The gently rolling hills of Eastern Kentucky are rich with musical history: the traditions of songwriting & music making are centuries old & have been passed down from generation to generation. Many of the ancestors of today's mountain people came to America with barely the clothes on their backs; but very often there was one prized possession nestled among those sparse belongings, a cherished mandolin, a beat up guitar or banjo. To the people who had so little, music meant so much.
MUSIC IS LIFE in this slice of rural Appalachia. When you don't have a lot of entertainment options available, you are forced to make your own fun. While teenagers in urban cities take things like weekly movies and trips to the mall for granted. Outings like that can be rare treats for kids in the mountains. This is something that David Tolliver and Chad Warrix of Halfway to Hazard are, now in hindsight, very thankful for.