What is American Roots Music?•Includes a wide range ofgenres•Country, bluegrass, folk, jigsand reels, blues•Instrumental and vocalmusic•Famous examples of artistsin this style: Alison Krauss,Pete Seeger, Bill Monroe,The Carter Family
The Ballad•Storytelling lyrics•Often features a cappellasinging•Sad tales, religious themesare common—sometimes inthe same songPete Seeger
Instrumental Music of theAppalachians•Fiddle, banjo, and guitar•Instruments came from avariety of locations andcultures.Example: Banjo was broughtto the United States byAfrican slaves.•The music itself alsoreflected influences fromother countries. English, Irish,and Scottish music areespecially prevalent.
The Carter Family•Alvin “A.P.” Carter, Sara Dougherty Carter,Maybelle Addington Carter•Popularity rose in conjunction with therise of recorded music.•Bristol Sessions in 1927•”The Big Bang” of country musicThe Carter Family
The Influence of the Carter FamilyJoan Baez•Bob Dylan-Wayworn Traveller to Pathsof Victory•Joan Baez-Wildwood Flower-Gospel Ship-Engine 143
Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys•Father of bluegrass•Creator of the now standardbluegrass instrumentation: fiddle,banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass•Notable for having multiple virtuosomusicians in the band: Lester Flatt,Earl Scruggs•Blue Moon of KentuckyBill Monroe
Blue Moon of Kentucky• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffhqOy_A8KM
The Folk RevivalPete Seeger•1940’s-1960’s•Renewed interest in American folkmusic•The Weavers (included Pete Seeger)•Famous songs performed byThe Weavers-Goodnight Irene-On Top of Old Smoky-Sloop John B.
American Roots Music Today•The music lives on•Alison Krauss and Union Station,Gillian Welch, Old Crow MedicineShow•O Brother Where Art Thou-Grammy awards for album of theyear and soundtrack album of theyear (2002)Alison Krauss