Some linguists contend that the word “holler” refers to a dialogic idiom created originally by mountain kin and neighbors as a reliable mechanism for transmitting important information. In rural locations folks would open up their door and yell or sing out something to celebrate important events. Up The Holler isn’t just a rural location, it’s way of imploring you to YELL LOUDER. This blog is that special place where real mountaineers* can rant freely amongst their Appalachian neighbors, both near and far, who truly care about our struggling communities. This site is a moral and politically progressive effort to alert, inform, educate, empower, and unite Appalachian-Americans against a corporate agenda to de-populate what the state’s current top political leader believes is an “extraction state“, a belief demonstrated via his predecessor’s greed-driven “retail government” public statement. Stop hunkering down and simpering quietly about what your political leaders and the mainstream media lackeys are doing to you and your precious communities! Raise a stink and send a link to the following email so I can “up the holler” by promoting it on this blog. I’ll also help spread the word via an e-blast, and notify you of the feedback we receive. firstname.lastname@example.org ———————————————————— *by REAL mountaineers (small “m”) I don’t mean no freaking Fiends of Coal, so let’s get that straight right up front.