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Mountain Music Museum: Icon ‘Papa Joe’ honored

Smiddy was artist, educator for more than 30 years

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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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