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04-13-2015, 10:32
I suppose there is bound to be music about the AT or places along the trail. I know "Shenandoah", of course. Are there others?

04-13-2015, 10:34
Appalachian Rain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ7o1NTfack

Ground Control
04-13-2015, 10:44
Listen to Larry Keel - many consider him to be the greatest living flat-picker :eek:


lots of good stuff out there. Robert Earl Keen, Acoustic Syndicate... Southern Appalachian bluegrass is the source.


04-13-2015, 10:50
I have always tended to associate these two songs with the AT --



Ground Control
04-13-2015, 10:54
Prior to becoming a rock-star, Jerry Garcia was an acclaimed banjo player in the Bay Area of CA. On a whim, he decided he was going to join Doc Watson's band. He hopped in a car with a buddy and drove all the way to the NC to find and meet Doc Watson. Eventually, he ended up at a wedding where Doc Watson was playing and stood across the room, watching, listening, and realizing how silly his plan was. What was he going to do, walk up to the Doc and say, "I'm your new banjo player." ?

Realizing they wouldn't be joining Doc's band, they acquired back seat full of reel-to-reels analogs of classic bluegrass and old-timey standards, hit Route 66 and drove all the way back to Cali. Although the initial plan had been scrapped, the treasure-trove of bluegrass was a fine consolation prize. While not often performed with the Grateful Dead, Jerry's side projects and solo recordings all bear the hallmark of this genre of inspiration.

"Upon the Blue Ridge Mountain,
that's where I'll take my stand..."


Sarcasm the elf
04-13-2015, 11:50
Check out the Okee Dokee brothers, they produced an entire album inspired the the A.T. And the local people that they met.


04-13-2015, 15:24
Not much. I've missed some southern fiddle performances by a day or two. Never in the right place/right time.
You'll find some on a whim. We heard a beautiful Celtic flute tune coming through the trees near a shelter in Maine. That's probably the most memorable.

04-13-2015, 18:56
Walkin' Jim Stoltz, rest his soul, had a song about the AT on his "Long Trails" album (http://www.walkinjim.com/index.php?pr=The_Long_Trails_CD).

04-13-2015, 19:49
Add "New Virginia" Old Crow Medicine Show to the above Old Crow Songs.

Also, don't forget the most played AT Song of all..... waiting...waiting....ready? "Rocky Top"!

It's good to be a Tennessee Vols!

04-13-2015, 20:16
"Rocky Top"!
+1, have the Osborne Brothers version on my phone

Hard for many of us to listen to the first 8 words of Hungry Heart without thinking about the AT.

04-13-2015, 20:27
e[QUOTE=couscous;1963330]+1, have the Osborne Brothers version on my phone

That's the only version I own other than the actual Tn Marching Band Version. Osborne Brothers does make it more AT Feel vs. a Fight Song feel.

What's another Buckeye doing with the Vols Song on his Phone! lol I woulld have it too, but I am partial to Thunderstruck to go along with gbolt.

So I don't side track the thread, I would also suggest Blue Ridge Mountain by Alan Jackson.

04-13-2015, 20:40
Last June at Grayson Highlands we took in the annual Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival, a pretty big deal in those parts with some of the finest flat pickers doin their thang there at the amphitheater. Most of the music had an Appalachian air. Vince Gill did an acoustic set, too - no fancy fgets' ork, just him strummin' and singin'. Check out the Crooked Road Festival, lots of music in Virginia. We went to several small venues in SW VA and really enjoyed it.

Crazy Larry #1
04-14-2015, 06:37
You ask for music of the Appalachian Trail? Takoma Tedd has quite a few songs out and he is currently in for the summer here in Damascus. Here is a link to his site........http://takomatedd.com/

He even has a song bout Miss Jane I believe....

His album "Songs Of The Blue Ridge Runner" are songs he put together from Earl Shaffer's writings........

04-14-2015, 08:54

No Directions
04-14-2015, 08:58
Smokey Mountain Rain by Ronnie Milsap.

04-14-2015, 13:32
I heard this Old Crow Medicine Show song when driving near Lake Watauga.


My hometown is a half mile down... (warning, if you subsequently hike near Lake Watauga, you WILL have this song going through your head...)

04-14-2015, 16:32
They have live bluegrass in Marion Va on Sat nites. Also, there was live music in the Blue Blaze in Damascus when I went thru there. Heard live music in the Iron Horse Inn in Hot Springs.

04-14-2015, 19:01
Record store days This Saturday 4/18/15

if your hiking, type in the zipcode or your location to see who is participating, often they will have events, bands, give-a-ways, and selling limited edition releases...it's a good time.


04-16-2015, 13:00
Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll get to the AT one day.

05-06-2016, 12:26
Nice to see someone appreciating Walkin' Jim. I have several of his CDs, and his book "Walking With the Wild Wind" inspired me to start section hiking. I never met him, unfortunately, but he seemed pretty special.

05-06-2016, 13:13
Another vote for "Walkin Jim" Stoltz. His heart and soul was intertwined with Nature and as a well experienced backpacker. He got it!

05-07-2016, 23:19
While not about the AT, Eddie Vedder into the wild sound track has some good tunes that inspire wilderness treks...

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05-07-2016, 23:38
I will echo the recommendation for Walkin' Jim. Had the pleasure to meet him a few times, the last when I was a volunteer at one of his concerts in Ann Arbor. Have most of his albums and still get occasional email updates from Wild Wind Music, his company that is now being run by his family. Plenty of great hiking oriented music in his collections. Walkin' Jim was also a very accomplished photographer and his concerts normally included fantastic visual presentations as well. His sister also had a beautiful voice and would accompany him at times.

Walkin' Jim was another dedicated hiker who left us way too young. Here is a link to his song "Appalachian Trail".


Also, "Morning In The Mountains":


And for a sense of his concerts:


05-08-2016, 06:21
"Don't let Smokey Mountain Smoke Get In Your Eyes" If you do………I'm telling' you


05-08-2016, 06:36
There were days
and there were days
and there were days I know
when all we ever wanted
was to learn and love and grow
Once we grew into our shoes
we told them where to go
walked halfway around the world
on promise of the glow
stood upon a mountain top
walked barefoot in the snow
gave the best we had to give
how much we'll never know we'll never know

(Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia, "Days Between")

05-08-2016, 06:42
Upon the Blue Ridge Mountains
there I take my stand.
A rifle on my shoulder,
six-shooter in my hand,
I've been all around this world.


05-08-2016, 08:19
Composer Aaron Copeland's Appalachian Spring. Robbin Thompson's Sweet Virginia Breeze.

05-08-2016, 09:19
The movie "Songcatcher" is all about Appalachian folk music. Stop in in at the visitor's center in Hot Springs NC, there's a bit more about that there.

05-12-2016, 23:47
Here's a few...



05-14-2016, 13:21


Hikes in Rain
05-14-2016, 14:56
Not the AT specifically, but about the backwoods of the Appalachians. Music to read Manly Wade Wellington's Silver John stories. https://archive.org/details/talesofjohntheballadeer

The Kisco Kid
05-14-2016, 15:51
Some good stuff to add to my playlist!

Don't forget the entire genre of Old Time Mountain Music which originated in the heart of the Southern Appalachians right in the A.T. corridor

Bluff Mountain Music Festival, June 11th in Hot Springs
+1 on the Wayne Henderson festival.
Boone, NC (down the road from Hampton, TN) is home to Appalachian State (where I went to school) and has tons of mountain music performances.

Local bands/musicians near the trail:
**Whitetop Mountain Band (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSIF9s17yW8)(Whitetop, VA) Now in its second generation!
**Roan Mountain Hilltoppers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XANv70ufEJw) (Roan Mountain, TN) Probably the greatest dance band in old time music
**Doc Watson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgB8LLMVoj0) (Deep Gap, NC) incomparable American treasure
**Franklin George (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_Ql-3-hI0s) (Bluefield, WV) one of my favorite fiddlers. One of the greatest albums.

Warms my heart!

05-14-2016, 16:50
I found these guys playing on the top of Lookout Mountain at Rock City.


05-14-2016, 18:15
These are my two favorite AT Hiker Music Video parodies.

First by Amplexus...


And for you hip hoppers, 'Boots Up' by the aptly named Clever Girl.


Great stuff!

05-15-2016, 12:00
Here's another good one.


lemon b
05-25-2016, 02:56
Before the re-route Floyd, Va. was an easy hitch.

05-25-2016, 11:59
Don't forget...