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Lonesome Road: The Roots of Bluegrass Harrison Sherwood

Lonesome Road: The Roots of Bluegrass

Harrison Sherwood

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ISBN : 9781906002213
Paperback
272 pages
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Lonesome Road examines the origins of the Bluegrass Backbeat. Inits migration from the black South into Appalachia it found an unlikely expression in the innovative fingerpicking style of Maybelle Carter,which spreadoutward all over America into anMoreLonesome Road examines the origins of the Bluegrass Backbeat. In its migration from the black South into Appalachia it found an unlikely expression in the innovative fingerpicking style of Maybelle Carter, which spread outward all over America into an style we now call country music. Rather than taking the more common encyclopedic or list-oriented approach, author Harrison Sherwood traces this fascinating music from its cultural and historical beginnings in the Appalachian culture of freed indentured servants whose isolation in mountain communities and desperate poverty both inspired the music and kept it pure. Sherwood also explores other music that contributed to the style — old-timey, hillbilly, and hokum — and their origins in European folk traditions. Individual profiles cover fabled figures likeSnuffy Jenkins, Uncle Dave Macon, and Jimmie Rodgers. Lonesome Road celebrates bluegrass not only for its musical qualities but also for its cultural importance and unique emotional appeal in representing the rural American working class and poor.