Richard Chase

Richard Chase

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Chase collected, retold or performed, and edited folk tales, songs, games, dances and dramas throughout Appalachia. Spending most of his career in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia. Chase was also well-versed in African American and Native American traditions, and the links between Anglo-Celtic and Appalachian folklore.

There are many Americans who keep, unreflectively, a store of traditions which they call, not 'folklore,' but simply the old songs, the old tales, the old ways. And those of us who preserve this heritage are not just Southern Mountain people, nor are we only country folk. We live in every state, and we can be found in large cities as well as out on the lands.

Richard Chase, quoted from  "Folk?" Los Angeles Free Press 24 Nov. 1964.