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  1. #1
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    Sep 2008
    Knoxville, TN

    Default 1930's Smoky Mountain Music Compilation

    I wasn't sure where to post this, but I figured a few forum members would be interested in this, as am I. The GSMA & NPS is about to release a compilation of true mountain music from recordings done in the 1930s.

    There is also a listing of musicians that the GSMA is trying to contact. I thought some of you might recognize a name or two.

    If you enjoy true old time mountain folk music, I highly reccomend Doc Watson & David Holt's Legacy album. It is 3 discs of mountain music & stories. Doc's stories are equally as good as his flat picking.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Maryville, TN


    A couple of friends and I were talking about this just a while ago. Yeah that is cool. I did recognize many of the names linked to places in the mountains like Hannah, Moore, Messer, Sutton, Gunter, and such.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Rock Hill, SC


    Grannyknot--I already knew about it, as a friend of the GSM Assoc., and perhaps more to the point, I knew about the work of Joe Hall. He interviewed dozens of mountain folks, among them Mark Cathey and Wiley Oakley, faithfully recording each interview. One earlier product of his amazing research and work was the Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English, completed just a few years back by Michael Montgomery. The Univ. of Tenn. Press published the book, a massive thing which must run at least 800 pages. It is already out of print and fetches north of $200 on the Internet, but anyone with much of an interest in mountain culture needs it. The good news is that another edition is on the way (I helped Montgomery in a small way).
    Also, for my fellow lovers of mountain culture (and fishing and hunter belong to that culture) in general and music in particular, visit the web site The owner/blogger or whatever you call 'em, Tipper Pressley, hails from over Brasstown, N. C. way. She is passionate about old mountain ways and posts something virtually every day which is, to me at least, of great interest. In fact, I only visit and participate in two forums, this one and hers. I've met Tipper and she's the real deal, and whatever you are looking at on the site, which I must admit is a bit difficult to navigate since it has so much material, you've got wonderful mountain music in the background. Much of it comes from her brother, Paul Wilson, and her father, "Pap." It gets my A #1 son of the Smokies seal of approval.
    Jim Casada

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