Description: Alan Lomax, Ray Fairchild, and Ray's father-in-law Cass McGaha discuss the Carter Family and Wade Mainer; the Cherokees and Indian heritage; moonshining and alcoholism; and life, music, and identity in the mountains. Shot at Maggie Valley, N.C., September 1982.
About the session: Cloggers and buck dancers; bluegrass and string bands; white gospel groups; stories, folktales, and ballads from coal miners, tobacco farmers, and former bootleggers, filmed in Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Performers include Ray Hicks, Nimrod Workman, Tommy Jarrell, and Raymond Fairchild, the man reputed to be the fastest banjo player in the world.
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