An Appalachian Migration Story

Big News!!!

Our soundtrack is finally being released!

Many of you have been asking about this for a long time, and all I could say was, “We’re working on it.”
Well, I am excited to announce that The Mountain Minor Motion Picture Soundtrack album is finally finished and will be released on Friday, October 16th! With 39 tracks of complete songs and snippets of background music, the album will be available on most digital platforms as well as on CD. The CD will include a beautiful insert booklet containing essays by:
Dale Farmer, writer-producer of The Mountain Minor
Gerry Milnes, Retired Folk Art Coordinator, Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College
Gloria Goodwin Raheja, Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota
Trevor McKenzie, Musician and Archivist, Appalachian State University
The album has taken so long to complete, partly because of the remixing that needed to be done on much of the music which was recorded “live” during the filming. The tracks on the album were taken directly from the soundtrack, which means some of them have the kind of background noise and minor imperfections that you would expect in a live performance. The quality is amazing, thanks not just to our many extraordinary performers, but also to recordist Jerry Sebastian, who so skillfully captured the music on set, and album producers Scott Young and Keyth Neso, who worked their magic during the remixing and mastering.
The Mountain Minor Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available for pre-order very soon. Look for more details on Facebook and in our next newsletter. We can’t wait for you to hear it!

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

What a great lineup this Saturday, September 19th, on the West Virginia Channel of West Virginia Public Broadcasting! At 7:00, catch Bluegrass Undergroundwith Amanda Shires; at 7:30 p.m., Songs at the Center; Mountain Stage Radio Show at 8:00, followed by our movie, “The Mountain Minor” at 9:00! Check local listings all over West Virginia!

Kentucky Educational Television (KET)

We’re so happy that “The Mountain Minor” had its Public TV premiere on Kentucky Educational Television (KET) on July 24 at 9:00 pm!  Since we started this project I’ve been asked so many times, “will it show on KET?”  That KET loved the film and wanted to share it with their audience might be the ultimate compliment for The Mountain Minor!  KET plans to have additional showings in the future and we’re beyond honored that our film being seen on all those TVs in Kentucky!


The Mountain Minor is now streaming on Amazon Prime in the US and United Kingdom and Vimeo On Demand world wide!    Blu-rays and DVDs are also available on Amazon.

To rent or download The Mountain Minor on Amazon Prime click HERE

To purchase DVDs and Blu-rays on Amazon click HERE

To purchase The Mountain Minor on Vimeo on Demand click HERE.  

To view your Vimeo On Demand (VOD) purchases on a computer, log in to your Vimeo account in your desktop browser and go to your Purchases. Purchases will also appear in your Watch Later queue on your device or Vimeo app on your smart TV.  For more information select “learn more” located just below the purchase tabs on the Vimeo site.  

Since all of our upcoming public screenings have been canceled, the time is right for you to to experience The Mountain Minor at home.  It is our hope that sharing the story and music with your families will bring some much needed connection and joy.

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Published by

Dale Farmer

Writer, Director, Producer

7 thoughts on “An Appalachian Migration Story

  1. As someone who lived the experience of mountain music then becoming a migrant longing for home, I look forward to seeing this film.
    Mike Maloney, Cincinnati


  2. I was born in PA in 1951. My father, born 1928, grew up in Pigeon Roost NC, north of Spruce Pine. NC .and settled in PA. I love Ole Time Music and my genes produced a flatfoot dancer. I understand the culture, and still have Aunts and cousins in NC. I appreciate the attention being given to documenting their stories. As a continual visitor to my ancestral home, I never saw a “white” painted house. But then maybe the hills of NC are different than the hills of Kentucky, I look forward to the authenticity of the film. Thank you. Kim Hughes Forry


  3. Thank you for your interest Kim. I love hearing others’ stories of their Appalachian and music connections. We’re going to talk more about the house we chose in our “behind the scenes” videos that will come out with the movie. The Willet Ponds Pioneer House we’re using is over 100 years old and has been restored to its original condition; no plumbing or electric… and white paint… We searched for months to find an authentic location to shoot the film and this place has tuned out to be perfect. It’s similar to the house my grandfather grew up in down in Jackson County Kentucky. We’re shooting in Todd, about 50 miles NE of Spruce Pine.


  4. My father had a sister whose family lived in Altro Ky. We visited them while I was in my teens. My Aunt cooked on an old iron cook stove and had a warm morning to heat the house and no indoor plumbing. We listened to the radio and put beans in sacks to lay in the sun to dry. My uncle farmed a garden next to the railroad tracks which was about 50 feet from the house he built. I helped collect the eggs and learned how to cut up a whole chicken. I learned how to make the best gravy that would put Hardees to shame. Looking back these were some of my favorite memories. I look forward to seeing the film when it is ready.

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  5. Thanks Joan! This is the way of life that my grandparents told me of so many times. The number of us that learned first hand or had these stories passed down to us is dwindling. That’s why we’ve made this film; to preserve for generations to come the beautiful heritage and traditions of our parents and grandparents.


  6. This is basically my 85 year old Dad’s story. I would love to watch this with him. Where can we get the movie?


  7. Loved the movie, Dale. The music is incredible but the story is so heartwarming and real. The emotions and feelings apply far beyond eastern Kentucky. We are at a point where we need to make the same decision–do we move back home or stay in the community where we have lived for 43 years. Same emotions, same thinking, same challenges. Thank you for asking Gary to be in your movie.


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