Mill Village America
This latest Album is a Blue-Grass version of the award-winning country-pop album 'Cotton Mill Town' written and recorded by Sharp Canupp....He won a multi-media award from the NC Society of Historians in 2006 for that one...G.L. 'Sharp' Canupp was born and raised in the small southern Cotton Mill Town of Cooleemee in the Piedmont section of North Carolina. His Great-Grandfather came to the Little Mill Village shortly after the mill and the village were built in the early 1900's. He came from Cabarrus Co. NC to work in the mill. His Grandfather also worked in the mill as a young boy barely in his teens. This is where he met Canupp's Grandmother as she had also went to work in the mill as a young girl....Canupp's Mother and Father both worked in the Cotton Mill, and his Grandfather had over 40 years in the mill when he died in 1948 at the age of 52...His Father also had over 40 years in the mill when it closed in 1969.......Both sets of his Grandparents and several aunts and uncles and almost all of his other relatives worked in the mill including 'Sharp' and 2 of his siblings at some time or another... Following is a quote from 'Sharp' Canupp----'Some of the fondest memories of my life were in this Little Mill Village as I grew into adulthood... It was an experience that only someone who had lived in the 'family-type' environment of a Cotton Mill Town could relate to...I have tried to translate some of the best memories of my 'mill family' childhood into words of song in creating this CD'........ In the ending of the song # 6 'The Old Mill Whistle' you can hear his recreation of the old whistle as it sounded long ago........'This CD is dedicated to my family and to all the Cotton Mill Villages and their towns-people of America'...Gerald L. 'Sharp' Canupp...