2014 Weatherford Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 Weatherford Award winners, which were announced on Friday, March 27th at the annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference. The award is given by ASA and Berea College in recognition of books that “best illuminate the challenges, personalities, and unique qualities of the Appalachian South.” Fiction: Marie Manilla, The…

Rhiannon Giddens’s New Album

Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops recently debuted her solo album Tomorrow is My Turn. The Carolina Chocolate Drops is an old-time string band from Durham, North Carolina. Their 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig, won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, and…

“Pain Pills” by Angaleena Presley

Eastern Kentucky native Angaleena Presley‘s debut solo album, American Middle Class, was released in 2014 to widespread praise, following a career of songwriting and hit-making with country supergroup The Pistol Annies. Here’s a twangy track titled “Pain Pills.”