North Carolina, Professor, Appalachian Studies discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts


Now joining me now from asheville north carolina is ted olson he's a music historian and professor of appalachian studies at east tennessee state university he's produced and written liner notes for many documentary albums of appalachian music the latest album he produced big ben killing the appalachian ballot tradition is nominated for a grammy for best album notes ted welcomed on point glad to be here john thank you uh ted first of all let me establish my kinship with you uh geographically i've got family in asheville and wayne's ville spent a lot of time uh at lake journalists co uh which you may be familiar with nearby there um and i i guess i'd want to start by asking you how you got into the area of specialisation that you did how how did appalachian ballads become your thing well i grew up during the appalachian uh kind of full revival which was kinda sub said of the american folk music urban revival in the '60s and '70s and i actually grew up in washington d c where a lot of ex pat appalachian people had relocated and i met a number of appalachian musicians such as soda hazel dickins send john jackson and some others and these folks saying appalachian music and ballots were the shall we say the johner of music that they kept alive in their lives that can that i connected with because those ballots told ageold stories that i felt were quite timeless in universal and so though i use a coal drew their music pulled me here exactly and as an educator i feel that so our wonderful teaching opportunity to younger generations to learn about a history and culture and values sin and such so ballads are timeless are you yourself a musician imi performed over the years in a number of venues around the united states and quite heavily round appalachian iaaf for a number of years was one of the few singer is i suppose at some of the blue grass festivals that i've performed who specialized in ballots.

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