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GSMNP: 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. Fourtunately fo 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 rcordings of 34 songs available to the public for the first time, including: "My Home is in the Smoky Mountain," John Henry," On Top of Old Smoky," Mule Skinner Blues," 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.
**Nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album**