Music History

W.Va. Campground Preserving Appalachian-Born Style Of Sacred Music That Is Quickly Being Forgotten

There’s a place in southern West Virginia that many consider holy ground. For nearly 70 years, gospel music fans have gathered on this mountaintop just south of Summersville Lake for weekend concerts featuring singers from all over West Virginia and its surrounding states. This is the annual West Virginia Mountain State […]

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Ken Burns’s ‘Country Music’ Does Little to Tell the Story of the Non-White, Non-Straight World of Country

When rumors began circulating among the community of country music scholars that famed documentarian Ken Burns was turning his attention toward country music, I had mixed feelings.  To be sure, such a national platform for the telling of the genre’s history would provide an opportunity for a national— and even […]

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