Synopsis by Alice Day
The American Patchwork series is written, directed, produced, and hosted by Alan Lomax, and emphasizes the many influences upon the rhythms and harmonies of American music. The factors that shaped mountain music are heard in American Patchwork: Appalachian Journey as Native American, British, and Afro-American sounds contribute to a unique form of music first heard in the Smoky Mountains. Songs include the "Ballad of Tom Dooley," and performers include Stanley and Ray Hicks, Frank Profitt Jr., the Thomas Brothers, Raymond Fairchild, and Tommy Jarrell.
Appalachia, bluegrass-music, country-music, cultural-traditions, retrospective, roots-music