Mountain Swing

Luke and Herold Smathers

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Luke and Harold Smathers

Mountain swing musicians

Haywood County, NC

Haywood County brothers Luke and Harold Smathers blended the rhythms of traditional mountain dance music with the improvisations of blues and swing. Luke's creative fiddling and Harold's driving closed-chord guitar playing brought to life a diverse repertory of old-time string band, swing band, and early country music favorites. Their style is best described in their own words as "mountain swing."

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Stoney Creek Boys

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Stoney Creek Boys

Mountain music band

Buncombe County, NC

For over forty years, the Stoney Creek Boys have been ambassadors of mountain music. Bass player Boyd Black explains that their music is a mixture of "bluegrass, country, western swing, and mountain folk tunes, because people are all different, and we hope to do something that everyone will enjoy."

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Josh Goforth

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Mack Snoderly

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Arvil Freeman

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Laura Boosinger

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Arvil Freeman

Fiddler

Weaverville, NC (Buncombe County)

From the time of his first radio appearance, in 1950 at the age of fourteen, on Bristol's WCYB, Arvil Freeman has been a professional fiddler. He toured for a brief but prestigious stint with Reno and Smiley for six months in the 1960s, and since then has chosen to perform primarily in the Asheville area. Through his performing and teaching, he has made a significant contribution to the flourishing of traditional music in the North Carolina mountains.

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Mack Snoderly

Fiddler

Clyde, NC (Haywood County)

Dr. Mack Snoderly has been aptly described as a "fiddlers' fiddler." A native of East Tennessee, Mack moved to the North Carolina mountains after graduating from East Tennessee State University. In Mars Hill he pursued his career as a dentist. He also resumed a passion for traditional music.

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