Banks of the Ohio
Bluegrass music in Appalachia
Bluegrass music has long been a symbol of Appalachia and its people. Arising from a mix of Irish folk, English and Scottish ballads, western swing, southern gospel and blues, and old-time mountain music, bluegrass still thrives today in the hills around the Ohio River. The musicians presented here are not famous country stars, nor do they have aspirations to be famous. They are people for whom music is a natural part of their everyday lives. They play music purely for the joy of playing music. Many photographs were gathered in the homes of the musicians to showcase the lifestyles and cultural traits of the area and its musical people.
To view more photographs, see performance videos, hear field recordings, and read stories about these musicians, visit the multimedia website, Banks of the Ohio.