By visiting the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s Traditional Artist Directory, you can learn more about the lives and careers of many of the remarkable musicians mentioned on this site. The Traditional Artist Directory is also the place to learn about the region’s outstanding craftspeople—quilters, carvers, potters, blacksmiths, and many others—and the men and women who are carrying on mountain heritage in such areas as storytelling, herbal medicine, and old ways of farming.
There are several ways to use the Traditional Artist Directory. Some may wish simply to browse all of the profiles, to get a sense of the wealth and variety of the area’s artistry. You can choose to read about artists who are active today, as well as legendary figures from earlier generations. You can search on particular terms, like names of places or people, or customize the category that you want to search on, such as Cherokee woodcarving, or shaped-note singing. You can even find out what artists are available for lessons, demonstrations, or performances.
Visit the Traditional Artist Directory to meet the artists of the Blue Ridge!