One Song: North Idaho Zombie Rag

Hillfolk Noir

No, this blog isn’t about Idaho, but neither is the band behind today’s tune—Hillfolk Noir. While the trio hails from Boise, they mash up a dizzying array of musical styles. “Hillfolk Noir’s peculiar take on traditional…

One Song: Under the Weeping Willow Tree

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With her lovely rendition of “Under the Weeping Willow Tree,” Emmylou Harris pays tribute to “the big bang of country music.” Back in 1927, a producer from New Jersey visited the mountain town…

Get Help for Popmusicitus

Young fiddler Carson Peters performs at Blue Ridge Music Center. Photo by Erynn Marshall.

Does Taylor Swift blare from your child’s bedroom at all hours? Is Usher on constant shuffle in your house? Is watching The Voice the closest you get to family bonding? If…

One Song: Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow

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Old time performers Anna & Elizabeth are it again. Since capturing hearts with their handmade crankies—magical scrolling displays that tell a story while they sing— this melodic duo has put together a new album….

One Song: Mama

Caitlin Marie Bell

North Georgia native Caitlin Marie Bell brings us a new tune with her signature haunting vocals along with some beautiful guitar work. Starts off slow and builds to be a real toe tapper….

One Night In Galax

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If you’re an old time music fan, you know Galax, Virginia. It’s no bigger than my thumb—just a few thousand residents—but home to more musical talent than five Nashville’s rolled…

Irish Music in the Mountains

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The Irish love to sing. Walking through Dublin, Galway, or Shannon, you’re bound to run into buskers on the street and live music pouring from pubs. If you’re from Appalachia,…

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