Michael Luchtan

I grew up outside of Gainesville, GA, a mid-sized Appalachian city that bills itself as the poultry capital of the world.  During my high school years, a large concentration of immigrants moved to Gainesville in order to work at the chicken factory jobs.  I was always intrigued by the presence of this new culture, and have spent many years since enjoying and exploring the rich culture of this latest round of immigrants to Appalachia. After spending time in Guanajuato, MX studying the music of the great mariachi singer-songwriter Jose Alfredo Jimenez, I returned to Appalachia and have presented this material to audiences large and small.  Now, as a graduate student in Appalachian Studies at ETSU in Johnson City, I am uncovering some of the reasons behind the immigration patterns that happened during my youth.Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 9.36.16 AM