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  American folk music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
American folk music is a broad category of music including country music, gospel, old time music, jug bands, Appalachian folk, blues, Tejano and Cajun and Native American music.
Roots musical forms reached their most expressive and varied forms in the first two to three decades of the 20th century.
American roots music was the subject of a documentary series on PBS in 2001.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/American_roots_music   (369 words)

 PBS - American Roots Music : Into the Classroom - Historical Background
American roots music draws on the lived experience of ordinary men and women, who were and often still are defined and limited by cultural constructions of race, class and gender.
Musical cross-fertilization was also hastened by the development of communication technology such as the wax cylinder recorder, the phonograph, juke boxes, the motion picture camera and the radio, which spread regionally based music to broad audiences across the country.
The continuing popularity of roots music throughout the course of the 20th and into the 21st centuries is testimony to its appeal and vitality as a set of musical genres that speak to - and of - the human condition, through very different historical periods.
www.pbs.org /americanrootsmusic/pbs_arm_itc_historical_background.html   (1897 words)

 DVD Verdict Review - American Roots Music
American roots music is a collective name for the various music genres such as country, blues, gospel, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, zydeco, tejano, and Native American.
The history of American Roots Music is presented in a four part series that utilizes music clips and interviews with both original and contemporary artists, music scholars, and entrepreneurs.
The music of the Cajun culture of southwest Louisiana, its fl interpretation (zydeco), Tex-Mex or tejano music of southern Texas, and the evolution of Native American music are all presented.
www.dvdverdict.com /reviews/americanrootsmusic.php   (1246 words)

 Home - Encyclopedia of Native Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Several parameters regarding inclusion of numerous artists and musical forms had to be considered for the initial volume.
It is impossible to create a definitive collection of Native music that includes all areas and genres and that spans decades and a continent.
EMI Music Canada will also be donating part of the proceeds from sales of this project to the 'Native Music Research Institute'.
www.encyclopediaofnativemusic.com   (433 words)

 Discover Bluegrass | discoverbluegrass.com
Listen to a genre that is often described as a "musician's music," open your ears to the high lonesome sound and you'll hear unparalleled virtuosity, improvisation, ground breaking techniques and the unmistakable originality that characterizes the bluegrass artist.
Music with soul is what gives bluegrass that divine quality, the spark that causes it to speak to you.
Feel the way music is played when the artist gives it to you straight from their heart to yours.
www.discoverbluegrass.com   (295 words)

 American Roots Music - A Review
During the twentieth century scholars and musicians began to recognize the distinct heritage of American music while the phonograph, radio, and TV made regional music available to everyone.
Perhaps the outstanding achievement of American Roots Music is the number of rare clips that have surfaced.
This familiarity guarantees that the knowledgeable roots fan will not be jumping up from his or her Lazy Boy every few minutes to correct a mistake in the narrative.
www.documentaryfilms.net /Reviews/AmericanRootsMusic   (1011 words)

 Roots of Rhythm   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The oral tradition that folk music was a century ago changed after World War I. Americans took their music with them as they migrated to cities and radio stations broadcasted it to ever increasing audiences.
American Roots (the film and book)is a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Expirence Music Project (EMP).
Though not an exhaustive study, the book is a celebration of the uniquely American blending of sounds that welcomes all to sample the mix and add ingredients of their own.
www.kidscastle.org /channels/arts/articles/artsarticle18.html   (261 words)

 A Traditional Music Library of folk music, tune-books, songbooks and sheet music
The traditional music here is split into 22 different songbooks or tune-books, each dedicated to a particular type of traditional folk or roots music.
There are musical scores with chords from which you can print sheet music and lyrics, there are also MIDI files to play so you can hear what the tunes sound like.
With old-time, the emphasis is much more on tunes and dance music, and often a deliberate effort is made to perform the music in the same way as it might have been done in the rural settings of 100 years ago.
www.traditionalmusic.co.uk   (1131 words)

 American Roots Music
The first recorded music is given a large section, with historic recording snippets of country, blues, and the beginnings of the Grand Ole Opry on radio with highlights of Jimmie Rodgers and the early recordings of the Carter family.
Country and folk music roots and blue grass are explored with segments on Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs.
Extras-Besides the extra musical numbers included on each disc (not seen in the PBS special) the packaging is attractive with two clam shell covers surrounded by a paper slip cover.
www.dvdcorner.net /html/amroots.html   (793 words)

 angrycoffee.com feature: american roots music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
American Roots Music, the box set, is a first cousin to American Roots Music, the 4-part PBS documentary series and the American Roots Music companion book.
Together they add up to a comprehensive look at this country's roots music tradition, amassing in one collection many of the seminal songs and artists from the blues, country, gospel, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, tejano, zydeco and Native American catalogues.
They are meant to illustrate the rich diversity of American roots music, and to inspire further listening and digging.
www.angrycoffee.com /feature/palm   (152 words)

 American Music: Subject Guides: MIT Libraries
A bibliography of nineteenth-century American piano music, with locationsources and composer biography-index.
Hettinger, Sharon L. American organ music of the twentieth century: an annotated bibliography of composers.
Women in American music: a bibliography of music and literature.
libraries.mit.edu /guides/subjects/music/american.html   (742 words)

Although it contains absolutely no mention of the infamous Soggy Bottom Boys, American Roots Music is a must-see television documentary for anyone that dug O Brother.
Roots mentions artists like this but doesn't dwell on them as long as you'd think, let alone for an entire episode.
Also disturbing is the fact Roots' numerous interviews and live performances of current acts are shot on video, which kind of makes the whole project seem incredibly amateurish.
www.sick-boy.com /americanroots.htm   (390 words)

 Caroline Horn - selected articles - American Roots Music
American music is a record of our history.
In 1877, Edison invented the phonograph, which allowed people to hear "captured" music unlike their own; by the early 1900s, the updated Victrola was a treasured possession of many rural families.
There are also some wonderful videos that explore this music, including High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music, which features legend Bill Monroe; Down From The Mountain, a documentary about the musicians in O, Brother; and American Roots Music, a riveting four-episode PBS series that includes historical and contemporary footage of twentieth-century musical pioneers.
www.carolinehorn.com /writing.html   (1101 words)

 World Music
You probably wouldn't recognize Occitan if you heard it sung, although you might place the music "somewhere in France." Provence, the Mediterranean south to be precise, is where colonial expats from French North and West Africa and the Caribbean long have entered France as low-wage immigrant laborers.
Formed in 1981, Càlic are accomplished performers and curators of the traditional music of Sardinia (Alghero, Alguer).
Although she was in North America, she fell in love with ghazals, the sophisticated musical love poems of India she was exposed to by her parents.
www.rootsworld.com /rw   (1324 words)

 Latin American music and dance
A form of music and dance of the Caribbean, calypso had its primary development in Trinidad, where it is associated particularly with the pre-lenten carnival.
Rhumba is an American term for various Cuban song and dance genres--for example, the son or BOLERO, which are not actually rumbas but were popular dance music styles in the United States during the 1930s and '40s.
Its roots are in the Latin dance music of the 1940s--which used trumpets, flutes, and voices--and the dance rhythms of the 1950s that have had varying degrees of popularity since then--the rhumba, mambo, and chacha.
users.wpi.edu /~arivera/music.html   (1483 words)

 American Roots Publishing: Board Of Directors   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
She was named the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year in 1980, honored with the Academy of Country Music’s Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award in 1992 and Billboard Magazine’s Century Award in 1999.
In September of 2002, The Americana Music Association honored Harris with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her role in creating, cultivating and performing American roots music.
During her career in the music industry, Saviano has established herself as a respected music journalist, television producer, marketing expert, and tireless promoter of Americana music and artists.
www.americanrootspublishing.org /board.html   (2479 words)

 Amazon Shopping with Shwing! - American Roots Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
It is an incredible education in not only popular American music and culture, but history, and should be required viewing and listening in high schools.
As such things go, American Roots Music is decent enough, though inevitably anyone who knows the music will wonder at the omissions (for example, of Dock Boggs or any of the classic old-time string bands).
However, anyone with some knowledge of roots music who is looking for a "new jem" is probably going to be disappointed.
www.shwing.com /amazon/index.php?Operation=ItemLookup&ItemId=B00005OAY6   (1237 words)

 Honky Tonks, Hymns & the Blues: American Music From Back Roads To Big City
The banjo and fiddle were the primary voices of early American roots music; the guitar was a plaything of the rich and elite.
In a life as colorful as the songs he sang, the "father of country music," rose from obscurity to create a new level of international stardom for American music.
Their music reflected the diverse population of the Southwest -- with German polkas, and waltzes, Spanish guitar and violins, and bits of blues and jazz from the fl sharecroppers that they had worked beside in the fields.
www.honkytonks.org   (1785 words)

 Roots & Rhythm - Thousands of roots music CDs on line
We started into root music mail order more than 25 years ago which has now been augmented with our on-line store.
Over the years we have had the good fortune to be able to use the services of a number of music writers and many of the recordings we offer come with reviews.
We want to sell you music but if we think a title is no good we'll tell you so.
www.rootsandrhythm.com   (294 words)

 American Roots Music Education
American Roots Music Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed in 2004.
American roots music is music that developed in the United States and includes styles such as bluegrass, jazz, Tejano, blues, folk and Native American music.
These types of music are usually not well covered in school textbooks, discussed at any length in classrooms, or available to the community in public, family-oriented venues, yet the music is important to all Americans since it reflects our diversity as a society and our cultural history.
www.americanrootsmusic.org   (285 words)

 American Routes: radio show from New Orleans
In the meantime, American Routes is housed at KRVS-FM at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, in the heart of Acadiana.
Explore the musical territory of the Texas-Louisiana border: It’s a fertile frontier where country, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, jazz, blues and boogie merge into one another.
American Routes visits the flashy zydeco accordion man Nathan Williams; Shreveport, Louisiana, singer Dale Hawkins tells stories of his early rockabilly hit "Suzy Q"; and jazz pianist/songstress Nellie Lutcher talks about growing up in southwest Louisiana, then playing music in the other LA - Los Angeles.
www.americanroutes.org   (359 words)

 Sing Out! The Folk Song Magazine: Romancing The Folk: Public Memory And American Roots Music. . - Biography & History - ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
For example, he uses "vernacular" to mean essentially the opposite of so-called "classical" music: [Vernacular] songs employ a musical language that is current, familiar and manipulable by ordinary people, [demanding] only minimal formal training and material resources to produce it.
The book's subtitle, Public Memory and American Roots Music, addresses the subtle creation of what Filene calls a national "public memory." Here, he carefully explores the process by which certain songs and performers enter the canon of American folk music while others are excluded or experience only temporary inclusion.
When discussing the tireless later work of American and British ballad collectors Francis James Child and Cecil Sharp in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the author explains how their creation of research materials exclusively for other scholars kept folk music from a wider audience.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1197/is_3_45/ai_81827686   (726 words)

 American Roots Music [DVD]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Each 1-hour episode features seminal historic footage and musical performances by the pioneers of American music and traces the cultural evolution that shaped and influenced our rich tapestry of music.
Some great footage of real music legends edited into obscenely short clips with unenlightening narrative commentary by a bunch of folk-music has-beens and nobodies vieing for the viewers sympathies by maundering on cluelessly about the fabled sufferings of the American underclasses.
The PBS American Roots Music series - both the 4 part documentary on DVD and 4 CD boxed set - is a commendable work.
www.dvdvan.com /info/B00005Q65K/American_Roots_Music_[DVD].html   (1836 words)

 ABC News: American Roots Music Documentary
The fresh talent came from cowboys, hillbillys, jazz musicians and gospel singers who were creating new forms of American music.
The task of documenting roots music spanned four years, as Brown researched 175 archival sources and interviewed performers including Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson and Pete Seeger who talk about their own musical heroes.
Blackwell says even people who are not fans of blues or country music should tune in to "hear and see the roots of the music we listen to every day on the radio and to learn how pure music used to be."
abcnews.go.com /Entertainment/story?id=101658&page=1   (588 words)

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