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Blue Ridge Folklife (Folklife in the South) Kindle Edition

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An appreciation of the rich and distinctive folklife in one of the earliest settled regions in southern Appalachia

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  • File Size: 3331 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1578060230
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (February 1, 1998)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 1998
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002CZOWR8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
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Ted Olson is a poet, cultural historian, editor, and musician. The author or editor of numerous books, he has also published poems, creative nonfiction pieces, articles, essays, encyclopedia entries, reviews, and oral histories in literary and scholarly anthologies and periodicals. Two of Olson's books won the Appalachian Book of the Year Award from the Appalachian Writers Association, and a book he edited received the Thomas D. Clark Memorial Foundation Book of the Year Award. Webpages about his poetry can be found at and also at

Olson has produced and compiled several documentary recordings of traditional and popular music, and he has written liner notes for various CDs of American vernacular music. In 2010 Olson received the International Bluegrass Music Association's Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project Award. In 2011 he was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his work on the 5-CD box set The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang of Country Music (Bear Family Records); and in 2012 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for his work on Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music: 34 Historic Ballads, Songs, and Instrumentals Recorded in the Great Smoky Mountains by "Song Catcher" Joseph S. Hall (Great Smoky Mountains Association). He has also served as a producer and liner notes writer for other albums, including The Johnson City Sessions, 1928-1929: Can You Sing or Play Old-Time Music? (Bear Family Records, 2013); The Folk Box: 50th Anniversary Edition (Rhino Records, 2014); Carroll Best and The White Oak String Band: Old-Time Bluegrass from the Great Smoky Mountains, 1956 and 1959 (Great Smoky Mountains Association, 2014); Blind Alfred Reed, 1927-1929: The Blind Man's Song (Dust-to-Digital, 2015); and Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1949-1960 (Bear Family Records, 2015).

Olson teaches in the Department of Appalachian Studies and in the Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies Program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. In recent years he was the Editor of The Journal of Appalachian Studies, a publication sponsored by the Appalachian Studies Association, and he wrote monthly columns on American music for The Oxford American magazine and on poetry for Rapid River magazine. Currently, Olson serves as Book Series Editor for The Charles K. Wolfe Music Series (University of Tennessee Press). From 1999-2004 he directed ETSU's Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish Studies program, and in 2008 he was Fulbright Senior Scholar in American Studies at the University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 2001
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"BLUE RIDGE FOLKLIFE is a serious study of the area from northern Virginia and the West Virginia panhandle to northeast Georgia and northwest South Carolina. The book covers the area's history, folklore, and culture."--KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL, May 1998
BLUE RIDGE FOLKLIFE provides "a basic overview of some aspects of local traditional culture as practiced by some members . . . of the Blue Ridge's people."--THE MOUNTAIN TIMES (Boone, N.C.), August 1998
BLUE RIDGE FOLKLIFE is an "extremely valuable work."--THE ORANGE NEWSLETTER (Northern Ireland), April 1998
BLUE RIDGE FOLKLIFE "should appeal to nonspecialists"; author Ted Olson "devotes the heart of his very readable book to describing the verbal folklore, customary folklife, and material culture of the [Blue Ridge] region."--THE NORTH CAROLINA HISTORICAL REVIEW, October 1998
"Part history, part field guide, part travelogue, BLUE RIDGE FOLKLIFE is a fine introduction to the physical setting and folk culture of the storied region that makes up the southeastern extremities of the Appalachian Mountain range."--THE JOURNAL OF MISSISSIPPI HISTORY, 1999
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By Lora Ci on January 7, 2015
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First half of book is a great history of the region and people.
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