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The Soulmasters

Jerry Wilson

The Soulmasters was a 1960’s interracial soul band from Danville, VA. Jerry Wilson and John Irby were the two African-American lead singers and the other band members were white. Jerry reflects on what it was like touring the South during the height of segregation.

7 mins

My Music, My War

Lis Gilman (Geroge Mason University)

No matter your background or where you’re from, we all have that one song that eases our troubles and soothes the soul. Lisa Gilman says this ability to escape through music was a lifeline for American troops during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

21 mins

Virginia’s Folklorist

Katy Clune (Virginia Humanities)

Meet Folklorist Katy Clune! Her passion for diverse folklife traditions stems from growing up all over the world as the child of a parent in the foreign service.

11 mins

Appalachian Folklore Archive

Grace Toney Edwards and Roicky Cox (Radford University)

Back in the early 1980’s, Grace Toney Edwards developed Radford University’s first Appalachian Folklore class and when she retired, Ricky Cox took over the class.  They reflect on some of their favorite student projects – which have all been digitized at Radford’s Appalachian Folklife Archive.

13 mins

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