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Desert Dancer 22 Sep 10 - 12:37 PM
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Subject: MT: Ballads in early country recordings
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 22 Sep 10 - 12:37 PM

Mike Yates has written a nice article for Musical Traditions entitled, "When Cecil Left the Mountains", on the appearance of traditional songs with English roots -- ballads and broadsides of the sort that Cecil Sharp was seeking in the Appalachians -- in the repertoire of artists who were recorded in the early days of commercial country/old-timey music in the U.S. (before 1942).

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: MT: Ballads in early country recordings
From: Rain Dog
Date: 23 Sep 10 - 03:47 AM

Thanks for pointing that article out. I will give it a read in the next few days. I did like this bit from an interview with Frank Buckley Walker by Mike Seeger in 1962:

"At one point during the interview, Mike Seeger asked, "In the early days, they seemed to record a lot of English kind of ballads." To which Walker replied:

That is right. That's where so many of these things came (from). And yet, it's a strange thing that you could take an English ballad of some sort and it got its way to this country and it settled at the foot of a mountain in North Carolina, and it had words put to it by the people in that area down through the years. And when you go to the other side of the mountain and you find the same tune, the same melody but with a different set of words, to fit their likes or their particular location. Originally much of that came from England and Wales"

I like the idea of songs settling at the foot of a mountain waiting for someone to carry them over.


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Subject: RE: MT: Ballads in early country recordings
From: Martha Burns
Date: 23 Sep 10 - 11:52 PM

A useful article!
Thanks for posting it, Becky.


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