“I want my kids to hear these stories and know who they are.”

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Photograph by Lezlie Sterling; from the Sacramento Bee’s coverage of the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering By Matthew Fluharty A month ago, the Western Folklife Center hosted the…

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Emily Dickinson Responds to the Rise and Fall of Paramount Records box set

Monday, January 13, 2014

Commonplace Notebook, Matthew Fluharty On the eve of 2014, when all was calm at Art of the Rural headquarters, we received a communication from Emily Dickinson via our…

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From the Archives: Luk Thung and Thai Country Music

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Luk Thung is known to many as Thailand’s “Country Music”; it’s a vibrant and syncretic genre of pop song which aims to give voice to a disenfranchised rural population….

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Listening: Lambchop – "Nice Without Mercy"

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Kurt Wagner of Lambchop standing with his Beautillion Militaire 2000 series of paintings   The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut is so deep, so overwhelming, that for many of…

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Notes From The Field: The Hayloft Gang and Early American Radio

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The “Kentuckians” at a road show, 1936; The Hayloft Gang By Jennifer Joy Jameson, Notes From the Field series Editor If you’re hooked into some of the recent…

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Notes From The Field: “Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard” and the Don Wahle Collection

Monday, December 10, 2012

By Jennifer Joy Jameson, Notes From The Field series Editor The interesting part about any ethnographic study is putting the pieces together, stepping in and out of a…

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Weekly Feed: Rural America Contemporary Art, Poor Kids, The Changing Face of America

Monday, December 3, 2012

Each week we share selections from our Rural Arts and Culture Feed on Facebook and Twitter. What are we missing? Please drop us a line, and we’ll add…

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On Black Friday: Chain Store Blues

Friday, November 23, 2012

[Today we’re thankful to have the opportunity to offer this repost from Nathan Salsburg’s Root Hog or Die, an extraordinary radio show and music blog that we’ve written…

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Weekly Feed: El Teatro Campesino, Protecting The Reservation, Realities of Local Food, and more

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

 El Teatro Campesino Founder Luis Valdez Each week we present a compendium of links and perspectives offered daily on our Rural Arts and Culture Feed. We encourage folks…

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Weekly Feed: American Indian Heritage Month, Cross-Cultural Film, Preservation & Sustainability

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bruno Nanguka in Radio Tanzania’s archives; Jonathan Kalan, NPR By Rachel Beth Rudi, Digital Contributor • November is the 22nd annual American Indian Heritage Month! Follow Smithsonian Education…

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