Historical Smokies Album Gets Grammy Nod
The Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music album has been nominated for a Grammy Award for best historical album. The CD is produced by the national park's nonprofit educational partner, Great Smoky Mountains Association. The album includes 34 historic songs originally recorded in 1939 by Joseph Hall. Hall recorded the songs when the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park forced hundreds of families to leave their mountain homes. His work was an effort to preserve the speech and music of the Smokies before the unique culture disappeared. In making the album, the association tracked down two of the original musicians who were still alive and 18 relatives of some of the other musicians. Many sent in photographs and anecdotes that became part of the CD's 40-page liner notes booklet.
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