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Music of Appalachia: The Sounds of the Smokies

Presented by Tennessee State Museum at Tennessee State Museum, Nashville TN

Nov 12 2022
Music of Appalachia: The Sounds of the Smokies

Mark Freed, instructor of Appalachian Music at Appalachian State University, presents a lecture and jam session on Appalachian music.

Mark Freed, instructor of Appalachian Music at Appalachian State University, presents a lecture on Appalachian music, with a particular ear towards the sounds of Tennessee. Topics will include music of the Cherokee, ballad singing, use of folk instruments, sacred sounds, blues, the early commercial radio and recording era, bluegrass, and songs of the coal fields. After the lecture, participants are invited to the Grand Hall, where Freed will lead an Appalachian jam session. Instruments will be available for hands-on demonstrations, but guests are invited to bring their own instruments as well!

Mark Freed works as Director of Cultural Resources for the Town of Boone and instructor of Appalachian Music at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Mark has taught courses on Appalachian Music at the university since 2002, served as guest editor for the special music edition of the Appalachian Journal, helped create the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s Traditional Artist Directory, and is the founding director of the Boonerang Music & Arts Festival. Mark is an award-winning banjo player and multi-instrumentalist, who loves to share his passion and enthusiasm for southern Appalachian musical traditions.

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1PM – 2PM: Lecture and Q&A
2PM – 2:15PM: Break
2:15PM – 3:30PM: Hands-on Demonstration and Appalachian Jam

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Tennessee State Museum

1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37208


Free parking is available in the parking lot which is located between the Museum and the Nashville Farmers’ Market. There is also free two-hour parking available along 6th and 7th Avenues. Because there are a limited number of these spots used by both Museum and Farmers' Market visitors, it is highly recommended that on the weekends, visitors seek alternate modes of transportation to visit the Museum. State of Tennessee parking lots are available Monday through Friday, after 5:30pm, or on weekends unless otherwise stated or reserved. Terms and conditions of use may vary according to the requested lot.

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