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Making Music, One Instrument at a Time

Jayne Henderson

Meet three artisans who hand-craft stringed instruments.

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Luthiery school opens manufacturing facility to provide economic opportunity

The Appalachian School of Luthiery in Hindman, Ky., recently opened the Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Company to train people for high-paying and highly skilled jobs in poverty-stricken areas.

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Hip Hop in Appalachia

DJ Monstalung

Several rap artists share their experiences with making music in the mountains.

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Shape-Note Singing

people singing

Shape-note singing is a living tradition of musical and social harmony, and is practiced in Appalachia and across the world.

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Traveling The Crooked Road

Adult Life Expectancy change from 1997-2007 showing a half year to a full year decrease in life expectancy for adults living in areas with mountaintop removal mining

Along its 330-mile route, The Crooked Road in Southwest Virginia connects visitors with the sounds of America’s roots music and demonstrates how a region can leverage its cultural assets to develop a new economy.

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Common Connections: An Appalachian-Romanian Exchange

An exchange program between high students from Mason, W. Va., and Anina, Romania, identified similarities in the music and traditions of these two coal-mining regions.

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Kindred in Song

How Bluegrass Brought the World Together By Brian Sewell “Greetings from North Carolina.” Doc Watson’s rich, syrupy baritone voice is instantly recognizable in a 1976 recording from Tokyo, Japan, where he took the stage with his son, Merle. “We’ve come

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