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FOLK & COUNTRY


Railroad songs, bluegrass, zydeco, and more.
Origins: Early 20th century.


BOOKS


  • Been Here And Gone by Frederick Ramsey Jr., 1960.

  • The Kingdom of Zydeco by Michael Tisserand, 1998.

  • My Country, Too: The Other Black Music by Pamela E. Foster, 2000.

  • The Birth of the Banjo: Joel Walker Sweeney and Early Minstrelsy by Bob Carlin, 2007.

  • Sacred Steel: Inside an African American Steel Guitar Tradition by Robert L. Stone, 2010.

  • Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music by Diane Pecknold, 2013.

  • African American Folksong and American Cultural Politics: The Lawrence Gellert Story by Bruce M. Conforth, 2013.

  • The Gandy Dancers: And Work Songs from the American Railroad by Vanita Oelschlager, 2015 (Children’s Book).

  • Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South by Charles L. Hughes, 2015.

  • The Banjo: America's African Instrument by Laurent Dubois, 2016. ︎

  • The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland by Walter Thompson-Hernandez, April 2020. ︎

FILMS & SERIES



  • Gandy Dancers, dir. Barry Dornfeld and Maggie Holtzberg-Call, 1994. 30 mins. Free stream via Folkstreams. 

  • Give Me The Banjo, dir. Marc Fields, 2011. 1h 30m. Available to stream on Vudu for free.


PODCASTS & RADIO



  • Yeehaw” in NYTime’s Still Processing with Jenna Wortham & Wesley Morris, September 2019. 40 mins.

ARTICLES