In 1987 Appalshop launched the Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival, an annual 3-day event that features traditional mountain arts, music, and culture. A focal point and highlight of the festival is its musical lineup. Since its inception, the Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival has celebrated mountain music in all its variety, from dance tunes to religious pieces, ballads and Jack Tales to mining songs. It has featured artists who are famous nationwide and others who are are unknown outside their own communities. Each year since the festival’s inception, Seedtime music and storytelling performances on the festival's main stage have been recorded and broadcast live by WMMT-FM, the organization’s non-commercial community radio station. In 2015, the Appalshop Archive received a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation to preserve and create access to high quality transfers of original recordings of the first 13 years of the festival's performances.
Note: This collection will eventually be folded into the Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival Collection, as a series.