Scholars have long pointed to the connection between old ballads sung in the British Isles and those sung in the mountains of western North Carolina. But it’s getting harder to find those who carry on the tradition. 91-year-old Mary Jane Queen is one such balladeer. She and her family are the subjects of a new documentary, “The Queen Family.” Host Frank Stasio speaks with Mary Jane Queen director Neal Hutcheson and executive producer Walt Wolfram. They discuss ballads, the mountains and North Carolina dialects. (59:00) APR radio Listen Here
note # these are my kinfolk out of Jackson County, NC
The movie "Song Catcher" is a great story about the music from Western North Carolina. It was filmed in Madison County, North Carolina , aka as "Bloody Madison". I'm not to fond of some of the scenes out of the movie but at least it was the Yankees who were portrayed as vile this time.