Exploring American Folk Music
Ethnic, Grassroots, and Regional Traditions in the United States

By Kip Lornell

336 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 78 b&w photographs, index

978-1-61703-265-3 Printed casebinding $65.00S

978-1-61703-264-6 Paper $30.00S

Printed casebinding, $65.00

Paper, $30.00

The perfect introduction to the many strains of American-made music

Exploring American Folk Music: Ethnic, Grassroots, and Regional Traditions in the United States reflects the fascinating diversity of regional and grassroots music. The book covers the diverse strains of American folk music--Latin, Native American, African, French-Canadian, British, and Cajun--and offers a chronology of the development of folk music in the United States.

The book is divided into twelve chapters covering topics as seemingly disparate as sacred harp singing, conjunto music, the folk revival, blues, and ballad singing. It is among the few textbooks in American music that recognizes the importance and contributions of Native Americans as well as those who live, sing, and perform music along our borderlands, from the French-speaking citizens in northern Vermont to the extensive Hispanic population living north of the Rio Grande River. "The Folk Roots of Contemporary Popular Music" includes detailed information about the roots of hip hop.

This edition features a new chapter on urban folk music, exploring traditions in our cities, with a case study focusing on Washington, D.C. Exploring American Folk Music introduces the reader to important figures in American music such as Bob Wills, Lydia Mendoza, Bob Dylan, and Muddy Waters, who helped shape what America sounds like in the twenty-first century. It also features new sections at the end of each chapter with up-to-date recommendations for suggested listening, reading, and viewing.

Kip Lornell, Silver Spring, Maryland, teaches in the music department at The George Washington University. His research in American vernacular music has resulted in the publication of over one hundred articles and record notes, record projects, and several documentary films.

336 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 78 b&w photographs, index