Making art + media in the mountains since 1969.

Founded in 1974, June Appal Recordings has distributed mountain music over a period of time in which the very definition of what it means to be “mountain music” has grown and evolved.

 

The first album ever released on our label was by Nimrod Workman, who was the subject of an Appalshop film the following year by Scott Faulkner and Anthony Slone. Often breaking out into impromptu performances of traditional ballads and original songs — for which he won a National Heritage Award — Nimrod set the tone for the inventiveness and cultural heft that would typify so many June Appal Recordings.

Nearly 100 albums later, June Appal is still representing artists today. Our latest release, The Gospel by The Local Honeys, dropped in the fall of 2019. The album propelled The Local Honeys on an international tour to take “mountain music” far beyond the geographical confines of Appalachia.

 

Other young artists like Kevin Howard and Brett Ratliff are also still working musicians releasing work today (in fact, Brett Ratliff is also on the staff of our radio station WMMT 88.7 FM). 

In addition to representing independent local artists, we also partner with local and regional organizations like Cowan Creek Mountain Music School, with whom we released a compilation called All Join Hands, a collection of traditional mountain square dance tunes performed by contemporary masters and young artists alike.



Archive

June Appal’s early recordings contain some of the best examples of Appalachian traditional music — a genre that has been foundational to the development of American popular music, as well as being sonically pleasing in its own right.

It’s the mission of the Appalshop archive to conserve and preserve this great body of work. Appalshop’s state-of-the-art archive contains thousands of hours of audio recordings well beyond June Appal’s catalogue. With recordings of tradition bearers who are now deceased alongside legends still alive today, Appalshop’s archive has been integral to the ongoing work of our record label.



Seedtime on the Cumberland

Seedtime’s goal is to be a mirror for mountain people and communities, highlighting our cultural riches and the vibrancy of our region.

Started in 1986, it fast became a summer staple for old-time and bluegrass music. But its lineup has evolved with the region to include acts like Joan Brannon (West African drumming), Cornbread & Tortillas (a fusion band from central and South America, Greece, and Appalachia) and Grits & Soul (soul and blues from the Deep South). Typical Seedtime on the Cumberland schedules now also include a companion punk show in Appalshop’s Boone building across the street.

Alongside music, Seedtime on the Cumberland lineups feature workshops, readings, a show in our art gallery, and a square dance with our neighbors at Carcassonne Square Dance. Seedtime has become a space for regional artists, makers, and craftsmen to showcase their talents and wares with live demonstrations.

 

We broadcast Seedtime on the Cumberland live on the airwaves of our radio station, WMMT 88.7 FM, sending it out to the entire world via wmmt.org. Seedtime is always free and open to the public.



Catalogue

Artists featured on June Appal recordings include James "Pigmeat" Jarrett, the early 20th century Geechee-Cherokee barrelhouse blues pianist; Nate Polly, retired railroad worker and contemporary songwriter; and Lily May Ledford, member of the original Coon Creek Girls — one of the first all-women string bands to appear on radio. 

 

They include Si Kahn, contemporary labor rights activist and folk music legend; Brett Ratliff, contemporary innovator of traditional banjo styles and founder of Kentucky Old-Time Music, Inc.; and James Still, long-term writer-in-residence at Hindman Settlement School.  

 

The June Appal catalogue presents unique pairings like Morgan and Lee Sexton, two masters of mountain banjo styles related by both blood and virtuosity, and Addie Graham, ballad singer and documenter of 19th century railroad songs, whose grandson, Rich Kirby, was himself one of the founders of June Appal Recordings. 

Our catalog represents the breadth of Appalachian music, from old-time traditional to bluegrass and Americana. With almost 100 records released on June Appal Recordings, a wide variety of albums are available in digital, CD, cassette tape, and LP formats.

Title Performer
100 Years Farther On Uncle Charlie Osborne
12-String Moonrise John Stanfield
65 Years of Irish Music Michael J. Kennedy
All Join Hands! Traditional Music for Square Dancing Cowan Creek Mountain Music School
Ancient Creek Gurney Norman
Andy Cohen Shuffle Rag
Aunt Dinah's Quilting Party New River Boys
Ballads for the Sad Cafe Jack Wright
Banish Misfortune Danglish and Larsen
Banjer Days Various Artists
Been A Long Time Traveling Addie Graham
Blizzard Train Ralph Blizzard & The New Southern Ramblers
Brown Lung Cotton Mill Blues Mountain Musicians Cooperative
Buell Kazee Buell Kazee
Butter Beans Papa Joe Smiddy
Carryin' On: Jack Tales for Children of All Ages Orville Hicks
Cities of Gold Ron Short
Cold & Lonesome on a Train Sparky Rucker
Cold Icy Mountain Brett Ratliff
Come All You Tenderhearted Ginny Hawker & Kay Justice
Crossing the Mountain Line Kevin Howard
Deep in Tradition Tommy Hunter
Dillon Bustin's Almanac Dillon Bustin
Dixie Highway Sign Robin and Linda Williams
Dusty Miller Dusty Miller
Echoes From the Mountainside (A Festival Anthology) Various Artists
Fiddle Ditty Owen 'Snake' Chapman
Fields Where Once We Played The Payroll Boys
Finley J. Brewer, Sr. From Road Mountain, TN Pap Brewer with Gary Brewer & The Kentucky Ramblers
For My Friends of Song Betty Smith
From Earth to Heaven Wry Straw
From the Depths of My Soul Earl Gilmore
Gems Lily May Ledford
Glory to the Meeting House Charlie Stamper
Grandfather's Greatest Hists, Vol. 1 Roadside Theater
Green Rocky Road Guy Carawan
Harmony Robin and Linda Williams
Headed Back Nate Polly
Heritage James Still & Randy Wilson
Hills & Hollers: Hammered Dulcimer and Guitar Duets Jim Miller
Hits from Home Tom Bledsoe & Rich Kirby
How Can I Keep From Singing? John McCutcheon
Hush My Restless Soul Carla Grover
I've Got the Blues (For My Kentucky Home) Buzzard Rock String Band
In Full Swing Luke Smathers String Band
In the Land of Melody Wade & Julia Mainer
It Just Suits Me David Holt
It's Never Too Late Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers
J.P. and Annadeene Fraley Galleynipper
Jack Alive! Ray Hicks
Johnny Come Along John Harrod
Jubilee Guy Carawan
Last Chance The Home Folks
Last Chance Rider Bob Martin
Last Possum Up the Tree George Gibson
Life of the Party Metropolitan Blues All Stars
Look at the People Pigmeat Jarrett
Mountain State Music Andrew F. Boarman
Mountain Swing Luke Smathers
Mountain Tales Roadside Theater
New Wood Si Kahn
Oso Special Goose Creek Symphony
Passin' Thru The Garden Nimrod Workman
Precious Memories Bluegrass Meditations
Red Wing I.D. Stamper
Relics & Treasures Charlie Osborne
Road to Home Marion Sumner
Rock Dust Morgan Sexton
Seedtime on the Cumberland Sampler 1990-91 Various Artists
Seedtime on the Cumberland Vol. II Various Artists
Seedtime on the Cumberland Vol. III Various Artists
Shady Grove Morgan Sexton
Signs & Wonders Kay Justice & Ginny Hawker
Southern Melody Odus Maggard
Sweet Rivers Jean Ritchie
Sycamore Tea Dutch Cove Old Time String Band
The 5th Generation Gary Brewer and Phil Sexton
The Banjo Still Rings Phil Sexton
The Eagle and the Sparrow Jon Sundell
The First of Autumn Danglish and Larsen
The June Appal Recordings Uncle Charlie Osborne
The Local Honeys (Sing the Gospel) The Local Honeys
The Very Day I'm Gone: Songs of Addie Graham Various Artists
The Wind That Shakes the Barley John McCutcheon
They Can't Put It Back Mike Kline and Rich Kirby
Trying Times Metropolitan Blues All Stars
Vocal & Instrumental Blend Plank Road String Band
When The Whistle Blew Rich and the Po' Folk
Whoa Mule Lee Sexton
Wild Hog in the Woods Fred & Jenny Armstrong-Park