Raymond and Shirley Fairchild
have been operating the Maggie Valley Opry since 1988, featuring Bluegrass and Mountain Music .
In 2000, The National
Endowments for the Arts and The North Carolina Arts Council, in conjunction with the Blue Ridge Parkway and other multi-state
partnerships and organizations, placed the Opry House on the “Blue Ridge Music Trail” a project that grew out
of the Blue Ridge Heritage Initiative to help preserve and promote the music of the Appalachian Mountains.
is the featured performer at the Opry House when not traveling to the many other festivals he performs at.
Banjoist, who is proud of his Cherokee Indian heritage, has traveled for the past fifty years performing at festivals in every
state in the union and abroad, thrilling his audiences with renditions such as “Whoa Mule” his famous signature
Raymond has performed on the world famous “Grand Ole Opry” since 1977 and has appeared on numerous
television specials for the Nashville Network and other network stations. He recently completed a two-hour documentary special
for Japan Broadcasting, focusing on the evolution of music from Ireland to the United States.
John Rice Irwin, noted
author and owner of the Museum of Appalachian in Norris, TN., included a large chapter on Raymond is his book, “A People
and Their Music” “The Story Behind the Story of Country Music”, about the lives of Country Legends.
Raymond has recorded over twenty albums and videos. He has two Gold Records for having sold over two million copies of his
banjo instrumentals. He is also a lifetime member of the “Bluegrass Hall of Fame” and a five-time recipient of
the Bluegrass Banjo of the Year Award, an honor bestowed upon him by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in
In 1982 “The
Appalachian Journey”, a documentary produced by renown author and folklorist Allen Lomax in conjunction with Columbia
University was filmed so Raymond’s music would be preserved for generations to come and is stored in the archives of
the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC,and will be further protected with a grant from The Grammys for this specific project as outlined herein.
(Association for Cultural Equity – New York, NY) ”To preserve and make widely accessible recordings
of American roots music recorded in the field on audio and videotape by Alan Lomax and fellow collectors, legendary in their
own right, who contributed to the Lomax Archive. The footage to be preserved includes bluegrass master Raymond Fairchild.”
Famed storyteller and songwriter, Tom T. Hall wrote and recorded a song about Raymond on his “Soldier of Fortune”
Album titled “The World According to Raymond”.
Maggie Valley, NC, Raymond’s hometown, honored him
by placing a sign at each end of the valley, which simply reads,
“Welcome to Maggie Valley Home of Raymond