The South Carolina Piedmont has often been referred to as “The textile center of the world.” Alda Smith’s musical heritage is woven from the influences that migrated throughout the Piedmont during late 19th century. Recognizing the decline of the once dominant scene created by textile mills across the upstate, Alda Smith strives to preserve and present the history of the music created and nurtured in the mill town environment.

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Alda Smith Photos | Digital Traditions
Alda Smith Photos | Digital Traditions

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The South Carolina Piedmont has often been referred to as “The textile center of the world.” Alda Smith’s musical heritage is woven from the influences that migrated throughout the Piedmont during...
Gee Wah Song | Alda Smith | Digital Traditions
Gee Wah Song | Alda Smith | Digital Traditions

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Traditional Appalachian ballad performed by Shelah Lafayette Laws. Recorded by Alda in 1967 when Shelah was 87 years old. When asked about the song, Shelah could only remember that he learned it as a...
Hard Luck Blues | Alda Smith | Digital Traditions
Hard Luck Blues | Alda Smith | Digital Traditions

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Ralph Smith performing on Country Earle's WAGI radio program in 1955. Ralph was well-known for his "talking blues" and played many of the same songs as upstate blues musician and talking blues pioneer...