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<em>Smoky Mountain Magic</em>

Smoky Mountain Magic

SMOKY MOUNTAIN MAGIC--Horace Kephart's fictional adventure set in the Deep Creek watershed, Cherokee Indian Reservation, and Bryson City in the summer of 1925. Written in 1929 and never before published. The original manuscript was passed down for 3 generations recently surfaced during the park's 75th anniversary celebration. "What better topic than a journey into a forbidden realm, complete with witches, robber barons, noble savages and a winsome lady, all wrapped in a cloak of mystery and myth?" asks reviewer Gary Carden. Kephart is featured in Ken Burn's PBS series on our national parks. He is the author of "Our Southern Highlanders", "Cherokees of the Smokies", and "Camping and Woodcraft". Available in hardcover and softcover. Read More >


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Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music CD

It's the Real Deal, It's a Hit, and We Just Got Nominated for a Grammy!  

Click here to download Revised and Updated LINER NOTES for the Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music CD
Click here to listen to Clips from 12 tracks of the CD
Click here to read Reviews of the Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music CD
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34 historic songs, ballads, and instrumentals recorded in the Great Smoky Mountains by “Song Catcher” Joseph S. Hall.

In 1939 a young man by the name of Joseph S. 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. There was lots of music in the hills and hollows in those days: ballads, blues, folk, gospel, and country.


Click here to see the CD in the Park's Official Online Store.

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.

To read an article from Smokies Life magazine about Joe Hall, click here.

Available exclusively from Great Smoky Mountains Association where all purchases benefit the park.

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Click here to find out where to join a real live Old Time Smoky Mountain Music Jam!