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Industrial Strength BluegrassSouthwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy$
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Fred Bartenstein and Curtis W. Ellison

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043642

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043642.001.0001

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Bluegrass Music and Urban Appalachian Identity in Cincinnati

Bluegrass Music and Urban Appalachian Identity in Cincinnati

(p.158) 10. Bluegrass Music and Urban Appalachian Identity in Cincinnati
Industrial Strength Bluegrass

Nathan McGee

University of Illinois Press

Neighborhood cultural and political development in 1960s and 1970s Cincinnati coalesced around music, a positive expression of urban Appalachian culture. United Appalachian Cincinnati embraced folk-revival bluegrass and established new advocacy. Mike Maloney, Ernie Mynatt, and Stuart Faber helped Appalachians receive federal money via agencies addressing urban issues. Main Street Bible Center, Appalachian Identity Center, and the Appalachian Heritage Room were early manifestations. The Urban Appalachian Council emerged in 1974. Earl Taylor was lionized as the “authentic bluegrass musician. After 1960, musicians honed their skills to his music at Ken-Mill Café. In the early 1970s the Katie Laur Band played in schools. Cincinnati’s Appalachian Festival—begun in 1970—highlighted positive aspects of mountain culture, including music and crafts.

Keywords:   Urban Appalachians, Mike Maloney, Ernie Mynatt, Stuart Faber, Appalachian Identity Center, Urban Appalachian Council, Earl Taylor, Katie Laur Band, Cincinnati Appalachian Festival

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