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Folk Revival Connection

Folk Revival Connection

The Musicians

Chapter:
(p.117) Chapter Six Folk Revival Connection
Source:
Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California
Author(s):
Mark F. DeWitt
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604730906.003.0006

The American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s stimulated outsider interest in Louisiana French music and culture. This chapter discusses how some revivalists from a hotbed of old-time country music and bluegrass activity in northern California found their way to Louisiana French music. It profiles four individuals—Will Spires, Eric Thompson, Suzy Rothfield Thompson, and Delilah Lee Lewis—for whom the folk revival became their initial frame of reference for Cajun and Creole music and the conduit through which they made contact with musicians from Louisiana.

Keywords:   American folk music, revivalists, country music, bluegrass, Louisiana French music, Will Spires, Eric Thompson, Suzy Rothfield Thompson, Delilah Lee Lewis

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