Stories by Gina Smith

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Gina Smith

Gina Smith lives, writes, cooks, gardens and tries to keep up with her busy family, pets and chickens in East Asheville.She is the food editor at alternative newsweekly Mountain Xpress and a co-founder and member of the board of directors of the Oakley Farmers Market. @ginasmithnews on Twitter

Ballad Singing

Appalachia’s Ballad Singing Tradition

With its thriving music scene, including an ever-growing list of local Grammy nominees, Asheville is making a name for itself nationally as a hotbed for singing talent. But the craft of telling stories through song has long been woven into the culture of the North Carolina mountains in the form of traditional ballad singing. Spotlighted in the 2000 motion picture “Songcatcher,” ballad

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