Rich and the Po’ Folk is John Haywood, Rich Kirby, Nate Polly, and Brett Ratliff.

I had the great fortune of catching Rich and the Po’ Folk at the Morehead Old Time Festival ( http://www.MoreheadOldTime.com ) a couple years back. I really love the sound and the style these guys have. I had already been a fan of Brett Ratliff, hearing him with numerous lineups over the years,  so I wasn’t really surprised at how great they were. I wanted every CD they put out.

Well, I do have that CD. I got from John Hatton, of www.cleffd-ear.com You can find John at festivals with lots of CDs, books, and instruments for sale. Anyway, I got my copy of When the Whistle Blew from John’s table at the Morehead Old Time Festival awhile back. That CD is usually always with us in the car and the kids even sing along with it!

I was talking with Rich Kirby in Morehead not too long ago and he was telling me that there was the possibility of a new album soon! I was glad to hear that and can hardly wait to hear what’s next.

~ David Slone

From Ron Pen of Appalachia in the Bluegrass–Traditional Music:

The band Rich and the Po’ Folk was founded in the spring of 2006, when a group of friends got together with a common goal; to build a band on their shared love for the traditional music of eastern Kentucky and southwest Virginia. They have found their inspiration in the work of old time giants such as Art Stamper, Ed Haley, Charlie Osborne, George Gibson and John Morgan Salyer, and they use the fiddle, banjo, bass, mandolin and guitar to kick it up as only a string band can.

The band’s recent CD, “When the Whistle Blew,” released in November 2010 by Appalshop’s June Appal Recordings, digs into a wide range of both old and new traditional mountain music. The recording draws on the band members’ home territory of eastern Kentucky and southwest Virginia. This is the best and most important music to come forth from the coal fields in many years.

Some of the band’s past performances include appearances at the Carter Family Fold, the Ralph Stanley Museum, Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Hillbilly Days, the Morehead Old Time Fiddlers Convention, Home Craft Days, and the Dock Boggs Festival.

To hear samples of the band’s new CD visit their website online at http://richandthepofolk.com/music/.

Rich and the Po’ Folk

Presented by the UK John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series celebrates the old time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. This year’s concert series showcases 13 different performers, duos and groups from the Kentucky area ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim. The Niles Center is a collaborative research and performance center of the UK College of Fine Arts, UK School of Music and UK Libraries.

For more information on either Ruth McLain Smith or the Rich and the Po’ Folks, or on the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series itself, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, online at http://finearts.uky.edu/music/niles.

Official Website for Rich and the Po’ Folk right here:

http://www.richandthepofolk.com

And here is a preview for you:

Rich and the Poor Folk – 30 Inch Coal – Morehead Old Time Festival 2011

Rich and the Poor Folk – Big Stone Gap – Morehead Old Time Festival 2011

Rich and the Po’ Folk – Station House Blues – Morehead Old Time Festival 2011

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