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Frank Newsome, an Old Regular Baptist Singer from Haysi, Virginia, accepts his 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from Rep. Morgan Griffith and NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman.

Frank Newsome, an Old Regular Baptist Singer from Haysi, Virginia, accepts his 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from Rep. Morgan Griffith and NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. At the ceremony, Rocco Landesman said, "A religious and musical leader who remains committed to the spiritual and cultural life of his coal mining community in southwestern Virginia, Frank Newsome is both a powerful vocalist singing in the a cappella tradition of the Old Regular Baptist Church and a musical educator who has been willing to share his little-known singing tradition with audiences on concert and festival stages." Photo by Tom Pich