Anthology of American Folk Music

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August 06, 2008



I posted a comment on my blog the other day, and it was there, and then it was gone. Anyway, your post here addresses most of my questions -- except, I think: so why would old Harry include a northern urban dance tune such as Moonshiner's Dance on an almost exclusively rural southern collection? What did he hear in it that made him think it belonged here?--while excluding contemporary "folk" artists of other regions, such as, say, Lydia Mendoza or Gene Autry. (Though I hadn't realized that Ken Maynard was a movie cowboy. I think I'd locate that tune in Hollywood, since that is where the singing persona of Ken Maynard was probably born.)

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