"I'm not in the music industry...they sell songs. I write prayers. How do you sell a prayer?"
-- Ferron (site includes streaming music and video!)
"... Have you ever been to the State of Franklin? Have you ever heard of it before now? How about visiting what was once the State of Franklin and listen to JD Crowe and the New South at the same time or how about visiting the First Town in Tennessee and hearing The Expedition Show? ..."
--Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series
"The Appalachian Mountains are only now beginning to be recognized as one of the primary incubators of African-American music, especially the blues tradition. Appalachian blues comes in a variety of styles—vaudeville blues, piano blues and boogie, string-band dance blues, guitar and harmonica-based down-home blues, ragtime blues, East Coast rhythm and blues, and so-called white mountain blues. Moreover, it includes such celebrated artists as Bessie Smith, Cripple Clarence Lofton, Cow Cow Davenport, Pinetop Smith, Josh White, Rev. Gary Davis, Jaybird Coleman, Luke Jordan, Dinah Washington, and James Brown. Why, with such an array of blues legends—the Empress of the blues, the Queen of the blues, and the Godfather of soul—has the region's blues tradition received so little attention? Part of the answer lies in the sheer size of the region...." -- Barry Lee Pearson in Appalachian Blues, Smithsonian Folklife
! DON'T FORGET ! to donate, as you're able, for everyday operating expenses and envisioned upgrades to the institutions -- media, websites, cultural centers -- that most inspire, enliven and educate us throughout our uniquely beautiful and beautifully storied Appalachian environment. Nearly all of our wonderfully talented and entertaining musicians develop CDs, and even DVDs sometimes, for sale from their sites and during live performances at inviting venues from public to private throughout the Mountain Empire. We're so fortunate to have this heritage and its continuance through dedicated professionals who also obviously truly love their calling: our traveling troubadors who carry our history of enlightenment and innovation to citizens throughout the world for our benefit and for theirs. Blessings.
MOUNTAIN EMPIRE MUSIC AND MUSICIAN LINKS
"The Federal Communications Commission is proposing an ambitious 10-year plan that will reimagine the nation’s media and technology priorities by establishing high-speed Internet as the country’s dominant communication network...." -- F.C.C. Plan to Widen Internet Access in U.S. by Brian Stelter and Jenna Wortham, New York Times 3/12/10
“Broadband will be the indispensable platform to assure American competitiveness, ongoing job creation and innovation, and will affect nearly every aspect of Americans’ lives at home, at work, and in their communities.” --Julius Genachowski, F.C.C. chairman
Acoustic Coffee Houseone of Johnson City Tennessee's newer and acclaimed venues for innovative regional musical performances and happenings
Appalachian Cultural Music Associationsupports a Museum Store and is "dedicated to the preservation of our Appalachian musical heritage and the continued growth of Old-Time, Bluegrass and traditional Country music"
Arts Alliance Mountain EmpireAppalachian organization of regional groups and individuals engaged in and/or actively supportive of the performing arts. AAME produces the widely-distributed and also downloadable A! monthly magazine of historic background and current event scheduling
Appalachia RisingInnovatively funky blend of traditional regional music, blues and rap by outstanding artists of The Rise Collective
Ben SolleeVideo performance collection for an incomparably unique and classic Appalachian musician
Birthplace of Country MusicBristol TN/VA's Smithsonian-affiliated site on-line and on the ground for the Mountain Empire's historic heritage of regional grassroots music and its innovator/practitioners
Blue Highways TVstreaming Music (Juke) Box, TV Show of old-time country music, on-line shop and recipes
Down Home -- Mountain Empire music icon Ed Snodderly's venerable and beloved venue for well-known and up-and-comin' musicians, check that site's alphabetized links section for websites -- bios, commentaries, travels, CDs, schedules -- of our best performing artists
Historic Jonesborough Dance SocietyNon-profit that holds, in addition to extra-special events, twice-monthly contra dances for beginners to pros with accompaniment of outstanding musicians regional and otherwise in appearance at the Visitors Center Auditorium
International Storytelling CenterJonesborough's famed and popular storytelling venue not only presents tellers but also outstanding musicians from around the world during its annual festival and through their teller-in-residence program to enthusiastically involved audiences locally and from around the globe
***Lightnin' Charlie******website background music*** is long-time blues musician/songwriter and regional gem performing solo, with wife Beth, and with The Upsetters, as heard on our airwaves, recorded, and "live" to the delight of audiences of all ages in an astounding variety of venues from main event tents to hospices for the elderly
Mountain Music Projectwith the incomparable multi-instrumentalist, Appalachian native Danny Knicely as Musical Director, MMP "encourages the preservation of traditional music in rural and underserved communities throughout the world"
Radio Gotricitiesvery cool homegrown music player featuring regional artists, includes genre selection or all, band index and weekly performance schedules, part of the Gotricities regional info and event site
Rites of RhythmAsheville NC's multi-talented and storied Jessie Lehmann, of Chix with Stix and The Boom Chix amongst other groups, with !background streaming!
Song of the Mountainsaward-winning "Keep the Music Alive" bluegrass concert series held monthly at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion VA with many shows videotaped for and aired by PBS affiliates nationwide. The non-profit organization also sponsors an annual three-day summer festival at Davis Valley Winery.
Symphony of the MountainsDeveloped over the past sixty-plus years and including a youth orchestra and Voices of the Mountains chorale, this organization draws from the best Mountain Empire musical talent to present outstanding classics and new works in memorable performance ensemble
Voice of the Blue Ridge RadioMount Airy, NC's WPAQ -- now with online streaming!! -- has been on the air since 1948 with the SAME FORMAT of all bluegrass and old time music covering everyone from the well-known to the unknown
WCSK fm broadcast by the Kingsport City Public School system via a transmitter at incomparable Bays Mountain Park, Lake, Planetarium and Wildlife Refuge, the signal, 90.3 on the radio dial, is clear for many miles although its excellent programming isn't yet carried also on-line
WNCW fm -- For two decades this outstanding NPR affiliate based at Isothermal Community College has broadcast Mountain Empire culture, the best of music and news, from Boone, Charlotte, Greenville and Wilkesboro North Carolina with ListenLive on-line streaming now as well as through traditional radiowaves
Worldwide Bluegrass"Best Bluegrass Music On Earth. Bluegrass Radio with Live Bluegrass Shows and Interviews"
ZOCI !!"Zombies of Commercial Interest," a subset of The SUBs ("Social Unconsciousness Brigade"), is a musical group still forming and represented through the "Real Fans of WETS fm" Facebook page
WETSfm, Tri-Cities TN public radio station, announces -- after over 30 years on air and with an audience of over a million regionally to date -- that, as of February 2010, it no longer broadcasts regional music, live and recorded, or musician interviews weekdays, just exclusively during a few weekend evening and early morning hours.
Two months later, Director Wayne Winkler conducts a public discussion with the remaining 248 fans of WETS concerning program changes and their effects on listenership and fundraising.
Eclectic24Santa Monica College, California NPR affiliate KCRWfm with news, cultural events and commentary, and 24/7 music streaming
Judaica Sound Archivesfrom Florida Atlantic University an extraordinary collection of Judaic music streamed on-line, includes search by composer, artist and song
National Public Radio Concert Serieslive performances from venues monumental to intimate across the globe streamed for hours and hours of listening enjoyment, sign up for "song of the day" e-mail also to keep up-to-date on the latest in musical artistry from all genre
*******Pandora Radio******high tech alternative plays only listen to the music you like and provides the peripheral and background info you wanna know too!
Pitchforkbased in Chicago IL with extensive sampling of many artists' recordings including the Mountain Empire's own Ben Sollee and his Appalachian Voices benefit tour with Yim Yames and Daniel Martin Moore
radiotime free on-line talk and music of a pretty incredible variety from resources around the world! This is a total gem.
***** Project Vibe *****Five-star streaming -- "The Soul of Internet Radio -- ProjectVibe is Music -- Music is Love -- Spread Love"
For an outstanding aural and visual trip down '60s music memory lane play YouTube George Harrison Mix
Mountain Empire blues musician/songwriter Eliza Lynn
performing during Music on the Lake, Blue Ridge Community College, Hendersonville NC
Fiddlin' Carson Peters in an award-winning performance at Laurel Bloomery TN
All cultures, including our own, have indigenous folk music -- which provides a window into their traditions, belief systems, values, relationships, and special talents and creativity. The video below exemplifies that for the rich Yiddish folk culture, which is also illuminated outstandingly and charmingly in the writings of Nobel prize-winnerIsaac Bashevis Singer.