Welcome to YewPine Cultural Traditions

YewPine Cultural Traditions Inc. was established to identify, preserve and promulgate the cultural heritage of the Appalachian region. We accomplish this mission in a variety of ways:

  • Sponsoring workshops and instructional retreats taught by individuals who are “culture carriers” for their communities
  • Developing and publishing CD’s, videos and books related to Appalachian arts, crafts and music
  • Distributing recordings and other materials related to Appalachian culture
  • Sponsoring public performances and demonstrations of traditional music
  • Publication of historical recordings of early 20th century Appalachian culture carriers

Dwight Diller 

(August 17, 1946 — February 14, 2023

Dwight was a father, a friend, an ordained Christian minister, and famously as a performer, teacher, historian, and proponent of clawhammer banjo and fiddle in the traditional Old Time Appalachian tradition.
Dwight’s biographer, Lew Stern, writes an insightful summary.


Dwight Diller died on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2023, at age 76. His health had been fragile for many years.

Inasmuch as Dwight was founder of Yew Pine Cultural Traditions (YPCT), it seemed appropriate to reconstruct the website, so please bear with us as this is reworked.

Many have inquired about Dwight’s legacy. What will happen with his numerous fiddles and banjos? And what of his  voluminous field recordings, papers, Cds and DVD’s, and papers and photos and so forth? At this point (May 15, 2023), his son Caleb and daughter Susanna are in the process of settling Dwight’s estate. However, they are supportive to see that important materials of Dwight’s are preserved, digitized, archived, and much will be available for public use. So please be patient as these matters are worked on. Contact Allen or Teresa if you have futher questions or to offer your support.

And thank you for your love for Dwight, and your interest in his legacy!

Lee Hammons

Sherman Hammons

Burl Hammons

Dwight Diller