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Benton Big Sing Oral History Project

Project Summary

One of the oldest and most popular southern musical traditions is shape-note singing. Benton, Kentucky is the only known location where this style of singing is based primarily on William Walker's The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion (1854). Held in the Marshall County Courthouse on the fourth Sunday in May, the "Big Singing" has been an annual event since 1884. This series of interviews explores the practice of shape-note singing, its role in the lives of West Kentuckians and their descendants, and the tenuous longevity of the Big Singing.

Project Code

bbs

Project LC Subject

Shape-note singing--Kentucky


Interviews in this Project (10 Total):

Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0281_bbs0001
Interviewer: Erin Fulton
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0282_bbs0002
Interviewer: Erin Fulton
Restrictions: No Restrictions
Access:
Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0283_bbs0003
Interviewer: Erin Fulton
Restrictions: No Restrictions
Access:
Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0284_bbs0004
Interviewer: Erin Fulton
Restrictions: No Restrictions
Access:
Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0285_bbs0005
Interviewer: Erin Fulton
Restrictions: No Restrictions
Access:
Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0286_bbs0006
Interviewer: Erin Fulton
Restrictions: No Restrictions
Access:
Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0287_bbs0007
Interviewer: Erin Fulton
Restrictions: No Restrictions
Access:
Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0288_bbs0008
Interviewer: Erin Fulton
Restrictions: No Restrictions
Access:
Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0289_bbs0009
Interviewer: Erin Fulton
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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Interview Accession Number: 2021oh0290_bbs0010
Interviewer: Erin Fulton
Restrictions: No Restrictions
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