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Augusta documentary CD project released

June 16, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College has announced the release of its newest documentary music project, titled "Then Days Were Better: The Stories, Songs, Ballads & Banjo Tunes of Currence Hammonds."

The Hammonds family of West Virginia is known for its rich Appalachian folklore and musical traditions. The family arrived on what was known as the "Old Frontier" in the 18th century and migrated to the Big Sandy Valley. From there they made their way to Webster, Pocahontas and Randolph counties in the 19th century.

The recording comes with a booklet that describes their frontier experience. The CD contains 60 songs, tunes, ballads and stories in the MP3 format, and there are descriptions and background information on each selection.

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The latest Augusta Heritage Center documentary music project features the Appalachian musical heritage of the Hammonds family.

The CD and booklet titled "Then Days Were Better" is available at the Augusta Store on the Davis & Elkins College campus, Main Line Books in downtown Elkins and online at

More information is available by calling Gerry Milnes at 304 637-1334.



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