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Growing up in Appalachia and around its music has

made a great impact on my life. I can remember, as if

it were yesterday sitting on grandpa's front porch with

my family singing along with Hillbilly songs on the

radio. Along with entertaining the music eased the

tensions of living a meager existence in Appalachia.

By relating with these song writers and the stories in

there songs we somehow find our life less tedious and

more bearable. Most country and gospel Appalachian

song writers find the words to there songs in the day

to day experiences of there lives.

One of the most prominent and popular types of

music to come out of the Appalachian region is gospel

music. Writing about the religious experiences one

felt at the alter or the hope of seeing a lost family

member in the here after has been the subject of many

Appalachian gospel song.

Singers and song writers like

Tennessee Ernie Ford and Ernest Tub have left us with

joy in our harts and tears in our eyes. Singing and

listening to songs like The Old Rugged Cross has

carried over from generation to generation in


Another branch of Appalachian music that encircle

around religion is bluegrass. One of the best known

Bluegrass artists (Bill Monroe)Known also as the father

of bluegrass music, dedicated a portion of every

performance to a gospel bluegrass harmony number.

Bluegrass became popular in the region for a number of

reasons. Not the least of which was the inexpensiveness

of home made instruments.(Ergood and Kuhre 189) The

relatively small size made the instruments easily

transported from home to home.

The variance of topics in Appalachian music can

not be numbered. The subject of a song can be anything...