Bascom Lamar Lunsford

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Every now and then there appears a man or woman with a sense of the true importance of the culture of Appalachia. Bascom Lamar Lunsford was one of those people.

Trained as a teacher and as a lawyer, Lunsford not only taught and practiced law in Western North Carolina, he also spent time as a fruit tree salesman, a beekeeper, a newspaper publisher, and an auctioneer, among other pursuits.

But it was his love of old-time Appalachian music that made him famous. Lunsford is known for his travels through the hills and hollers collecting songs and tunes, many of which he recorded himself.

Today we tell the story of Bascom Lamar Lunsford.

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