Mt. Airy 43rd Fiddler’s Convention

Mt. Airy 43rd Fiddler’s Convention

Read and listen to our interview with Keith Nance at the 43rd Mt. Airy Fiddler’s Convention. In addition to being a long-time lover of Old [...]

Interview about Paducah, KY

Interview about Paducah, KY

We interviewed Nathan Lynn and Josh Coffey about Paducah, the history of steam boat songs in Kentucky and their own music. Both Nathan and Josh [...]

Doug and Taylor Rorrer

Doug and Taylor Rorrer

At the 43rd Annual Mt. Airy Fiddlers’ Convention, we spoke to Doug and Taylor Rorrer about their music. Doug Rorrer founded Flyin’ Cloud Records with his [...]

Keith Nance Talks About WPAQ Mt. Airy Documentary

Keith Nance Talks About WPAQ Mt. Airy Documentary

Keith Nance talks about “Broadcast– A Man and His Dream” a documentary directed by Jordan Nance about WPAQ founder Ralph Epperson. The station, based in [...]

Mountain Dulcimer and Psalteries

Mountain Dulcimer and Psalteries

View Jon Williams– a vender at Uncle Dave Macon Days in Murfreesboro– talking about his experiences making mountain dulcimers, psalteries, and other stringed instruments. For [...]

ABOUT THE PROJECT Juliana and Jordan began this project with the hopes of painting a fuller picture of the Appalachian region. As two women from the area, we are often frustrated by stereotypes and prejudices that depict the expansive region as backwards, rural and poor. In reality, this region covers over 200,000 square miles of rural towns and urban cities and has been home to almost every genre of American music--- from string bands to jazz. Further, musicians that have migrated out of the region continue to redefine what it means to be Appalachian. We are interested in how musicians and music-listeners answers questions we ourselves are struggling with-- such as:
  • What does it mean to be from this region?
  • How is the marketing of the region different from residents’ actual experiences and understandings of it?
  • How can histories and stories inform how we relate to musical traditions?
  • How do experiences with music differ across race, gender and class lines?
We do not think that our project can ever fully answer these questions-- nor do we claim to be authorities on the region. Because of this, we welcome submissions as we attempt to create an inclusive website where others can contribute stories, music, media, and research resources. As we continue this project, we will be going to several music archives, music festivals, and setting up interviews with scholars, musicians and music lovers. This summer, we are focusing on Old Time music,Blues, Bluegrass, and other string band traditions. However, we are also interested in Appalachian Jazz, Hip Hop and Gospel/Sacred music and hope to continue our research beyond 2014, as we continue to explore how genres of music interact with and complicate one another. Please contacts us if you have suggestions, comments or contributions. Please stay in touch! WHERE WE ARE GOING

ABOUT JULIANA AND JORDAN

DSC_1396Juliana Stricklen is a senior at Tulane University majoring in Musical Cultures of the Gulf South, Communications and Theater Production and Design. Born in Nashville, raised mostly in the City of  Pittsburgh and regularly visiting family in West Virginia sparked her interest in researching the  many genres of Appalachian music today. She is also interested in how we understand the Rustbelt  and the migration of people out of Appalachia, and has been inspired by the Affrilachian Poets who, according to their website, "have been writing together, defying the persistent stereotype of a racially  homogenized rural region." 

jordan Jordan Holton is a music major at Tulane University. She grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee  surrounded by Appalachian music. She hopes this project will expand her knowledge of this music  and provide a good resource for others interested in the topic.