Nimrod Workman

ballad singer, Mascot

National Heritage Fellowship award (1986)

photo from Phyllis Boyens-Liptak


Born in Kentucky, Nimrod Workman (1895-1994) spent most of his life as a coal miner in West Virginia before moving to East Tennessee, where he lived at the time of his heritage award.  A strong a capella Appalachian singer, Workman sang both traditional mountain ballads and labor songs from his decades of union activism. 


For Nimrod Workman’s National Heritage Fellowship profile, go to

For more about Nimrod Workman, go to:,174

For further reading, see:

Govenar, Alan, Masters of Traditional Arts: A Biographical Dictionary (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 2001), pp. 689-91, 741.

I Want to Go Where Things are Beautiful, Drag City DC 379 / 2&F#001 (CD/LP 2008)
Masters of Traditional Arts, Documentary Arts (CD-Rom, 2002)
Mother Jones’ Will, Rounder 0076(LP 1978)
Nimrod Workman: To Fit My Own Category, Appalshop,Anthony Slone and Scott Faulkner, directors (Film 1975)
Passing Thru the Garden, June Appal JA0001 (LP 1974)