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Hazel Dickens, Fred Price, Clint Howard, Lois Short and others perform old time music in this program from the Archive’s Early Headwaters Television Collection, 1980-1984. Highlights include Lois Short on banjo and singing “John Henry”; Ballad singer Cas Wallen singing “Can’t You Hear Jerusalem Moan”; and Hazel Dickens performing “Scraps from Your Table”.
About the Early Headwaters Television Collection
In 1980 Appalshop launched a weekly television series on WKYH-TV, the local NBC affiliate in Hazard, Kentucky. The series title, Headwaters, was inspired by the many rivers that originate in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. A mixture of folk arts, local affairs and music, Headwaters programs documented regional artists, artisans, and musicians, and explored significant historical and cultural aspects of the region. Today Appalshop continues to distribute its documentary productions to PBS affiliates as Headwaters programming. The majority of programs in this collection were transferred from 3/4″ U-matic cassettes, with a few from 1″ open reel. Preservation was made possible with a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.