The lives of Appalachian mountain people in a depressed area of Kentucky, and how they cope with poverty and maintain their traditions and dignity through music. The Holiness Church of God is one of the most recent churches in Delphia, Kentucky. They have a 'Born Again' orientation. The congregation inside the church. They play stringed instruments like banjos and guitars and sing along. The singers and musicians around a microphone. They sing 'Have a Little Talk with Jesus'. A picture of Jesus on the wall. U.S. flags in the church. People clap. Women and children on the benches. The reverend shouts into the microphone. Women raise their arms, clap and dance as if in a trance. One woman begins speaking in tongues.
Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky. Kentucky Governor Bert T. Combs watch the derby along with his wife and other officials. Horses 'Admiral's Voyage' and 'Ridan' on the race course. Horse No. 3, 'Decidedly' and 'Jaipur' run during the race. 'Greek Money' beats 'Ridan'. 'Jaipur' takes advantage on 'Admiral's Voyage' to win the Kentucky derby.
'The High Lonesome Sound: Kentucky Mountain Music' explores the lives of Appalachian mountain people in a depressed area of Kentucky through spiritual and folk music. Shows how the poverty-stricken people maintain their traditions and dignity through their music. An evangelical church congregation gathered by a river under railway tracks for a ceremony. Men, women and children among the crowd. The church preacher sings gospel while wading in the water. the congregation joins in. A baptism ceremony takes place as a women is immersed in the river. Sound of rail cars filled with coal moving on tracks. Coal Miners seated in mine cars at a coal mine. People sit outside a building on a street. Cars pass by. The men talk. DAISY, Kentucky: An old house amidst wooded mountains. Hens around the house. Roscoe Holcomb, an unemployed construction worker in Hazard, Kentucky, on a swing at the house. A spider in a large web at the house. Holcomb plays the banjo and sings 'Across the Rocky Mountain'. Clothes hang on the wall by a bed inside the house. A bed side table between twin beds, a lamp in the window, a banjo, wardrobe, and clothes by the window. A single stalk of corn. Clouds over the mountains. Miners at work. They carry small boxes. Coal Miners seated in a coal mine car as it enters a tunnel. Light of the car as it disappears into the tunnel.
The 88th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky. A large number of people gathered at Churchill downs to witness Kentucky Derby. Women seated in chairs. Jockey, Willie Hartack, who will ride "Decidedly" stands on a porch, smoking a cigarette. Former champion jockey, Eddie Arcaro, signs autographs. Horses and the jockeys take their positions and the race gets underway. Horses run on the track. A man looks through binoculars. Decidedly, the American Thoroughbred racehorse, wins the race. The winner being presented a blanket of roses.
The lives of Appalachian mountain people in a depressed area of Kentucky, and how they cope with poverty and maintain their traditions and dignity through music. DAISY, Kentucky: Roscoe Holcomb, an unemployed construction worker seated on the swing in his house amidst the mountains. He smokes and talks about spiritual music, and how it is a God given gift. He begins to play his banjo. Dogs bark near a hand pump in the vicinity. Old houses nearby. Holcomb's family seated in the patio. He plays the banjo as a man tap dances beside him. Holcomb sings 'Little Bridge'. Clouds over the mountains, thick woods, a church nestled among the clouds.
The lives of Appalachian mountain people in a depressed area of Kentucky, and how they cope with poverty and maintain their traditions and dignity through music. Hazard, Kentucky: A large crowd gathered in a market place. People look out from windows. The U.S. flag hangs from a building. Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys perform 'John Henry'. People listen and watch. Men, women and children in the crowd.