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Vintage photos of:
Colorized version of Ben Shahn's photograph of Bill Hensley, a mountain fiddler from Asheville, North Carolina. Like many of our local "hillbilly" music makers, Bill Hensley was probably self-taught, could not read music but could play tunes that were handed down through families and friends for years. The strong Scots-Irish influence in local music is still evident today. View full size.