Various Artists. “Appalachia: Music From Home.” Lonesome Records. 20 tracks.

This 20-song album is designed as a companion piece for the PBS series, “Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People.” But it stands on its own as a strong collection of music ranging from symphonic to native American to old-time string band to gospel to country to bluegrass.

It features performances by artists — Art Stamper and Moran Lee “Dock” Boggs — no longer living as well as new artists — 15-year-old Molly Slemp, who performs a beautiful version of the traditional “The Blackest Crow.”

Ralph Stanley, the elder statesman of bluegrass, performs an a capella version of the traditional gospel song, “Gloryland,” with Judy and Dan Marshall. And Blue Highway performs its original, “Union Man,” from 2001.

The Virginia-based Midnight Ramblers add a bluegrass version of “Roll On Buddy” to the mix. And Mitch Barnett updates the classic “Shady Grove” as a tale of inter-racial love.

Most of the rest of the album isn’t bluegrass, but it’s close enough for most fans —  Kentucky Wild Horse’s “Rock Andy” and Jean Ritchie’s “Pretty Saro” — and interesting when it’s not — the Traditional Seneca Singers and Dancers’ “Corn Dance.”

A good collection of Appalachian music.

Can’t find it in stores? Try www.LonesomeRecords.org.

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