Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Modern Day Collectors


When I think about folk music collectors, I usually think of early musicologists tramping through the Appalachians to document traditional ballad singers in the 19th century. Or maybe John and Alan Lomax, carrying an acetate disk recorder in the back of a station wagon to rural parts of North America.

But even today, there are dedicated musicians who are tracking down older musicians and recording their songs, stories, and tunes. Here's a link to an NPR piece about one group of modern day collectors. Good to know that there are people out there preserving some of our rich musical heritage.

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