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Transatlantic Roots MusicFolk, Blues, and National Identities$
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Jill Terry and Neil A. Wynn

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617032882

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617032882.001.0001

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American Balladry and the Anxiety of Ancestry

American Balladry and the Anxiety of Ancestry

(p.57) 4 American Balladry and the Anxiety of Ancestry
Transatlantic Roots Music

Erich Nunn

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the work of one of the most famous authorities on American folk music, John Lomax, and in the particular case study of Bradley Kincaid’s telling and retelling of the acquisition of a “hound dog guitar. ” It examines cowboy and mountain songs and their reading by first Lomax and then Kincaid in terms of an “Anglo-Saxon ancestry” that demonstrates the manner in which investments in racial difference structure the way folk music is understood as it is formed and re-formed across the Atlantic at different times.

Keywords:   American folk music, John Lomax, Bradley Kincaid, hound dog guitar, cowboy songs, mountain ballads

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