Great Smoky Mountains Association CD up for a Grammy

I thought it was a joke.

I knew that Great Smoky Mountains Association put out quality products – its books, trail guides, and DVDs. But nominated for a Grammy? Look at the Best Historical Album category.

Yep, along with Taylor Swift and LL Cool J, the Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music has been nominated. Now that’s cool. You can only get it through Great Smoky Mountains Association so get it fast before the general public mobs the Visitor Center. Here’s the link.

This is what the Association web site says about the CD. But now of course, it will add “nominated for a 2013 Grammy”.

OLD-TIME SMOKY MOUNTAIN MUSIC–In 1939 Joe Hall lugged some early recording equipment around the Great Smoky Mountains with the purpose of capturing the real music of the Smokies before it was changed forever. It was a tunultuous time when hundreds of families were leaving or had left their mountain farms to make way for the creation of the new national park. Fortunately for us he was able to capture an amazing variety of music: ballads from the British Isles, American ballads, gospel, folk, country, and blues. Here are recordings of 34 songs available to the public for the first time. They include: “My Home is in the Smoky Mountain, Sourwood Mountain, John Henry, Don’t Forget Me Little Darling, On Top of Old Smoky, Mule Skinner Blues, Ground Hog, Up On Big Pigeon,” and many more. Also included is a 40-page booklet with all song lyrics, historic photos, and authoritative essays on the history of mountain music. Available exclusively from Great Smoky Mountains Association

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