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Around Here: G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter

January 28 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

A Dark Road is a Hard Road to Travel: The Lives and Careers of G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter

G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter were one of the most influential musical duos in the history of traditional music, popularizing songs like “Little Maggie,” “Handsome Molly,” “Train 45,” and many others. Although their lives were both cut tragically short, their enduring legacy continues to resonate today. Their lives and music provide a fascinating insight into life in the Appalachian Mountains at the turn of the 20th century.

Josh Beckworth has lived his entire life in Ashe County, North Carolina, and he has devoted the majority of his adult life to the study of local music. He has written extensively on traditional bluegrass musicians in Ashe County and has recently published a book length study of Grayson and Whitter entitled Always Been A Rambler: G.B. Grayson and Henry Whitter, Country Music Pioneers of Southern Appalachia (McFarland, 2018).

Around Here talks are free of charge and all are welcome. Complimentary coffee and cookies will be provided. The event will be held in the Ramsey Center, which is located inside Renfro Library on the campus of Mars Hill University.

The Ramsey Center is a proud site on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.


January 28
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Ramsey Center
(828) 689-1115


Liston B. Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies
147 Bailey St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
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