It seems that you can’t be from Appalachia (as I am) without weighing in on the new Little Opie Cunningham (Ron Howard) movie, Hillbilly Elegy. Based on the best-selling memoir by J.D. Vance, Elegy tells his story of escape from the horrors of Appalachia. Seems like everyone has an opinion. I haven’t read the book or seen the movie, so I’m no position to offer any thoughts. But, hey, here’s a bunch of hillbillies playing some amazing music. Looks like they could be from Clay County. No disrespect to Clay County. In fact, Clay County is actually a hotbed of good music in West Virginia.
But guess what? These guys aren’t real hillbillies. Not even from West Virginia. Or the United States, for that matter. They’re from Finland.