Brasstown Is a Hotbed for Mountain Music

Brasstown Is a Hotbed for Mountain Music


Episode Description

Brasstown, in the far southwest corner of North Carolina, is home to the John C. Campbell Folk School founded in 1925. Its founder Olive Dame Campbell collected the music of the region, including ballads and fiddle tunes.  Today, people from all over the world travel to the Folk School to begin their day with Morningsong, and attend classes in everything from mandolin playing to blacksmithing. Evening entertainment includes southern mountain square dance, jams, and concerts throughout the week.

The Podcast

The "Down the Road on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina" podcast highlights bluegrass and old-time music stories, performers, and traditions across the mountain and foothills counties of Western North Carolina. Hosted by Laura Boosinger and produced by Kim Clark of WNCW-FM, the podcast is a joint effort of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the North Carolina Arts CouncilWNCW-FM, and the American roots music journal No Depression.

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