Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Burt Feintuch, Lynwood Montell, Archie Green

Degree Program

Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


An ethnographic study of the musical traditions of the A. L. Phipps Family, of Barbourville, Kentucky, reveals various social forces which have affected the family's repertoire and performance career. A life history of the family, compiled from extensive fieldwork, is presented along with analyses of the Phippses' secular music, sacred songs, and their performance career. The family is clearly representative of the musical traditions of the upland South, drawing its music from sources common to most white Appalachian singers. A discography of the Phipps Family's recordings is included along with a selection of photographs highlighting their life and performance career.


Anthropology | Arts and Humanities | Music | Musicology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social and Cultural Anthropology