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New Orleans Interview with Rising Appalachia

New Orleans Interview with Rising Appalachia

On March 28th, 2015 Rising Appalachia played a show at the Civic Theater of New Orleans. Started by two sisters, Leah Song and Chloe Smith, the band often remixes traditional ballads by rearranging them with […]

Interview with Lori McKinney of the RiffRaff Arts Collective

Interview with Lori McKinney of the RiffRaff Arts Collective

Riff Raff Arts Collective We spoke with Lori McKinney, co-founder and administrator of the RiffRaff Arts Collective in Princeton, WV. Choosing to plant roots in McKinney’s hometown of Princeton, Lori and her husband, Robert Blankenship, […]

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 are founding members of Wheelhouse Rousters, a group that performs […]

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 more information on Jon Williams, visit his website here.

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 Time and Bluegrass music, he recently helped produce the documentary […]

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 Mt. Airy, North Carolina, continues to promote Old Time, Bluegrass […]

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 wife in 1986 to promote acoustic music in North Carolina. […]

ABOUT THE PROJECT

In 2014, Juliana Stricklen and Jordan Holton 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. Funded by the Jean Danielson Scholarship Fund, we traveled through out the region in 2014 and Juliana is currently editing more video and audio interviews and developing a Wikipedia-based guide on Appalachian music resources and research. As we continue this project, we are interested in how musicians and music-listeners answers some of these structuring questions:

  • 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 the ultimate 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.

Please contacts us if you have suggestions, comments or contributions. Please stay in touch!

2014 Travels

ABOUT JULIANA AND JORDAN

DSC_1396Juliana Stricklen graduated from Tulane University and majored 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.” Currently, she lives in New Orleans and works as a freelance artist & writer and is the Interview Coordinator for WTUL New Orleans. 

jordan Jordan Holton has a degree in music from 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.