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!



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.