The Smithsonian exhibition “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” opened on August 29 in Fort Payne with over 100 people, including family members of Adas Johnson, whose 1925 fiddle is on display, and famous musicians James Bryan and Joe Underwood, featured in the local exhibition.
The local exhibition “Our Song: The Story of Music in DeKalb County” honored eight musicians/families as a local Music Hall of Fame in a high-quality professional exhibition and documentary film. At the festive opening, the new Binkley Brothers brought to life ole-time music for a younger generation.
With the local project director Russell Gulley’s enthusiasm for education, 600 students in DeKalb County will have the opportunity to see the exhibition. There have already been 788 visitors from surrounding towns and counties, including Centre, Scottsboro, Guntersville, Birmingham, Chattanooga, and even someone from England.
Pap Baxter Heritage Gospel Singing School Sept. 14 through 19 will continue the music heritage of Fort Payne. The singing school will be taught by Janet Wisner Burton, Dennis George, and Mark Garren. Advance registration is recommended and the first fifty participants will receive their study materials free. For information or to register, call the Chamber of Commerce at (256) 845-2741.
The humanities are “booming” in Fort Payne!
Pictured: Pap Baxter
Written by: Susan P.