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Silent Ballad: Time Sings in the Cumberland Plateau

Silent Ballad: Time Sings in the Cumberland Plateau P hoto Essa y .................... Silent Ballad Time Sings in the Cumberland Plateau by Rachel Boillot Down in the valley, Valley so low Hang your head over Hear the wind blow Down in the valley, Walking between, Telling our story Here’s what it sings. —“Down in the Valley,” ballad collected by Carl Sandburg , The American Songbag (1927) Reflective, mysterious moments of pause punctuate portraits of musicians and artists in the Cumberland Plateau, highlighting the vacuum of time and space that separates these songs as they ring out in a rural, mountainous landscape. Old Time music traditions, faith, storytelling, and mortality all inform this portrait of place. These photographs were made along the serpentine mountain roads between Signal Mountain and Cumberland Gap, tracing the Cumberland Trail corridor in East Tennessee. They detail my own exploration of the region as I listened to its sounds and considered how they might translate to visual imagery. This journey began with a fellowship to work with the esteemed Bob Fulcher, who wears the hats of park ranger, folklorist, naturalist, and Old Time music specialist. After one summer working with Bobby as assistant producer at Sandrock Recordings, a el fi d recordings project of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Silent Ballad: Time Sings in the Cumberland Plateau

Southern Cultures , Volume 23 (4) – Jan 19, 2018

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © Center for the Study of the American South.
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1534-1488

Abstract

P hoto Essa y .................... Silent Ballad Time Sings in the Cumberland Plateau by Rachel Boillot Down in the valley, Valley so low Hang your head over Hear the wind blow Down in the valley, Walking between, Telling our story Here’s what it sings. —“Down in the Valley,” ballad collected by Carl Sandburg , The American Songbag (1927) Reflective, mysterious moments of pause punctuate portraits of musicians and artists in the Cumberland Plateau, highlighting the vacuum of time and space that separates these songs as they ring out in a rural, mountainous landscape. Old Time music traditions, faith, storytelling, and mortality all inform this portrait of place. These photographs were made along the serpentine mountain roads between Signal Mountain and Cumberland Gap, tracing the Cumberland Trail corridor in East Tennessee. They detail my own exploration of the region as I listened to its sounds and considered how they might translate to visual imagery. This journey began with a fellowship to work with the esteemed Bob Fulcher, who wears the hats of park ranger, folklorist, naturalist, and Old Time music specialist. After one summer working with Bobby as assistant producer at Sandrock Recordings, a el fi d recordings project of

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jan 19, 2018

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