Great Smoky Mountains
Appalachian music is a distinctive American musical genre that reflects a curious blend of influences. Key instruments include the fiddle, guitar, banjo, and fretted dulcimer, with European, Scottish, and African-American sounds mixed in for good measure. The region's folk music is celebrated at several festivals, including Gatlinburg's Smoky Mountains Tunes & Tales. Held every night from late June to early August, the festival features street performers, storytellers, and artisans along the Parkway. Visitors can also experience authentic Appalachian music at The Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, held every year in Waynesville, NC. Two full nights of Appalachian tunes feature fiddlers, banjo and washboard players, and spoon slappers.