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Influence not bound by gender

Henry Glassie photo

In 2009, seven years after the death of Ola Belle Reed, Maryland state folklorist Clifford Murphy set out to unearth how her mountain music was playing out in the small towns where her music had flourished. more

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“Your background is all you have; it starts you off.”

Maryland State Archives photo

Fifty years ago, when she was fifty, Ola Belle Reed looked back to tell the story of her life. For months we had been recording her songs. Now it was time for her life. more

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Overlooking the countryside

Garret K. Woodward photo

The road gets smaller and smaller to Ron and Rachel Clearfield’s home. Pavement turns to gravel, then to dirt, the route lined by majestic rolling hills and thick woods. It’s Saturday and the sun is shining. more

Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Rayna Gellert

Jon Estes photo

Rayna Gellert, Asheville, N.C.’s, accomplished singer\songwriter and acclaimed fiddler, was raised in a warm and loving home that embraced traditional music as an obsession since she can remember. more

Dec 1, 2012 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Tyler Ramsey

Christopher Wilson photo

It’s amazing how dreams find a way of coming true. Earlier this year Tyler Ramsey, who is now a full-time member of the successful indie-rock group Band of Horses, was able to find time to write, record, and release his third solo album. more

Feb 1, 2012 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Richard Buckner

Donated photo

Richard Buckner has been through a lot to get his latest finally released, but the blood, sweat and tears have paid off. He has created another stunning and moving piece of art with his distinctive style of music as only he can do. more

Aug 1, 2011 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia