The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce its new exhibition "Virginia Roots Music: Creating and Conserving Tradition." The exhibition offers an engaging journey through Virginia's musical landscape, highlighting traditions from the jubilee-style gospel quartets of Tidewater, to the southwestern string bands, to the blues of the Piedmont. The audio station provides more than seventy songs and instrumentals from commercial recording companies, such as OKeh, Victor, and Bluebird, and from field recordings made for the Virginia Folk-Lore Society and the Library of Congress's Archive of American Song in the 1930s.
The next program for "Virginia Roots Music" is at noon, Thursday, August 8, 2002. Kip Lornell, lecturer of Africana Studies, American Studies, and Music at George Washington University, will discuss his field research on Virginia blues, gospel and country music. Support for the exhibition and programs was provided by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, The Bama Works Fund of the Dave Matthews Band, Dominion, and the Library of Virginia Foundation.
Virginia Roots Music will be on view through March 22, 2003. The Library of Virginia, located at 800 East Broad Street, is open Monday through Saturday, 9 to 5. For more information, please call 804-692-3592 or visit the Library of Virginia's web site.
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