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Old weird America,
This review is from: Anthology Of American Folk Music (Edited By Harry Smith) (Audio CD)
The folk music of America at first appealed to rural audiences and only entered the mainstream when it was watered down with hit singles for the Weavers.Later in the decade the college campus and the Hootenannys would enter with Bob Dylan as a sort of catalyst.
What's on here is at first hearing far removed from Blowin' in the Wind or the New Christy Minstrels but its where it began.
The Harry Smith Anthology was only known about to those who collected the Elektra and Vanguard labels and it would be years before the music mainstream acknowledged its existence and supposed importance.
But there's no doubt that Dylan took a lotta material from this collection and even passed some of it off as his own work
Few titles here would have figured on a 50s hit parade but in the next decade with more awareness of the history of blues and country at least the Carter Family would figure prominently especially aftr the Johnny Cash connection and songs would turn up on albums during the Urban Folk Revival as the artists involved would actually seek them out eg Walk right in-which the Rooftop Singers discovered via Gus Cannon 78s.Eventually the growing interest in Roots Music would draw more attention to what was at one time a specialist field