Blue Smoke Risin' on the Mountain

Folk Music News and Information from Tennessee


Follow your dulcimer dreams!

Welcome to the wonderful world of the dulcimer and folk music.  This site provides information, photos and tips about playing this fabulous instrument that was invented in the mountains of Southern Appalachia  and the songs and tunes that inspired the instrument.

                                         You will also find information about hammered dulcimers and other acoustic folk

                                         instruments.  My family is from Maryville, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Smoky

                                         Mountains.  My Uncle Bob taught me old folk songs as we hiked in the mountains and

                                         traveled to wonderful places in the area. 

                                         I have been playing dulcimer since 1988, and it has been one of the most

                                              rewarding experiences of my life.  The music has introduced me to many close

                                              in the folk music community, and I have enjoyed traveling from the Ozarks to the

                                              Blue Ridge Mountains playing with other dulcimer players, as well as a host of

                                              other folk instruments, including the hammered dulcimer, mandolin, autoharp,

                                              banjo, guitar -- even the kazoo!