Further Reading on Ashe and Watauga Counties
Arthur, John Preston. 1915. A History of Watauga County, North Carolina. With Sketches of Prominent Families. Richmond: Everett Waddey Co.
Barret, Elizabeth (Director). 1974. Fixin’ to Tell about Jack (Film). (Available through Appalashop.)
Burton, Thomas G. 1978. Some Ballad Folks. Johnson City, TN: ETSU Research Development Committee.
Cooper, Leland R. and Mary Lee Cooper. 2001. The People of the New River: Oral Histories from the Ashe, Alleghany, and Watauga Counties of North Carolina. McFarland.
Fussell, Fred. 2013. Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina: A Guide to Music Sites, Artists, and Traditions of the Mountains and Foothills. Chapel Hil, NCl: University of North Carolina Press
Hardy, Michael C. 2013. Watauga County North Carolina in the Civil War. Charleston, SC: The History Press.
Harmon, Terry L. 2016. Watauga County Revisited. Arcadia Publishing.
Hicks, Orville. 2009. Jack Tales and Mountain Yarns: As Told By Orville Hicks, edited by Julia Taylor Ebel, afterword by Thomas McGowan. 2009. Boone, NC: Parkway Publishers.
Houck, John, Clarice Weaver, and Carol Williams, on behalf of the Ashe County Historical Society. 2000. Ashe County. Arcadia Publishing.
Koon, William Henry. 1966. Folk Songs of Watauga. MA Thesis, University of Georgia.
McDermitt, Barbara Rice Damron. 1986. A Comparison of a Scottish and American Storyteller and their Marchen Repertoires. PhD dissertation, University of Edinburgh.
Patton, Sandy (collector). 1964. The Traditional Music of Beech Mountain, North Carolina, volume 1: The Older Ballads and Sacred Songs. Folk-Legacy Records..
_________. 1964. The Traditional Music of Beech Mountain, North Carolina, volume 1: The Later Songs and Hymns. Folk-Legacy Records.
Pepper, Susan G. 2008. “A Whistling Girl and a Crowing Hen Always Come to Some Bad End”: The Singing Traditions of Three Western North Carolina Women: Hazel Rhymer, Pearl Hicks and Zora Walker. Thesis: Appalachian State University.
Proffitt, Frank, Jr. 1994. Jack, My Father and Uncle Ray and Jack and the Old Rich Man. In Jack in Two Worlds: Contemporary North American Tales and Their Tellers, ed. William Bernard McCarthy, pp. 27-55. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.
Warner, Anne. 1984. Traditional American Folksongs from the Anne and Frank Warner Collection. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.
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