Chapters of this book are organized by each of the 27 Western North Carolina counties, and there are attractive sidebars with interviews, profiles, and short historical essays. For example the chapter on Wilkes County begins with a profile of the Merlefest and then features an African American musician, a duo of German natives, a local female performer, and a Wilkes County native who plays and makes instruments. It also includes features on legendary local characters immortalized by songs and features on two music museums. Fred Fussell lives in Columbus, Georgia, where he has worked as an exhibits curator, documentary photographer and arts programming consultant. Steve Kruger plays the fiddle and banjo. He lives in Giles County, Virginia, and is a PhD candidate in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. His special interest is in medicinal plants.
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, a 1918 “Second Edition, Revised and Updated,” of a 2013 release which was preceded by a 2003 book by Fussell alone entitled Blue Ridge Music Trails: Finding a Place in the Circle. 279 pages (five less than the last edition!) with a cd (with 6 more songs), color and black and white photographs, a map and an Index. Trade paperback, $22.00 (less expensive than either of the earlier editions!).