cultural creativity. Country music started out as a music of its people. The roots of this music lie in the proclivity of folks to turn experience into story, song, and music. Dolly Parton, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, and Loretta Lynn among others come from the region. The Festival will feature not only music, but also the foodways, storytelling, and work lore that inspires and sustains it.


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