HAMPTON—At its first in-person program since February 2020, the Hampton History Museum presents “Virginia Roots Music and American Traditions,” a talk and performance by historian Gregg Kimball and educator Cluny Brown as part of the Port Hampton Lecture Series on Monday, July 12, 7–8pm. The program is free to museum members and $5 for non-members. Admission is at the door.
Hundreds of Virginians from all walks of life recorded for folklorists and commercial companies in the early twentieth century. These traditional musicians laid the groundwork for some of the most important genres of American music, including country, blues, and gospel. This multi-media presentation explores these musicians and their songs through rare photographs, period recordings, and live performance. Kimball and Brown will introduce the audience to the legendary Carter Family, songster Jimmie Strother, the original “Hill Billies,” and a host of other seminal Virginia artists who profoundly influenced American musical culture.
The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. There is free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. For more information, call 757-727-1102, or visit www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org.