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Thread #159367   Message #3776239
Posted By: Brian Peters
02-Mar-16 - 08:34 AM
Thread Name: American versus Canadian folk music
Subject: RE: American versus Canadian folk music
The other obvious factor that makes the music of the US South distinctive is the huge African-American influence, both in terms of blues and gospel music, but also in 'white' styles like string band and bluegrass (especially regarding the banjo).

As to why the music of The South has come to define 'American Folk Music', it might be due partly to the early recording industry (Bristol sessions etc), and to the work of Alan Lomax.