edited by John Lilly
For over a quarter of a century, Goldenseal magazine has preserved and fostered West Virginia traditional culture, giving its readers intimate access to the lives and work of folk artists from around the state. This richly illustrated volume gathers for the first time the best of Goldenseal's insightful articles o the musical culture that thrives in West Virginia's remote mountains and hollers.
"A collection of profiles on some of West Virginia's premier traditional musicians... the twenty-five pieces are culled from twenty-five years - 100 issues - of Goldenseal... These are not brief bio capsules, but long, well-written pieces that take the time and care to delve into the history of the musicians as well as painting portraits of unique personalities and a way of life that is all but history... Throughout the book are fine portraits and photographs." - Michael Lipton, Graffiti Entertainment Guide & Mountain Stage musician
"From heavenly harmony to devilish fiddling, West Virginia's folk music is a treasure ... For the past 25 years, the story of West Virginia's traditional life has been deftly told in the pages of Goldenseal magazine. Now, the best of Goldenseal is gathered for the first time in [this] richly illustrated volume." - Williamson Daily News
"A wonderful compilation of articles on musicians taken from West Virginia's premier quarterly publication, Goldenseal, which focuses on traditional life and culture... Lilly has done a wonderful job selecting a core sample of music and musicians." - Sunday Gazette Mail
"Thanks to the efforts of Goldenseal editor, John Lilly, a musician himself, we are able to read, learn and ... remember folks who have touched many lives... This book is one of those reads that brings back memories, reminds us that beyond the music is a person who is just making it in the world like anyone else. This book is the living definition of folk music." - Bluegrass Unlimited
About the author:
John Lilly, editor of Goldenseal magazine, has promoted traditional music by performing, writing articles, producing recordings, organizing conferences, and co-founding the nonprofit project Old-Time Music on the Radio.