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Virginia Traditions from BRI Records/Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College

BRI Records/Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College Collection

These nine albums were originally issued between 1978 and 1988 as the Virginia Traditions series by BRI Records—a label operated by the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College. The recordings, made in various settings between the mid-1920s and the mid-1980s, range from African American work songs to Anglo American ballads to a cappella sacred music and stringband tunes. They illustrate the sounds of everyday life, reflecting lost and found loves, birth, death, work, play, and family; not to mention cyclones, floods, and train wrecks. These culturally significant recordings document the musical heritage found across Virginia that reaches back into the 18th century and presages the 21st century.

Smithsonian Folkways is proud to celebrate the centennial of Ferrum College (founded 1913 in Ferrum, Virginia) by making the series publicly available once more in contemporary media.

The Blue Ridge Institute Collection of Ferrum College presents one facet of the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum’s mission to document, interpret, present and preserve the folk heritage of the Blue Ridge region. The projects won the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and have garnered substantial recognition, including GRAMMY nominations.

Virginia Traditions: Ballads from British Tradition
Virginia Traditions: Western Piedmont Blues
Virginia Traditions: Western Piedmont Blues
Various Artists
BRI00003 (1981)
Virginia Traditions: Native Virginia Ballads and Songs
Virginia Traditions: Blue Ridge Piano Styles
Virginia Traditions: Blue Ridge Piano Styles
Various Artists
BRI00005 (1981)
Virginia Traditions: Tidewater Blues
Virginia Traditions: Tidewater Blues
Various Artists
BRI00006 (1982)
Virginia Traditions: Virginia Work Songs
Virginia Traditions: Virginia Work Songs
Various Artists
BRI00007 (1983)
Virginia Traditions: Southwest Virginia Blues
Virginia Traditions: Southwest Virginia Blues
Various Artists
BRI00008 (1988)
Virginia Traditions: Early Roanoke Country Radio
Virginia Traditions: Early Roanoke Country Radio
Various Artists
BRI00010 (1988)
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