Get Ready For The Road To Bittersweet!
In a lead up to June 16th, I thought I’d share a little bit about a particularly unique talent passed down through the generations of families who live where my story takes place, the Appalachian region of North Carolina. Here is where descendants of the Scots Irish have sung their ballads for decades, danced to the tunes of fiddles, mountain dulcimers and banjos. This dancing, called buck dancing or flat footing, depending on which part of the area you’re from, is absolutely mesmerizing, and breathtaking.
My main character, Wallis Ann Stamper, and her father are very good at it. As was normal, if you were born into an Appalachian family whose ancestors participated in this sort of pastime, everyone, young and old alike knew the songs, and knew the dances.
While researching for the story, I found an outstanding video, filmed by David Hoffman in the early days of writing BITTERSWEET. The video, for me, was addictive. It has well over 3 million views – my part of that might be 2 million. 🙂 And I would wholeheartedly agree with the title posted for it, ***”Best Bluegrass Clog Dancing Video Ever Made.”
Watch and see if you don’t find yourself hitting “play” again and again!
***I’ve included the hyperlink in case the video doesn’t come through on your desktop. When I previewed this post, it only showed the Youtube link. (boo!)