Appalachia is the region of the eastern United States of America surrounding the Appalachian Mountains, stretching from northern Alabama and Mississippi to southern New York. Traditional Appalachian music shows its roots in a unique mixture of immigrant sounds, including Celtic ballads, Christian gospel tunes, and African American working songs. In recent years Appalachian music has been greatly transformed by the popularity of modern bluegrass and country-western, but traditional playing styles are still kept alive by folk musicians with respect for the centuries-old musical traditions and history of the region. These classic recordings come from archival Folkways Records and Smithsonian Folkways reissues.
2013 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings