On June 6th & 7th, 2014, Appalshop will host the 28th annual Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival, a celebration of traditional arts, mountain music & culture held every year in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky. This year’s event is shaping up to be a jam-packed weekend, with a variety of musical performances, local food, arts & crafts vendors, literary readings, workshops, film screenings, jam sessions & kids’ activities, all happening over the course of the two-day festival! Headliners for 2014 include J.D. Messer & Sanctified, Lee Sexton, Town Mountain, The Empty Bottle String Band, Si Kahn, Kentucky Wild Horse, and Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, to name just a few. You can view the entire lineup along with other information at www.seedtimefestival.org.
Seedtime 2014 will be a special celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Whitesburg, KY based record label, June Appal Recordings. Over the past four decades, June Appal’s eighty-six releases (and counting) of traditional and contemporary Appalachian music have included artists who are famous and artists scarcely known outside their own communities, solo performers and bands, unaccompanied singers, instrumental virtuosos, string bands, and some artists who can fairly be called “legendary,” including 6 National Heritage Award winners. In celebration of this incredible legacy, Seedtime 2014 will feature a variety of special performances by June Appal recording artists, an exhibit featuring photos, videos and art from the record label’s 40 year history, and will mark the official public release of two newly available June Appal Recordings.