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Dom Flemons joins Dolly Parton & others to celebrate the 'Great Smoky Mountains' National Park / Knoxville News Sentinel

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When the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was dedicated by president Franklin D. Roosevelt on Sept. 2, 1940, it was done so by the sacrifice of 700 families, 4,200 individuals, giving up the rights to land where they and their ancestors had lived. Prior to the park's formation, folk song researcher Joseph S. Hall had traveled through the Smoky Mountains documenting the traditional songs of the people who lived there.

In the image of the fiery phoenix's rebirth, Great Smoky Mountains Association will release its third album of traditional American music, this time featuring artists of today recreating songs performed by Smoky Mountain residents at the time of the development of a national park. With the help of Dolly Parton, Norman Blake, David Holt, The Brother Boys, Martin Simpson, Dom Flemons and others, "On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music" celebrates the people of the park and their music. British folk great Martin Simpson teams with Flemons on the classic outlaw ballad, John Hardy. On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-time Smoky Mountain Music is one of several National Park Service Centennial-recognition projects produced by GSMA this year

The former Carolina Chocolate Drops member who also founded - American Songster recently released -  'Prospect Hill' via Music Maker Relief Foundation. The album finds Flemons digging deeply into ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music, string band music, jug band music, fife and drum music, and ballads idioms with showmanship and humor, reintrepreting the music to suite 21st century audiences.

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