Folklorist Bill Ferris Finds The True South

Jun 7, 2018

"Southern" has a variety of meanings in the personal and popular imagination. It's a term that evokes history, food and musical traditions and ways of speaking. They often get lumped together, especially by those who don't know the South.

Few people have done more to thoroughly understand Southern identity than Bill Ferris. For the last half century, the folklorist has used photographs, field recordings and film to document the true character of the South.


Atlanta-based Dust-to-Digital is out with a collection of Ferris's interviews, films and songs. He joined us from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he's associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South.