The role of institutions in Appalachian life
is made vivid in poems such as Jeff Daniel Marion's gentle "Song for Wood's Barbeque Shack in McKenzie, Tennessee" and Kathryn Stripling Byer's "Precious Little," a damning indictment of the masculine assumption of dominance in the world of the literary elite.
The fruit of his efforts are contained in this collection of 85 portraits of fiddlers, storytellers, wood carvers, basket makers, banjo pickers, singers, and others who have kept traditional crafts and music a vital part of Appalachian life
Still, Brant insists he's "not exposing" small-town Appalachian life
Jones (1999) writes that "No aspect of Appalachian life
is as misconstrued and misrepresented as that of religion" (P.
Founded by John Rice Irwin in 1969, it's been developed in a remarkably organic and heartfelt manner from one man's collection and love for the people, the place, the music and the traditions of Appalachian life