National Traditional Country Music Association 

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Welcome to America's OLD TIME MUSIC, since 1976. Rural Country, Gospel, Bluegrass, Folk, and much much more!


What began in 1975 at a gathering of like minded old-time music lovers, now 44 years later, is a 501-c-3 non-profit corporation devoted and dedicated to keeping acoustic rural country music, traditional folk, and bluegrass, and old-time music alive.  Please become a member of our Association.  We were legally formed in 1976, and granted our non-profit 501(c)3 status June 17, 1983.  Our IRS Employer identification number is 42-113556.  The Iowa Secretary of State, authorized the Association non-profit status with Corporation #06233 Certification #A1106123.

         For our articles of Incorporation please contact Bob Everhart at

         712-762-4363 or e-mail him at

The entire purpose of the nearly 50 years of the existence of this non-profit organization has been an attempt to deal with the problems keeping America's legitimate rural country music alive.  There are many forms of 'rural' music: gospel, country, folk, western, bluegrass, blues, old-time, mountain, hillbilly, Cajun, cowboy, western swing, all of these genres fall under one umbrella.




In the beginning of America's early musical tradition, music licensing agency ASCAP refused to license hillbilly or mountain music for radio airplay because, in their words, "This music is not suitable for listening to by humans."  That outrageous judgement and discrimination is abhorrent.  We continue our work to hold ASCAP not only responsible for their horrible discrimination, we need to find a way to get them to recognize and honor those songwriters, composers, and recording artists they discriminated against.  We have a huge collection of 78rpm records in the Pioneer Music Museum of old-time mountain and hillbilly music that are prominently displayed with 'not licensed for radio air play' on their label. This ASCAP discrimination put 'real' country music back by at least 30 years in comparison to other musical genres.


Even today, the discrimination continues.  BMI,as well as ASCAP and SESAC, collect money from even the smallest venues, small coffee houses, small bars, small family gatherings, for music performed under their licensing approval.  They collect millions (if not billions) of dollars nation-wide and around the world, HOWEVER they do not reimburse the composers who they have collected for.  They don't even know what songs were played, or who composed them, in these small establishments. This discrimination is incredible, yet not even the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has been persuaded to do anything about this kind of appalling unfairness.


Once the deterioration of 'rural-country' music was totally compromised, the steel guitar removed, the fiddle removed, the story telling composer removed, and replaced by hip-hop, jazz, rap and other modern styles, it leaves a huge discrimination against those who like their country music to be 'country' rather than 'urban.'    Radio stations, music publications, music publishers, recording labels, promoters, have completely abandoned the ingredients that originally made up 'country' music.  "Rural' America is very important in the United States.      It's time to take the obvious steps to find ways to convince the advocates who propose to destroy America's rural heritage, not to do so.  At the least they should accept equal opportunity for traditional and classic country music on the air waves, radio and television alike, as well as all the other outlets there are.   This discrimination is so unfair to rural America, but does not play an obvious role in American politics today.


We are constantly trying to keep America's 'rural musical heritage' alive in schools, libraries, colleges, universities, museums, even small performance halls with special programs, concerts, lectures, and musical learning experiences.  We team up with the best musicians and performers we can find to help us with these learning experiences.


We solicit radio and television outlets to be more fair in their selection of music they call 'country' in an attempt to get them to include 'traditional' and 'classic' country music as part of their daily play list.  To say this particular kind of music is now dead is absurd.  There are not just hundreds of musicians in America that professionally play this music, there are hundreds of thousands.  There are not just thousands of fans today, there are millions. They deserve to be heard just as much as the compromised play lists of country music radio today.


We need to find ways to provide 'live old-time music' for senior citizen venues, rest homes, hospitals, and retirement communities.  However it is near impossible to ask gifted musicians to do all of this for free.  There must be a way to find 'grant' money to help allay the cost of providing this very desirable entertainment to our senior citizens, especially those whose retirement is in 'rural' America.


We continue the work we started in 1976, inducting, and honoring deserving individuals in America's Old Time Music Hall of Fame, and America's Old Time Fiddlers Hall of Fame. To date, that number is near 3,000 deserving individuals.  Nominations are made by those already in the Hall of Fame, as well as the membership of the Association. You can make recommendations too!