The sounds and stories of the Appalachians come to Elon

By Laura Smith

September 16, 2008

People in the audience tapped their feet, clapped their hands, and sang along to the music of Appalachian singer, Jim Lloyd, in a crowded Whitley Auditorium on Tuesday evening.

“Thank ya’ll for coming out tonight,” Lloyd began. “I want you to know they’ve locked the door so you can’t leave.” Laughter erupted from the crowd.

Lloyd, a native of Rural Retreat, Virginia, shared his songs and stories with Elon students, faculty, and local residents all while incorporating his humor and making the audience laugh.

Lloyd grew up in the coalfields of Virginia, making music with others such as the Carter Family and their daughter, June Carter, commonly known for her marriage to country legend, Johnny Cash.

“I’ve been accused of being a little eccentric in my day,” Lloyd said. The singer and storyteller prefaced each song with a story, some from memorable childhood experiences, some from historical events, and some from folklore.  Playing the banjo, guitar, and fiddle, Lloyd kept the audience laughing and singing along for over an hour.

“I really enjoyed the different instruments he used,” junior Nichole Rawlings said. “I really enjoyed the storytelling aspect of it.”

When Lloyd isn’t busy sharing his stories and playing his music, he makes money by cutting hair. Lloyd’s shows vary in time, but during the summer he will play up to five shows a week.

“I like doing this,” he said. “This is a lot of fun for me.” 




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