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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

MUSIC, BARN, ROCKCASTLE COUNTY --Country Backroads

Last winter I passed this barn on HWY 25 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. The small white sign on the left hand side of the barn reads:

BLACK BARN
LIVE MUSIC
SAT. 7 PM

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About Country Backroad Posts --
I pass so many cultural remnants along my travels of backroads that I thought I would post the bits and pieces as stand alone posts -- for you to feel my southern cultural landscape and sometimes places beyond.

8 comments:

  1. Rockcastle County sure is familiar to me! Many of WT's ancestors hailed from that area.

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  2. What a great old barn!
    Good to see these buildings being reused :)

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  3. Willow -- I take it WT is your spouse? Or some family member? Anyway, glad to hear you can relate to Rockcastle County. Kentucky is beautiful if you ever want to visit.

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  4. Jayne -- Country music is very popular in this area -- one can find many places that are informally set-up (like in barns) so folks can come and hear the local talent. -- barbara

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  5. I imagine the place is hopping on Saturday nights. We have several well-attended local jams in our area.

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  6. Vicki-- These country music places are part of the folklife in the area. Thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  7. Hi Barbara, Thanks for visiting my blog... I hope you come back often. I am enjoying reading yours...

    I grew up in the mountains of Southwest VA (Big Stone Gap)--which is very similar to your area in KY. I have been to your area --mostly while searching for waterfalls... We've been to Corbin and to Berea--and other places.

    My Dad worked for the railroad ---and my hometown area was full of miners and hard-working Appalachian people.

    Come back to my blog anytime.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  8. Hi Betsy, You are a true Appalachian person. I have only lived in KY for three years -- I'm one of THOSE Northerns. I must say that the folks in KY are SO friendly! I love the fact that many traditions as well as early vernacular architecture still exists in the area. So your Dad worked on the railroad -- I did a post on a family that worked for the L and N railroad over five generations. I found out that railroad workers were a tight-knit group. My observations are that the folks in Appalachia are hard working people and what I call, "salt of the earth." I will be visiting your blog again and hopefully "ya all" will visit again.-- barbara

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