Clack Mountain String Band And Friends : Sorrow's End

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The Artists, in order of Appearance: Born in a holler in Eastern Kentucky in one of the poorest counties in the country, John Wezley Haywood saw life differently than children who grew up in more economically developed areas. He lived in an isolated community called Risner that was named for his Mother's family. During this time both Haywood and his community were being changed by outside influences which came into the area by means of mass communication and corporate development. Many of the traditions that had been handed down in the Eastern Kentucky region were forgotten. For a kid, these influences came from the big city where hopes and dreams could come true. Chasing these dreams brought Haywood to the city where the culture shock instilled in him a new appreciation for his Appalachian heritage. Today, from his home in the southeast part of the state, he paints the real Kentucky. His artwork wallows in the stereotypes and pays tribute to lifestyles that make Kentucky and Appalachia one of the most unique and celebrated places in the entire world. The paintings tell stories of hell raising hillbillies, hardened mine workers, mountain musicians and more. Established galleries such as the Cinderblock and Swanson Reed Contemporary in Louisville, Kentucky have carried his artwork. He also sells work through the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. In June 2006 He received a professional development grant from the Kentucky Arts Council for a solo exhibition in Ashland, Kentucky. In 2007 he received a Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council and Lincoln Bicentennial Commission for his painting of Abraham Lincoln. He is also a juried member of the Kentucky Arts Council's Visual Art at the Market program. Haywood can also be found participating in various arts and music festivals across the region. His work is currently available at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, and his Knott County-studio. His work has been collected by a variety of folks in and out of state. Environmental biologists, college professors, famous banjo players, disc jockeys, and tattoo artists are all proud owners of Haywood's paintings. As the list grows, so does the demand for his artwork. 'I think that with the way things are today, people are looking for work that will connect them to something or someplace. As our culture becomes more and more homogenized, we are loosing many of the characteristics that make us unique,' he says. Roy Tackett is a Morehead State University graduate. He has learned traditional music from many of the master oldtime musicians of East Kentucky. Roy has played in The Trough Sloppers and Rich and the Poor Folks. Roy teaches guitar for the Pick and Bow program through Appalshop and has taught 6 years at the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School. Every Monday from 11 - 1pm, Roy is a volunteer DJ for WMMT radio hosting 'Possum Opry.' Jesse Wells comes by it honest as he continues a legacy in his family of musicians, artists, and down right good people. Jesse has been attending fiddler's conventions and festivals since an early age and has been greatly influenced by his father Jaime Wells, who is an old time fiddler. Through his extensive work as an archivist and professor of traditional music, Jesse is becoming known as a fine fiddler in his own right and an all around good source for mountain music. He plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, banjo uke, mandolin and sings harmony vocals for the Clack Mountain String Band and does so with great intensity and a feel for how to drive a song into the next realm. He can also play soft fiddle tunes with a high degree of dignity and sweetness. Jesse was reared in Red Bush, KY and lives today in Morehead. Jesse has taught workshops at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA, The Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL, Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY and seven years at the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School, Letcher Co, KY. He has also appeared on PBS's Rhythm of My Soul, traditional music documentary and Kentucky Life on KET. Inspired by the people

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