I want to give Appalachia some much deserved props, we have legal moonshine now, and apparently we are the birthplace of Country Music as well.
"A museum celebrating 10 days in 1927 that helped introduce the mountain music of Appalachia to mainstream America opened in Virginia on Friday. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum tells the story of record producer Ralph Peer, who offered $50 to "hillbilly" musicians willing to come to a makeshift studio in Bristol, Tennessee, and play into his modern microphone."
"The museum's exhibits trace the origins of hillbilly music through the fields, the train tracks and the churches of the Appalachian Mountains. Most of the story is told through song lyrics, although interviews with some of the original old-time music artists also help describe the poverty and the natural environs that helped shaped the sound."
"Bristol, which straddles Tennessee and Virginia, is recognized by both states and by the U.S. Congress as the “Birthplace of Country Music." I am a huge fan of music, most genres at least. The fact that Appalachian music has played such a crucial role in the history of country music is something to be proud of, and hopefully it will continue to be as influential in the future as well.
Referenced from Global Post.