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  American folk music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
American folk music, also known as Americana, is a broad category of music including Native American music, Bluegrass, country music, gospel, old time music, jug bands, Appalachian folk, blues, Tejano and Cajun.
Folk musicians like the Kingston Trio, pop-Tejano and Cuban-American fusions like boogaloo, chachacha and mambo, blues-derived rock and roll and rockabilly, pop-gospel, doo wop and RandB (later secularized further as soul music) and the Nashville sound in country music all modernized and expanded the musical palette of the country.
American roots music was the subject of a documentary series on PBS in 2001.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/American_folk_music   (523 words)

  
 Salon | Sharps & Flats
It's not surprising that his avowed goal in releasing "The Anthology of American Folk Music" was to alter a nation's consciousness.
(Folk revivalists of the '50s and '60s wrongly considered this volume to be the weakest of the bunch.
Today's popular music is a layer of frost spread thin over the depths of "The Anthology," and as we scratch its surface, break the ice and immerse ourselves in its amniotic fluids, we might find that this time around, Harry Smith's done something far more impressive than change the world -- he's changed us.
www.salon.com /music/sharps/1997/10/06smith.html   (1233 words)

  
 American Folk Music, Music CD, Traditional Folk Music, Folklore, Sea Shanties, Folk Hymns, Folk Song, Folk Ballads Folk ...
In recognition of their significant contributions to the folk music world, the Patons have been honored by the California Traditional Music Society, the Memphis Dulcimer Festival, the Eisteddfod Festival of Traditional Arts in Massachusetts, and other organizations.
His deep love of traditional music developed from listening to his mother reading aloud to him and to his siblings such ballads as "Sir Patrick Spens" and "Lord Randall." Recordings of Jules Allen singing songs of the west, ordered by the family from Sears and Roebuck, introduced him to America's folk music.
Over the thirty-nine years of their association, he helped to produce more than 120 recordings of folk and folk-related contemporary music, but it was the traditional field recordings Folk-Legacy was able to release that gave him his proudest moments.
www.folk-legacy.com /store/UserMods/about.asp   (1258 words)

  
 American Folk Music - Rainbow Sign -> Tom Russell
Jim Ringer was a mainstay of the California folk music community in the 1970's, and this collection of tracks drawn from his various Philo and Flying Fish LP's shows why.
Eclectic traditional music, Boston style, from the height of the 60's folk revival, sung with the conviction that then prevailed, and presented this time around with excellent sound quality, a vintage cover photo, and lofty critical notes by Peter Knobler of Crawdaddy Magazine.
Russell is a very American singer-songwriter, weaving songs about all sorts of people and all sorts of dreams, and singing in a style sometimes reminiscent of John Prine, sometimes of Greg Brown, but more often staunchly original.
www.rootsandrhythm.com /roots/AMERICANFOLK/americanfolk_r.htm   (1720 words)

  
 KET Arts Toolkit | Music | Comparing Native American and American Folk Music
Folk instruments were made from what was available to American settlers: gourds for banjos, wood for dulcimers.
The student gives at least two legitimate aspects of the music of Native Americans and contrasts each one with at least one way that American folk music is different.
OR, the student names one legitimate aspect of the music of Native Americans and tells at least one way that it is different from American folk music.
www.ket.org /artstoolkit/music/lessonplan/117.htm   (1955 words)

  
 Hobart Smith, Saltville, Virginia :American Folk Music, Music CD, Traditional Folk Music, Folklore, Sea Shanties, Folk ...
Much of this informal music and discussion was taped and from these reels we have excerpted Hobart's own story and his views on the music he plays as he told it in his own words.
The early phonograph records were, in fact, the first adequate documentation of folk music, since it is now recognized that just noting the tune and the verses on paper is barely half the story.
To do this job, Hobart had to be very much in tune with the musical "aesthetic" of his community and up until the time of his meeting with Alan Lomax in 1942, he was probably not aware of the significance of preserving the older traditional songs.
www.folk-legacy.com /store/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=40   (843 words)

  
 village voice > music > Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, Volume Four by Robert Cantwell
This is music as swift and irresistible as a computer virus, music sung and played at just the moment that the highway construction crew, or the newspaper reporters, or the TVA bureaucrats, or the recruiting officers, or the real estate agents, are putting down stakes—and in some degree played to them.
This is a music at the cusp of change, music that knows where it is and goes ahead anyway, with a gratified and gratifying irony that springs from irreversible entanglement with all-encompassing power.
But experienced song catchers eventually learn that between religious conviction and musical power there is no real distinction—precisely why there are few if any traditional singers, fl or white, who can sing gospel songs and secular songs in the same period of their lives.
www.villagevoice.com /music/0031,cantwell,16939,22.html   (2069 words)

  
 American Folk Music - Slavek Hanzlik -> dave Hull   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Not happy music on the whole, but much of it, particularly on the first disc, is moving in ways that elude most writers, folk or otherwise.
The result of a head-on collision between the folk revival and the counterculture, these guys got their material from old time country and country blues 78s, then filtered them through their skewed perspectives and came up with stuff like this.
Not only is his vibrant baritone one of the great voices in folk music, as this delightful retrospective demonstrates, but his point of view is also one of the most direct and honest in his corner of the music business.
www.rootsandrhythm.com /roots/AMERICANFOLK/americanfolk_h.htm   (1449 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Anthology of American Folk Mus: Music: Various   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Music is ill-suited to being described in words, so I'll use an entirely different experience to try and convey what listening to this Anthology is like.
The "Anthology of American Folk Music" put together by Harry Smith was originally issued in 1952 in three volumes of 2 LPs each, with a total of 84 tracks collected from old records.
It is said that this collection played a seminal role in the folk music revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s, influencing and inspiring the generation of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.
www.amazon.ca /Anthology-American-Folk-Mus-Various/dp/B000001DJU   (1786 words)

  
 Folk Music
Folk music often expresses the character of ethnic and social groups and sometimes a nation.
Folk music is usually learned by listening rather than by reading the notes or words.
Roots Music encompasses a variety of different musical genres and their offshoots, such as alternative country, traditional country, American folk, blues, and bluegrass--all forms of music that are themselves deeply rooted in, and directly proportional to, the ongoing development of American society and culture.
www.42explore.com /folkmusic.htm   (1433 words)

  
 Anthology of American Folk Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Music living deep in the rural environs of the Appalachians, Mississippi Delta, Georgia, Alabama and neighbouring states rich in fl influences of religious African/American, blues guitar and banjo.
Rich in folk culture, having travelled far, the journey wasn't over - for after travelling on the backs of medicine shows, miners, railroad workers, chain-gangs, storytellers, travelling minstrels, riverboats and migrant workers, modern day folkies (among others) were to adapt the melodies - and themes.
Like an acorn or mustard seed, many branches were to spread forth - folk music's late '50s and the more lauded early 60s boom not the least.
www.folkmusic.net /htmfiles/webrevs/fp251.htm   (603 words)

  
 Folk Music - MilesofMusic.com
A sort of folk music for the indie lo-fi set with a host of instrumentation ranging from the standard guitar, bass and drum combo to instruments more colorful.
From a background in musical theater, he took his folk music roots and added an eccentric twist.
Born in the heart of the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky and raised on the folk music of that area, Ballads From Her Appalachian Family Tradition delivers just what the title promises.
www.milesofmusic.com /folk_music.html   (1024 words)

  
 Folk Music Albums Available on CD (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)
The Library of Congress and Rounder Records have joined together in a project to reissue on compact discs American folk music from the legendary Library of Congress series Folk Music of the United States.
Afro-American Folk Music from Tate and Panola Counties, Mississippi
(Rounder CD 1521) In the 1940s, the Wisconsin Folk Music Recording Project, sponsored by the Library of Congress and the University of Wisconsin, took Helene Stratman-Thomas and other fieldworkers on a collecting expedition around Wisconsin to document a folk music that reflects the colorful pattern of immigration and and occupational development in the state.
www.loc.gov /folklife/rounder.html   (1352 words)

  
 american folk music - Books, journals, articles @ The Questia Online Library
Records...furthermore, varies from other American folk music in the uses to which it is...by a number of students of American folk music, numerous examples are cited...
American folk music--Evaluation, Folk music, American--Evaluation, Folk music--Forecasts and trends, Music festivals--Forecasts and trends
The music in the revue moves from the rural roots of traditional American folk music into the more urban, social protest music of the mid-20th century.
www.questia.com /search/american-folk-music   (1718 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: Anthology Of American Folk Music (Edited By Harry Smith): Music: Various Artists   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
This definitive examination of the roots of America's musical family tree is of monumental importance.
The roots of all modern music are here and this stuff certainly did influence a generation or two or three.
This is the collection of songs and music that inspired almost everybody on the hip side of life in the 60's.
www.amazon.co.uk /Anthology-American-Music-Edited-Smith/dp/B000001DJU   (1129 words)

  
 BBC - Radio 2 - Critical List - Anthology of American Folk Music
The Anthology of American Folk Music, originally released in 1952 by Folkways, is Smith's single-handed exploration of indigenous music in the USA.
The American folk tradition, by virtue of the enormous range of influences, was particularly vibrant, waves of immigrants bringing the indigenous music of their native cultures with them (not always voluntarily, it has to be said, in the case of African Americans).
Also, folk music's connection to the lives of everyday working people meant it was adopted as a paragon of authenticity, closely allying folk to left wing politics (something which continues to this day.)
www.bbc.co.uk /radio2/shows/criticallist/must_have_anthology.shtml   (776 words)

  
 PBS - American Roots Music : Episode Summaries
For the first time, American "folk" music is defined as scholars and music industry entrepreneurs travel throughout the nation to record authentic cultural expression through field recordings, photographs, early newsreels, and ethnographic footage.
Roots music is influenced by the labor movement, WWII, urban migration, progressive politics and the McCarthy era.
During this period, folk music and the blues become intertwined with youth culture and social and political causes like the Civil Rights and anti-war movements.
www.pbs.org /americanrootsmusic/pbs_arm_episode_summaries.html   (476 words)

  
 Robert Christgau: Anthology of American Folk Music
At a time when folk music encompassed Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, tame Piedmont bluesmen, guitar-strumming fellow travelers, and the Lomax corpus, Harry Smith convinced the world that it was something far weirder and more exciting.
Smith is rightly renowned for ignoring racial distinctions--the musical and thematic connections he draws transcend fl and white (forget brown--Latinos, unlike Cajuns, are absent).
But that doesn't make all music equal, and for most listeners, the "race records" will average out a notch or two two better than the "hillbilly"--because they're less repressed, musically and sexually.
www.robertchristgau.com /xg/cdrev/smithson-cut.php   (979 words)

  
 Apples & Oranges: Anthology of American Folk Music
The predominantly white "country music" audience may not recognize anyone whose work is represented here, though nearly all (maybe all) of these recordings were made by rural Southerners who drew inspiration from a great mass of oral history and "traditional" material.
In other words, one might say that the Anthology consists of "country music," as opposed to "town music," but to say so without qualification would be misleading, in light of what the phrase "country music" has come to signify since the 1930s.
Because this music was recorded before the advent of studio production technique - without overdubs and mixing to balance the volume of each instrument - they demand somewhat more attentive listening than contemporary recordings.
members.aol.com /hsauertieg/music/aafm.htm   (1281 words)

  
 Traditional American folk music festivals, concerts & more!
The songs of the south and the folk dance tunes of the region provide a looking glass offering a treasured glimpse of history of American folk music and culture.
The fiddle and banjo were favorite sources of entertainment for pioneer settlers, and these two popular American folk instruments still sing out among the sounds one hears today when visiting the beautiful Ozarks.
American folk musicians of regional and national renown perform at the Ozark Folk Center's evening concert programs as well as entertaining Park visitors during daylight hours.
www.ozarkfolkcenter.com /crafts-herbs-music/music   (319 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Anthology of American Folk Music (Edited by Harry Smith): Music: Various Artists   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Perhaps I'm not as scholarly as many of the previous reviewers in terms of the historical nuances of American Folk Music, and possibily that academic perspective is necessary to fully savor this set.
It is a four CD set (it still has much more music than this Anthology set; the six CD's here are not that long) and there isn't a bad song on any one of them.
It has a broader scope: folk, bluegrass, acoustic blues, and lots of very unique stuff that is somewhere between vaudeville and burlesque.
www.amazon.com /Anthology-American-Music-Edited-Smith/dp/B000001DJU   (2074 words)

  
 American Folk Songs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Guitar Masters presents this collection of authentic American Folk tunes for your enjoyment.
Folk music records the pain, sorrow, joys, and affairs of the heart from a bygone era.
It is an accurate reflection of a moment in time when community, family, and friends shared hardships and pleasure.
guitar-primer.com /Folk   (59 words)

  
 Folk Music Archives
Digital interviews of American folk artists, groups and venues of the 50's and 60's with "Voice Clips", Pictures and Archival Information.
As a repository of Folk Music Archives interviews, The Library of Congress American Folklife Center ensures that archival research, recordings and interviews are properly utilized and protects all intellectual property and copyrights.
Frank Shane of Folk Music Archives is interviewing, documenting and archiving their individual and collective stories.
www.folkmusicarchives.org   (230 words)

  
 FYS: Anthology of American Folk Music
The eighty-four recordings in this set were made between 1927, when electronic recording made possible accurate music reproduction, and 1932 when the Depression halted folk music sales.
During this five year period American music still retained some of the regional qualities evident in the days before the phonograph, radio and talking picture had tended to integrate local types.
The rub is that it's rather expensive (over $80), especially given that each of the 6 CDs only has about 45 minutes of music on it (the length of the corresponding LP from the 50's).
www.mrs.umn.edu /~mcphee/Courses/1999_2000/Fall/FYS/Anthology.shtml   (715 words)

  
 Smithsonian Folkways - Anthology of America Folk Music - Old Time Songs - African American & Afro Music
The Anthology of American Folk Music, Edited by Harry Smith, is one of the most influential releases in the history of recorded sound.
It inspired a generation of musicians to go in search of the traditions, and, in some cases, the musicians whose recordings Harry Smith had selected to include in the Anthology.
It played a seminal role in the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, which has had lasting political, economic, and aesthetic impact on American culture.
www.folkways.si.edu /learn_discover/anthology/anthology.html   (411 words)

  
 Jelly review: Anthology of American Folk Music
It is a carefully edited compendium of one man’s view of American folk music, drawing exclusively from commercial recordings originally released from 1927 to 1932.
Although there are recording cylinders containing folk songs from as early as 1888, the period captured here dates from the beginning of electronic recording to the general shutdown of the folk music industry due to the Great Depression.
Being folk music, there’s also an implied freedom to rewrite the songs when they’re re-recorded.
www.jellyroll.com /06/anthologyof.html   (1214 words)

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