Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Ralph Blizard ~ 1918-2004

Marker ID: THC 1A 132
Location: on Bristol Highway (State Road 126) west of Anderson Road, Blountville, TN
County: Sullivan
Coordinates: N 36° 31.993    W 082° 19.544
  36.53321666    -82.32573333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM5PW1


Ralph Blizard, a Hall of Fame long-bow fiddler, was a pioneer entertainer on radio stations WOPI, WJHL and WKPT, at first with his high school classmates. He recorded and toured with the New Southern Ramblers across the United States and the British Isles. He and his wife Mildred reared sons David and Mark, in Blountville. In 2002, Blizard co-founded the Traditional Appalachian Musical Heritage Association. He was a recipient of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Governor’s Award and the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. Blizard was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.