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
http://www.arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/fellow.php?id=1986_13&type=bio.

For more about Nimrod Workman, go to:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nimrod_Workman
http://roothogordie.wordpress.com/2008/10/14/nimrod-workman/
http://www.folkstreams.net/principal,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.

Media:
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)