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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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Service, Music and Community at Appalachian South Folklife Center

The Appalachian South Folklife Center in southern West Virginia has weathered many storms over the past half century, yet continues to provide help to residents in need, education for youth, and a safe harbor for activists.

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FloydFest: Celebrating Music and Mountains

For the second year in a row, Appalachian Voices and Floydfest are teaming up to encourage and promote stewardship of the Appalachian region, blending the joyous atmosphere of a music festival with opportunities to learn about environmental threats to the mountains and discover ways to get involved.

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Paying Tribute to a Beloved Daughter of Appalachia

Jean Ritchie, Kentucky-born folk hero, environmentalist and activist, died this June in her Berea, Ky. home at the age of 92.

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Museum Celebrates Birthplace of Country Music

In the 1920s, regional musicians often jammed together in Bristol while waiting for the next train. Those sounds were recorded during the now-famous Bristol Sessions, and now a new museum pays homage to the living legacy of country music.

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The Crooked Road Drives Mountain Music into Classrooms

A new Virginia community college course will give teachers the knowledge and techniques to present the region’s rich musical heritage to students in a multimedia format.

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