The North Carolina
Raymond Fairchild’s Maggie Valley Opry House: An Appalachian Treasure
Raymond and Shirley Fairchild have been operating the Maggie Valley Opry since 1988, featuring
In 2000, The National Endowments for the Arts and The North Carolina Arts Council, in conjunction with the
Raymond Fairchild is the featured performer at the Opry House when not traveling to the many other festivals he performs at.
The legendary Banjoist 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 song.
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
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 life’s of Country Legends.
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
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
Grammy’s for this specific project as outlined herein. (Association for
Cultural Equity –
”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 Fairchild”.