"A delightful crystallization of the best, in an age now surfeited with the far-less-than-best." -- Folklore Society Bulletin
"A musical glimpse of a unique American cultural enclave when railroads, coal mining, and hillbilly radio were everpresent." -- Come-All-Ye --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Jean Ritchie remains one of the greatest balladeers of this century. Her performances over the last fifty years have played a considerable role in the resurgence of interest in folk music, and several of her original songs are among the most popular additions to the modern folk repertory. Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians is a glimpse into the heart of this remarkable talent. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.