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Augusta: Classic Country Week
July 7 - July 13
Country music borrows from folk, pop, blues, swing, and religious sources, and yet it is distinctly different. It is easily remembered, loves to tell a story, and invites you to dance. The music we focus on is not from the current Nashville scene. This is classic country music from its roots, from Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family, through folks like Kitty Wells, Merle Haggard, and Dolly Parton, to the soulful singing of George Jones and Vern Gosdin. During this week, we explore this treasure trove of American music with some of the most dedicated workshop leaders doing country music today.
Classic Country Week runs concurrently with Cajun & Creole Week; Arts, Crafts, & Folklore Workshops; Folk Arts for Kids; and Evening Mini-Courses. The two weeks have been paired together since Classic Country Week began in 2010, and the pairing creates wonderful opportunities for participants to interact through combined cultural sessions, special evening events, swapping tunes and songs in jam sessions, and sharing in the fun!