Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival

Banjo legend Lee Sexton performs at Seedtime on the Cumberland in celebration of June Appal’s 40th Anniversary

We’re pleased to promote Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival as the June feature on the Year of the Rural Arts Calendar of Events. Appalshop’s 28th Annual begins next Friday, June 6th at 4:00 PM. The festival will continue through Saturday night, with an evening performance from the Town Mountain String Band, followed by a special downtown edition of the historic Carcassonne Square Dance.

This year’s festival is shaping up to be an exciting weekend with a variety of musical performances, local food, Appalachian arts & crafts vendors, literary readings, workshops, film screenings, jam sessions and kids’ activities. Headliners for 2014 include J.D. Messer & Sanctified, Lee Sexton, Town Mountain, The Empty Bottle String Band, Si Kahn, Kentucky Wild Horse, and Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, among many others.


The 28th Annual Seedtime on the Cumberland poster

Seedtime 2014 will include a special celebration of the 40th anniversary of June Appal Records. Over four decades, June Appal’s eighty-six releases (and counting) of traditional and contemporary Appalachian music have included artists who are famous and artists scarcely known outside their own communities, solo performers and bands, unaccompanied singers, instrumental virtuosos, string bands, and “legendary” artists including 6 National Heritage Award winners. In celebration of this incredible legacy, Seedtime 2014 will feature a variety of special performances by June Appal recording artists, an exhibit featuring photos, videos and art from the record label’s 40 year history, and will mark the official public release of two newly available June Appal Recordings. Stay tuned for an ongoing series of featured June Appal content on Art of the Rural’s blog.


A 1978 June Appal Records release of Virginia old time string band Wry Straw

For a schedule of events and more detailed information, or for vending and sponsorship information please visit, email, or call the Appalshop during regular business hours at (606) 633 – 0108. Keep an eye out for Art of the Rural’s live social media coverage on June 7. We’ll be there along with 15-20 Louisvillians for the first iteration of the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange. We look forward to seeing you on the first weekend in June!