I’ve Endured: Women in Old-Time Music

Our very own, Carol Rifkin, is included in this new exhibit I’ve Endured: Women in Old-Time Music at the Birthplace of County Music Museum in Bristol, VA.

New Special Exhibit! I’ve Endured: Women in Old-Time Music

March 23 – December 31

Design Graphic for the exhibit.

New Special Exhibit Coming Soon!

March 23 – December 31, 2023

Location: Special Exhibits Gallery, Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Old-time music is described and experienced in different ways and for different purposes, but at its heart, old-time is mountain folk music with strong ties to Appalachia and the diverse peoples who have called it home. While old-time music has primarily been related to “hillbilly music” and its roots and branches can be found in the development of country and bluegrass, it is one of the melting pots of American culture, connecting to multiple genres, influences, and instruments.

Women have always been central to old-time music – in the home and on the stage, and as instrumentalists and singers, preservationists, activists, promoters, and cultural memory keepers. I’ve Endured: Women in Old-Time Music highlights the many women who have been integral to this music, exploring the challenges they’ve faced making a career in the field, the ways they have impacted the genre, and their vision for the future of old-time. Join us to see, hear, and experience their stories!

Entry included in full museum admission.

For more information, visit: Birthplace of Country Music

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The French Broad Valley Music Association (FBVMA) is 501 C-3 nonprofit association that promotes old-timey mountain music in the French Broad Valley of Western North Carolina. Our mission is to celebrate our musical heritage and to help build community through musical entertainment, community participation, and education of future generations. 


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