Music of Watauga County: A Guide to the Music and Musicians of Watauga County, North Carolina

Scope: 

The purpose of this pathfinder is to help locate relevant material for the study of music and musicians in Watauga County, North Carolina. Because musicians are rarely centered in one central location some of the information extends into surrounding communities. This pathfinder is also helpful in the location of musical venues and musical recordings.

Introductory Text: 

McGee, Marty. Traditional Musicians of the Central Blue Ridge: Old Time, Early Country, Folk and Bluegrass Label Recording Artists, with Discographies. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2000. ASU APP COLL STACK ML 106. U4 B66.

Fussell, Fred C. Blue Ridge Music Trails. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 2003. ASU APP COLL STACK ML 3551.7 B58 F8 2003.

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 

Highly relevant:

  • Music-North Carolina-Watauga County
  • Old Time Music-North Carolina-Watauga County
  • Musicians-North Carolina-Watauga County
  • Folk Music-Watauga County
  • Music-Watauga County           

Also relevant:

  • Folk Music-North Carolina-Watauga County
  • Bluegrass Music-North Carolina-Watauga County
  • Bluegrass-North Carolina
  • Musicians-Watauga County
  • Musicians-North Carolina-Watauga County
  • Music-Appalachian Region-Watauga County           

More General:

  • Old Time Music-Appalachian Region-Southern
  • Bluegrass Music-Appalachian Region-Southern
  • Folk Music-Appalachian Region-Southern          
Clipping Files Subject Headings - W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection: 
  • Watauga County, NC
  • Watson, Arthel “Doc” and Merle
  • Music-Banjo Music-Dulcimer Music-Fiddle Music-Guitar Music-Instruments-General Musicians-Appalachia
  • Folk Music
  • Merle Fest
  • ASU-Music Department
  • Fiddlers’ conventions and music festivals
  • Ballads
Library of Congress Call Numbers: 
  • ML 1
  • ML 106
  • ML 1629
  • ML 3520
  • ML 3551
  • ML 3561
Books: 

McGee, Marty.Traditional Musicians of the Central Blue Ridge: Old Time, Early Country, Folk and Bluegrass Label Artists, with Discographies. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2000. ASU APP COLL STACK ML 106. U4 B66.

Fussell, Fred C. Blue Ridge Music Trails. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 2003. ASU APP COLL STACK ML 3551.7 B58 F8 2003.

Koon, William Henry. Folk Songs of Watauga. Phd Dissertation, University of Georgia.  Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms International, 1979. ASU APP COLL STACK ML 3561.f64 k6 1979.

Watson, Doc. The Songs of Doc Watson. New York: Oak Publications, 1971. ASU APP COLL STACK M1629.W285 S6.

Goldsmith, Thomas. The Bluegrass Reader. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2004. See pp. 14, 15, 20, 24, 137, 177, 216, 221, 222, 224, 321.  ASU APP COLL STACK ML3520.B54 2004.

Rosenberg, Neil. Bluegrass: A History. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1993. See pp. 171, 181, 186, 192-93, 267, 283, 284, 298, 309, 316, 317, 340. ASU APP COLL STACK ML3520.R67 1993.

Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 

Abramson, Ruby & Jean Haskell, coeditors. Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press, 2006. See “Doc Watson” p. 1219, by Roy Andrade. See also “Music in Appalachia” pp. 1109-1115, by Ted Olson. ASU APP COLL STACK F106.E53 2006

McCloud, Barry, with Ivan M. Tribe. Definitive Country: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Country Music and Its Performers . New York, New York: Berkley Pub. Group, 1995. See “Doc Watson,” pp. 849-850.  ASU APP COLL STACK ML 102. C7 M33.

Erlewine, Michael, ed., et al. All Music Guide to Country: The Experts' Guide to the Best Recordings in Country Music . San Francisco, California: Miller Freeman, 1997. See “Doc Watson,” p. 494. ASU APP COLL STACK ML 156.4. C7 A45.

Thompson, Jim. Geneologies to Northwest North Carolina Musicians. Boone, North Carolina: Thompson 1994. A good recourse for genealogy research of Watauga County musicians. ASU APP COLL STACK F261. T55 1994.

Bibliographies: 

Munn, Robert F. The Southern Appalachians: A Bibliography and Guide to Studies. Morgantown, West Virginia: West Virginia University Library, 1961. ASU APP COLLECTION STACK Z1251.A7 M8 1961.

­­______. Appalachian Bibliography, 1980. Morgantown, West Virginia: West Virginia University Library, 1980. ASU APP COLLECTION STACK Z1251.A7 A6 1980.

Wise, Suzanne. Finding out About Watauga: A Guide to Sources of Information about Watauga County, North Carolina. Boone, North Carolina: Center for Appalachian Studies, Appalachian State University, 1984. ASU APP COLLECTION STACK Z1320.W38 W58.

Ross, Charlotte T, coeditor. Bibliography of Southern Appalachia. Boone, North Carolina: Appalachian Consortium, 1976. ASU APP COLLECTION OVSZ Z1251.A7 B5x.

Kilby, Patricia L. Music from the Lost Provinces: A Guide to Traditional Music in Ashe County, North Carolina, Grayson County, Virginia, and the Surrounding Area. 1 December, 2001. Pathfinder and bibliography helpful in locating sources of information about music in Watauga county and surrounding areas. Pathfinder available at http://www.library.appstate.edu/appcoll/research_aids. Bibliography available in “Bibliography” notebooks (uncatalogued), ASU APP COLL STACKS.

Abstracts and Indices: 

Internation Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP). Available at Appalachian State University Website. http://www.library.appstate.edu/vdb/by_subject/subject_g?search_subject=...
MLA Bibliography. Available at Appalachian State University Website. http://www.library.appstate.edu/vdb/by_subject/subject_g?search_subject=...
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature. Available at Appalachian State University Website. http://www.library.appstate.edu/vdb/by_subject/subject_g?search_subject=...

Journals: 

Bluegrass Unlimited . Monthly publication. 1967-present. ASU APP COLL STACK ML1. B68.
The Devil's Box . Quarterly publication. Vol. 10, 1976-Spring 1999. ASU APP COLL STACK ML1. D325.
Old-Time Herald . Monthly publication. 1987-present. ASU APP COLL STACK ML1. O35.
Old Time Music . Quarterly publication. 1971-1989. ASU APP COLL STACK ML1. O53.
Pickin.' Monthly publication. Vol. 2, 1975-Vol. 6, 1979. ASU APP COLL STACK ML1. P43.

Audio and Video Sources: 

Conway, Cece & Elva Bishop. Born A-Dancin’ and Makin’ Music: Ora Mae Watson of Isaacs Branch.  S.I.: Conway and Bishop, 1995. ASU APP COLL VIDEO VC# 500.

It Still Lives: Old Time Blue Ridge Mountain Music by Traditional Instrument Makers. Rabun Gap, Georgia: Foxfire records, 1980. A good introduction to Traditional Music in Watauga County. ASU APP COLL REC ML3545.A317 Rec #455.

The Appalachian Way. Boone, North Carolina: Center for Appalachian Studies 1991. Hours of Appalachian Sound Recordings. ASU APP COLL TAPES Tape 579 no. 101-110.

Watson, Doc & Merle Watson. Ballads from Deep Gap. A Good Collection of Ballads From Deep Gap, North Carolina. Santa Monica, California: Vanguard Records, 1971. ASU APP COLL REC ML3545.A317 Rec. #389.

The Watson Family Tradition. London, England: Topic, 1977. A good introduction to Watson Family Music. ASU APP COLL REC ML3545.A317 Rec. #354.

Compiled by: 

Compiler: Zach Fulbright, 7 December 2007