Joseph S. Hall


Courtesy of Archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University.


On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music features artists such as Dolly Parton, Norman Blake, Kate Brislin, and David Holt performing tunes that Smoky Mountains residents would have been singing when the national park was developed. Read more


In the early days

Courtesy of Louise Best

Music is like a memory—each performance a moment preserved, notes recalled but replayed never quite exactly the same way. And like a memory, music survives long after its makers. Read more


  • The 'Songcatcher'

    Courtesy of Ted Olson

    The 'Songcatcher'

    Joseph S. Hall leaving the Hannah home on Cove Creek, in Haywood County, N.C., after recording the Hannah brothers (in the background).