2014 marks the 40th anniversary of June Appal Records, a record label started by Appalshop in 1974 to document, preserve, and promote the traditional music of the Central Appalachian mountains. In a new series, WMMT is looking back at the life and work of several June Appal recording artists. In our first installment, WMMT’s Parker Hobson brings us a portrait of Lee Sexton, a traditional Appalachian banjo player born and raised in the community of Linefork in Letcher County, Ky. Now 86, Lee has gained a reputation as a world-renowned master of mountain banjo playing while remaining a regular fixture and a revered figure in the local music community.
To purchase Lee’s June Appal album “Whoa Mule,” you can click here.
This report originally aired on the May 29, 2014 edition of WMMT’s Mountain News & World Report, a bi-weekly newsmagazine program spotlighting life and culture in Appalachia. To hear a full archive of past episodes, click here.