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!
ABOUT JULIANA AND JORDAN
Juliana 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 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.