My Mom was a coal miner's daughter. She grew up in Big Willard Holler.
Family tales grow tall these days -- the story now is that Mom and Jean were the same age; that they were 'best friends,' and so the legends grow.
Mom was born in a coal mining camp. She had four sisters, but she never told me she knew Jean Ritchie. That is the kind of lore that is borne of late night opiates.
At any rate, Jean Ritchie loves the mountains and respects the hilltops -- check out her family's tribute to her lifetime of music this Monday at WoodSongs!
WOODSONGS and TROUBADOUR Newsletter:
a) Monday Aug 25 Tribute broadcast to JEAN RITCHIE
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This MONDAY AUGUST 25
Tribute Broadcast to Jean Ritchie
Tickets just $10 ... FREE for WoodSongs Partners
Compass Records has released a new, multi-artist celebrating the songs of Jean Ritchie ... and many of those artists are coming to WoodSongs. CD Artists performing will be Jean Ritchie's son Jon Pickow, Ruth and Raymond McLain, Dan Schatz, Alice and Al White, the Ritchie neices ... plus a young 11-year old girl singing "Cool of the Day"
Children come on stage after the broadcast!
Show details at woodsongs.com
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