‘On Top of Old Smoky’ is educational and fun

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“On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music,” Various Artists (www.SmokiesInformation.org)

When the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was dedicated by president Franklin D. Roosevelt on Sept. 2, 1940, it was done so by the sacrifice of 700 families, 4,200 individuals, giving up the rights to land where they and their ancestors had lived. Prior to the park’s formation, folk song researcher Joseph S. Hall had traveled through the Smoky Mountains documenting the traditional songs of the people who lived there. With the help of Dolly Parton, Norman Blake, David Holt, The Brother Boys, Martin Simpson and Dom Flemons and other folk music greats, “On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music” attempts to celebrate both the people of the park and their music. Read more here.

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