The transformation of the banjo conveys its place in American history and music. And its legacy is kept alive at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, Virginia.
The singing of former Appalachian coal miner and preacher Frank Newsome exemplifies the oldest, English-language religious music passed down orally in America. And there’s a mountain range in Romania where coal mining communities share a lot in common with Appalachia.
Guests from With Good Reason’s past return to share some of their favorite holiday music.
This week we’re taking a closer look at death and the funeral industry, from the meaning of gravestones to the rise of African-American funeral homes.