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Berea's Rhythm and Roots

An online companion to the "Berea's Rhythm & Roots" exhibit in Hutchins Library.

Red Foley Award

Red Foley Memorial Music Award

In 1970 Berea College established the Red Foley Memorial Music Award in honor of Berea native Clyde Julian "Red" Foley, a country music artist widely recognized for his vocal and instrumental virtuosity. The annual award is presented to talented Berea College students in recognition of their musical contributions to the social life of the campus community, and to promote the kind of music associated with Red Foley’s career, such as folk, country, bluegrass, gospel, and popular music. Complete list of past winners.

Phuzz Street Knuckle Busters, 1972-73 Red Foley Award, was a student string band with many different spellings of their name.
Their original song "Take It Easy" was released as a 45 RPM single on the group's own Phuz Street Records.


Katie MorganKatie Morgan, 2000-01 Red Foley Award, is a native of the urban appalachian center of Cincinnati, OH, Katie (sometimes spelled Caty) majored in English and vocal music at Berea, went on to earn a Master of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School, and become a critically-acclaimed and best selling of "All the Living" as C.E. Morgan.

"Shady Grove and other songs with the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble from the 2001 Celebration of Traditional Music.


Jake KrackJake Krack, 2005-06 Red Foley Award, is a new generation old-time fiddle player. As a youngster, Jake learned fiddle tunes from West Virginia fiddlers Lester McCumbers and Melvin Wine.

"Waiting For The Boatsman" is a Melvin Wine tune Jake performed at the 2006 Appalachian Stringband Festival in Clifftop, WV. (JK-CD-300-021-002)


Ashley Nicole Long, 2007-08 Red Foley Award, is a singer whose family's roots reach far back into    western Virginia.
Never Leave Harlan Alive and other songs with the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble from the 2007 Celebration of Traditional Music.

Darrin HacquardDarrin Hacquard, 2009-10, Red Foley Award, is from Rockbridge, Hocking County, Ohio in the Appalachian region southeast Ohio.

"Walk Sign Main Street" is Darrin's original composition and performs this Berea inspired song at the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble's spring 2009 concert.
(Disc 2, Track 8, "Berea Bluegrass Ensemble, Live, 2009)


Sam Gleaves, 2013-14, Red Foley Award, grew up in Wytheville, Virginia, the crossroads of the Blue Ridge. After graduating in the spring of 2014, Sam was hired as a processing assistant in the Berea College Special Collections & Archives.

"Blue Diamond Mines," the now classic modern mountain folk song written by Jean Ritchie, is performed here by Sam with the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble at the 2011 Celebration of Traditional Music.