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Damp as the Dew Buy Now Downloads
This is a singing tribute to the coal mining men and women of Appalachia who gave their lives in service to King Coal.
When Miners March Buy Now
When Miners March is the definitive history of the coal miners of West Virginia. William C. Blizzard wrote the text in the early 1950s while his father, miner's hero Fearless Bill Blizzard, was still alive and able to comment. Political realities kept the book in a box for more than half a century--unavailable to either scholars writing their own accounts of the mine wars or Union families seeking to pass on their own proud heritage.
Patchwork Buy Now
Here's a grab bag of songs that are eminently singable and fun to play. They are truly a patchwork of moods, subjects and settings. The opening Patchwork, written by David Norris from the Chesapeake region of southern Maryland, is one of four Norris songs featured in this collection, along with Timberline, Time and Its Changes, and Our Old Home. Norris' imagery resonates beautifully with themes of rural living in our Allegheny highlands and stirs audiences anywhere.
Of A Painter Buy Now Downloads
This collection of life long favorites of duet singers Carrie
and Michael Nobel Kline includes a wide variety of songs from
traditional to Tin Pan Alley to Jerry Jeff Walker, Kate Wolf,
Tracy Lawrence, Tom Paxton, Glen Lawson and David Norris. The
Klines note that, “these are songs we sing to make sense of our
journey in an increasingly insane world. The images are rooted
in rural America and help us feel both connected with the past
and grounded in the present.”
The songs celebrate
the resiliency of the human spirit, the arts of neighborliness,
and the drive to preserve natural beauty in fast-changing times.
Dead Ringers Buy Now
Dead Ringers - Why Miners March - Buried Truth from the Mountains
Book Compiled and Edited by Wess Harris.
Where the Coal Trains Load Buy Now
These 31-tracks of global music recorded in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania in 2006-2007 are a reflection of a diverse gathering of folk cultures over the past two centuries from around the globe, initially drawn to the anthracite coal regions of eastern Pennsylvania to work rich veins of black gold. On this recording hear Eastern and Western Europeans along with Latin American and Asians, in a varied and powerful quilt of song.
Sweetheart Of The Smoke Hole Buy Now
Listen to the authentic, clear mountain singing of Loris Shreve in West Virginia's Potomac Highlands. Born in 1935 at the height of the Great Depression, Loris found herself midway among a family of nine children, growing up in a white farm house along a stream of water with fields out front, large gardens, wild berry patches and plentiful game, practically in the shadow of the Smoke Hole cave. Her father put her out to work in the potato patch when she was seven. She grew up with a hoe handle in her hands and a song on her lips.
Music of Coal:
Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields Buy Now
The Lonesome Pine Office on Youth announces the release of the two-CD set "Music of Coal: Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields."
Train Buy Now Downloads
Family stories, historical and folkloric anecdotes from Quakers
and African-Americans, punctuated by contemporary performances of
period music. Ideal for classrooms, living rooms, or automotive
travel, this riveting hour-long recording, produced with help from
students and faculty at the Olney Friends School, leaves listeners
inspired and better informed after revisiting a courageous period
in World History.
From the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike
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Voices of the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike is a series of audio history productions that explore life along the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike, an early toll road through the Appalachian Mountains of Central West Virginia. Featuring first-hand accounts of local elders, this production brings to life voices of the region's inhabitants in vibrant stories and music. Over ninety oral histories augmented by musical selections and ambient sound recorded especially for the series.
Sacred Singing in Southern Maryland
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African-American Sacred Singing in Southern Maryland includes
two recordings of gospel music as it has come down through the generations.
Uniquely American, gospel music evolved into many forms, including
a means of passing messages for runaway slaves, as well as a spiritual
release and pure expressions of joy. These recordings feature church
choirs and a solo artist from Charles and Calvert counties in southern
Maryland. Now found in many forms, gospel music is the backbone
of many Protestant worship services.
and Raised in Tobacco Fields Buy Now Downloads
In Born and Raised in Tobacco Fields, Fourteen voices weave
together a richly textured tapestry of reflections on a rural way
of life as old as our nation's history, tobacco farming in Southern
Maryland. In the wake of the Maryland State Tobacco Buyout of 2000,
traditional agricultural landscapes are being transformed at a dizzying
rate by suburban sprawl, leaving little trace of a rural culture
and economy dating back more than 350 years to Maryland's colonial
beginnings. These impassioned voices, augmented with poignant music
and ambient sounds, take listeners on a foray into the farms and
auction houses of American agriculture.
Money Crop: Calvert County After The Tobacco Buyout
The Money Crop evokes the past, present, and future of
Calvert County's rural life and land. It offers a rich description
of tobacco farming equally devoted to agriculture, to human culture
in the broadest sense, and to the landscape. We learn how the
money crop was grown, harvested, and sold; who did the work and
what sorts of buildings and tools were necessary to the task;
and finally - thanks in large part to the handsome photographs
throughout the volume - about the lay of the land. The book explains
what has happened to the tobacco farmer in recent times, including
the buyout by the state of Maryland.
The text is animated
by the words of many individuals, from farm owners to tenants,
from laborers to auction house owners. The speakers assess the
profound changes that affect Calvert as tobacco-growing is drastically
Smiles Tonight Buy Now
All Smiles Tonight is a project of the Hampshire County,
West Virginia 250th Anniversary Committee. It is said that music
has been a large part of life in Hampshire County and that the music
flowed through the lives of residents as much as the rivers flow
through the country on their way to the ocean. On this two-CD set,
the Klines have recorded and assembled a rich and diverse collection
of 72 songs and tunes from over sixty musicians.
Beyond Buy Now Downloads
Beautiful Beyond - Christian Songs in Native Languages
"The singing of Christian hymns in Native languages, represented
by the music you will hear on this album, gives meaningful respite
to [a] terrible past as well as hope for a future in which religious
toleration will prevail…It is virtually impossible to remain unmoved
when one hears [these] powerful voices joined in intricate harmonies,
giving voice to the community’s shared heritage. Whether or not
one understands the words, the spiritual resonance is unmistakable.
If there is a deeper meaning in the perseverance of our Native
languages, it is nowhere more apparent than in the wonderful music
of these singers joining the past with the present".
Gerald L. Hill,
is presented in cooperation with the National Museum of the American