Southern Muse home

Nostalgia (Music and Old Video Clips)

Nostalgic videos of old folk and country music: It used to be that you could take the man out of the mountain, but you couldn't take the mountain out of the man. In the Appalachian mountains, the pull was especially strong. Maybe that's because Appalachia was isolated for so long. That is no longer true, but even so, I think my blood runs cobalt blue! One thing that helped form the character of the Appalachian mountains was the love of music. This Nostalgia playlist will give a little taste of the flavor of Appalachia. Not all the tunes are Appalachian. They seem a part of the sense of Appalachia, though. Some of the old European folk tunes are meant to convey influences. The bluegrass and sacred harp are woven into the fabric of Appalachia. The classic country and rock and roll came out of Appalachia. Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Chet Atkins, and Johnny and June Carter Cash embody the heart and soul of Appalachia. Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis came from the stark poverty of the hills into fame. Johnny and Jack and Loretta Lynn will give you an idea of the dialect and Appalachian accents. Homer and Jethro, Minnie Pearl, The Beverly Hillbillies and the Darlings (from Andy Griffith) are part of the hillbilly persona. They represent the humor (some of it corny) that helps shape the idea of Appalachia. Most of these sounds and images are nostalgic, southern, funny, or just plain corny. The music ranges from sacred harp to folk to old classic country to bluegrass. For Southern Muse, these hand-picked tunes evoke a strong sense of nostalgia. I hope you enjoy them.