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Posts from the ‘Cities’ Category

Cabbagetown: A Mountain Village in the heart of Atlanta

By Niki King

The HillVille spent an afternoon roaming the streets of Atlanta’s Cabbagetown, a historically Appalachian community, talking to old-timers and newcomers alike about the mountain ways that have manifested here. What emerged was the story of a people and a place in transition and a musical tradition that will not die.   

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The HillVille on Keep Hearing Voices

By Niki King

The HillVille was recently honored to make an appearance on Marie Directions’ “Keep Hearing Voices” show on Crescent Hill Radio. Marie’s show, which airs every Saturday at noon, features music, stories and news highlighting Louisville’s communities. People may also recognize her as the incredible singer/songwriter, dulcimer and guitar player about town in bands like A Girl Named Earl. And, she recently started The Local Trickle, a resource for people involved in community projects.  We had a delightful conversation about the founding of The HillVille, urban Appalachia, what we’re doing here and hope to do in the future. If you missed it, no worries, tune in here. Go for the interview, stay for the great music. Read more

Hollow: Documenting West Virginia

The HillVille unabashedly loves stories, community building and especially innovative ways to use stories to build community. So when we saw Hollow, an interactive documentary about McDowell County, W.Va., on Kickstarter, we were intrigued. We caught up with project founder and ex-App Elaine McMillion earlier this week to get the scoop.

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Postcard from Appalachia: We’ll Be Back Soon

The HillVille has been on spring break and will return with lots of rad new content Thursday, April 12. In the words of famed Appalachian comedian and actor Robin Williams*, Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'”And well, we haven’t been partying in our brief hiatus, but we have been working on a bunch of stories that we are excited to roll out in coming weeks including book reviews, interviews, art criticism and city profiles. Read more

Oscar Parsons: City Boy with a Country Sound

By Niki King

In honor of our Roots ‘n Boots music issue, ex-App Oscar Parsons shares his story of how he got to be a fiddler in a bluegrass band in a flat, almost mid-western city miles away from his mountain south home.       Read more

Air Devil’s Inn on a Saturday Night: On Dive Bars and Bar Bands

By Beth Newberry

Photos by Jeremy Brooks and Darrell Mankin

Air Devil’s Inn is most alive on a summer night when the humidity is high, and the heat makes your clothes feel a little closer to your skin, a little heavier on your body. Air Devil’s Inn, or ADI to the regulars, is the first bar I found when I moved to Louisville. Read more

Love’em or Hate’em: Shelby Lee Adams’ Exhibit Heads to Louisville, Chicago

Matt Frassica of The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) published a preview today of  Appalachian photographer Shelby Lee Adams’ three-month exhibit at the Paul Paletti Gallery in Louisville, showing from March 1-May 31, and from May through June in Chicago. The prominent photographer is best known for his black and white environmental portraits of multi-generational Appalachian families living in isolated, rural areas. Described by some as documentary and others as Gothic and exploitative, most viewers and critics agree Adams’ body of work is compelling. Read more

Chatting with Scholar, Author Emily Satterwhite

By Niki King

We here at The HillVille can’t get enough of Emily Satterwhite’s thought-provoking book Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878, in which she examines how readers receive best-selling Appalachian fiction. We recently caught up with Satterwhite for a quick, follow-up conversation about the new release.  Read our review of the book here.

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Follow-up: “I Love Mountains Day” News Round Up

By Beth Newberry

Photo contributed by DL Duncan

Tuesday, Feb. 14, marked the annual I Love Mountains Day lobbying event, march and rally at the Kentucky State Capitol. Sponsored by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a state-wide citizens’ group focused on social change, the event drew between 1,000 and 1,300 attendees from within the state and from citizen and environmental groups in neighboring states. Read more

Dear Appalachia: New Book Explores Readers’ Reception of Appalachian Literature

By Niki King

Where do Appalachian stereotypes come from? It’s a question that gives rise to seemingly easy, immediate answers—movies, television shows and news media. Read more