Exploring American Folk Music: Ethnic, Grassroots, and Regional Traditions in the United States [NOOK Book]


The perfect introduction to the many strains of American-made music

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Exploring American Folk Music: Ethnic, Grassroots, and Regional Traditions in the United States

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The perfect introduction to the many strains of American-made music

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Editorial Reviews

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"In this expanded and updated new edition Kip Lornell leads the reader on a delightful and authoritative journey through some of the diverse local musical traditions of American music and directs them to many wonderful audiovisual resources newly available on the Internet."

-Anthony Seeger, Director Emeritus of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

"An authoritative and appealing introduction to the variety, evolution and staying power of vernacular music traditions in the United States."

-Jeff Todd Titon, author of Early Downhome Blues, Powerhouse for God, and Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617032660
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Series: American Made Music Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 860,706
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Kip Lornell is a member of the music faculty at The George Washington University. His books include The Beat! Go-Go Music from Washington, D.C. (co-authored with Charles C. Stephenson, Jr.) and Shreveport Sounds in Black and White (co-edited by Tracey E. W. Laird), both published by the University Press of Mississippi. His research in American vernacular music has also resulted in the publication of over one hundred articles and record notes, record projects, and several documentary films.

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Table of Contents

Exploring American Folk Music

A Preamble to the Third Edition xi

A Prelude to the Second Edition xv

Preface and Acknowledgments xix

1 Start Here! 3

Introduction 3

The Roots of Twenty-first-Century Folk Music 6

Music in Our Daily Lives and in the Academy 9

Denning American Folk Music 12

Cultural Geography and Traditions 16

Folk Culture in the United States 17

Bred in the Bone 21

Listening to American Folk Music 25

Instruments 27









Mouth Bow




Final Thoughts 36

2 Mass Media 42

Introduction 42

Minstrel and Medicine Shows 43

Recording the Blues 47

Record Companies and Folk Music 51

Country Music over the Airwaves 54

Border Radio 58

The Ancestors of MTV and VH-1 61

Uncle Dave Macon and the Electronic Media 62

Final Thoughts 64

3 FieldWork in Twenty-First-Century America 69

Musical Communities and Fieldwork 70

Accomplishing Fieldwork 73








Some Nuts and Bolts of Fieldwork 77

Final Thoughts 80

4 Anglo-American Secular Folk Music 82

British Ballads 83

Broadsides 87

Native American Ballads 89

Singing Cowboys 91

Tin Pan Alley and Country Music Texts 96

Ernest Stoneman's Repertoire 98

The Father of Bluegrass 99

Honky-Tonk 106

Western Swing 107

Final Thoughts 110

5 Anglo-American Sacred Music 118

Psalmody 119

Shape Notes 120

Camp Meetings 125

Shakers 128

Later Hymnody and Gospel Songs 129

Sanctified Styles 133

Southern Gospel Boogie 135

Final Thoughts 138

6 African American Religious Folk Music 143

The Great Awakening and Camp Meetings 144

Spirituals 146

Ring Shouts 150

Gospel 153

Pentecostal Singing and Guitar Evangelists 158

Preachers on Record 162

Gospel Quartets 163

Final Thoughts 166

7 African American Secular Folk Music 171

Work Songs 172

String Bands 176

Fife and Drum Bands 178

Ragtime and Coon Songs 180

Ballads 181

Songsters and Rural Music 186

Down-home Blues 189

Modern Blues 191

Final Thoughts 195

8 Ethnic And Native American Traditions 202

Jewish American: Klezmer 207

Native American 210

Music and Ceremony Today

Musical Characteristics



Hawaiian American 220

Franco-American 224

Cajun Country


Northeastern States

Scandinavian American 234


Instrumental Music

Polka and More Polka!

Norwegian American Folk Music

Final Thoughts 241

9 The Hispanic American Diaspora 251

The Southwest 253

Tex-Mex Music



Native American Influences

Florida 270

New York City 274

Final Thoughts 276

10 The Folk Revivals 281

Red Roots 284

The Mass Media and Popular Culture 288

Field Research 291

The 1960s Folk Revival 292

A British Invasion 306

The Blues Boom 307

Back to the Mountains 309

New Entrepreneurs and Frontiers 314

Final Thoughts 318

11 The Folk Roots of Contemporary Popular Music 323

Black Codes from the Underground 324

Improvisation in Black Musical Culture 325

Rhythm and Blues 332

Rockabilly 334

Early Rock 'n' Roll and Rock 337

Motown and Soul 341

Hip-Hop and Rap 342

Country Music Today 344

Final Thoughts 345

12 Urbm Folk Music 350

Introduction 350

Blues and Gospel in Chicago 353

San Antonio's Country and Conjunto Traditions 357

Washington, D.C. 359

Country Music


Final Thoughts 375

Selected Song Index 379

General Index 382

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