All wonderful Stewie!
I know I haven't mentioned this before, but as Mick and several others have said, Singing family of the Cumberlands is a great book. I read it years ago and and have re-read it several times since, but because kat mentioned Joe.....................
Joe Offer is a truly good guy and he does much for the 'Cat and also some wonderful little things he doesn't like anyone to know about.....midwestern reserve and all. Last year I got one of Jean's copies of that book. Signed by Jean to me and everything. It had a little Post-It note on it and indeed Joe had gotten it for me, knowing what a fan I was............So now he's embarassed I've told the tale on him, but it was a very sweet and wonderful surprise and a book I now treasure. Thank you Joe!
Alex, I don't think it's come up in this thread, but get a copy of the PBS TV special from the library called "Mountain Born"......It's Jean and her story and music....just wonderful. The album that coincides with it is outstanding too. And here is the Jean Ritchie Official Homepage