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GSMNP: old-time smoky mountain music
**Nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album**
OLD-TIME SMOKY MOUNTAIN MUSIC--In 1939 Joe Hall lugged some early recording equipment around the Great Smoky Mountains with the purpose of capturing the real music of the Smokies before it was changed forever. It was a tumultuous time when hundreds of families were leaving or had left their mountain farms to make way for the creation of the new national park. Fortunately for us he was able to capture an amazing variety of music: ballads from the British Isles, American ballads, gospel, folk, country, and blues. Here are recordings of 34 songs available to the public for the first time. They include: "My Home is in the Smoky Mountain, Sourwood Mountain, John Henry, Don't Forget Me Little Darling, On Top of Old Smoky, Mule Skinner Blues, Ground Hog, Up On Big Pigeon," and many more. Also included is a 40-page booklet with all song lyrics, historic photos, and authoritative essays on the history of mountain music. Available exclusively from Great Smoky Mountains Association.
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