musical lives, remembered in story & sound
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About the Project

The Introduction

"She was in her first heaven, playing music." 
                     -- Letha Sexton, about her old friend Lella Todd

Here, are the stories of six woman, stories told in living rooms, in kitchens, in parking lots: the recollections of old friends, daughters, sons, and sisters.

They played banjos and fiddles, they sang songs to those who listened, and for themselves. These are stories of rifles, and pies baked. Of dreams held back, and dreams realized. There are stories of faith, and stories of hard work.

Thanks To Berea!

This project was made possible by the Appalachian Music Fellowship at the Berea College Library & Special Collections.

(for more information about the grant, should you feel inspired to do research of your own, their website is HERE.)

There is, sometimes, a perception, that archives are where recordings and old photographs are stored & shut away, never to see the light of day, and never to be seen or heard by inquiring and eager musicians.