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ACA founder Tim White, left, shows "Papa Joe" Smiddy the new exhibit honoring him and his music at the Mountain Music Museum Monday afternoon.
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ACA founder Tim White, left, and "Papa Joe" Smiddy play before unveiling the new exhibit honoring Smiddy and his music at the Mountain Music Museum Monday afternoon.
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"Papa Joe" Smiddy plays Monday afternoon at the Mountain Music Museum before an unveiling of a new exhibit honoring Smiddy and his music.
Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014 10:43 pm
Updated: 2:15 pm, Tue Mar 18, 2014.
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Appalachian music icon “Papa Joe” Smiddy held court Monday at the downtown Mountain Music Museum, sharing stories, hugs and handshakes with family, friends and well-wishers.
A crowd of about 30 gathered around as Smiddy, 93, warmed up a brisk St. Patrick’s Day by playing the banjo left-handed and singing traditional Appalachian music, the same music he has spent much of his life performing, promoting and preserving.
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Monday, March 17, 2014 10:43 pm.
Updated: 2:15 pm.