The double CD costs $17 plus $3 shipping and handling. Checks should be sent to “Folks Are Talking,” c/o Garret Mathews, 7954 Elna Kay Drive, Evansville, Indiana 47715.
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Eric Gettings did a great job recording the oral histories and music. I also don’t want to forget Wade Spees, a wonderful photographer now based in Charleston, S. C., who was on the road with me when we met some of these folks. We had a blast.
An early UMW organizer. Mine tragedy survivors. A bootlegger. Coal camp baseball players. A horse trader. A girl born during the deadly Appalachian flood of 1977. A female furrier who carves muskrats while eating peanut-butter sandwiches. Music. And more.
Some of these stories chronicle events that happened 60 or more years ago. It follows that most of these men and women who told them have been dead a long time. As Mathews says in the introduction, “You just don’t find these folks any more.”This CD project gives new life to these tales from a bygone era. Copies are being furnished to public and school libraries in southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia as well as to regional historians and colleges and universities that offer programs in Appalachian studies.