Appalachia 1982-1983

Cloggers and buck dancers; bluegrass and string bands; white gospel groups; stories, folktales, and ballads from coal miners, tobacco farmers, and former bootleggers, filmed in Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Performers include Ray and Stanley Hicks; union activist and singer Nimrod Workman; fiddler Tommy Jarrell; the ballad singers of Sodom Laurel, Madison County, N.C.; the Piedmont blues stylists John Dee Holeman and Algia Mae Hinton, and the National Sacred Harp Convention in Fyffe, Alabama.

 

     
 
Lonnie Rogers and his wife Vivian sing the words of "Happy Home," #343 in The Sacred Harp. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew at the Rogers' home in Ephesus, Georgia, of which Mr. Rogers was mayor at the time. Posted in memory of Lonnie Rogers, who died February 15, 2012.
 
Martha Woodward sings "Mission" (#204 in the Sacred Harp) and accompanies herself on banjo. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew at the home of Martha and George Woodward, Gaston, Alabama, June 1982.
     
 
Coal miner, union activist, and singer Nimrod Workman performs one of his original topical compositions, "42 Years." Shot by Alan Lomax and crew at Nimrod and Molly Workman's home in Mascot, Tennessee, July 26, 1983.
 
Coal miner, union activist, and singer Nimrod Workman sings "Gabriel's Trumpet," also known as "I Want To Go Where Things Are Beautiful." Shot by Alan Lomax and crew at Nimrod and Molly Workman's home in Mascot, Tennessee, July 26, 1983.
     
 
Coal miner, union activist, and singer Nimrod Workman sings the ballad of "Lord Bateman" which he calls "Lord Baseman" Child #53. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew at Nimrod and Molly Workman's home in Mascot, Tennessee, July 26, 1983.
 
Stanley Hicks and his first cousin Ray perform "Roving Gambler" (which Stanley calls "Roamin' Gambler"). Shot by Alan Lomax and crew at Stanley's home in Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, North Carolina, September 8-9, 1982.
     

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