How “Traditional” Music Evolves

February 25, 2016 | By

American country music, particularly Appalachian, Bluegrass and other ‘Old Timey’ forms are deeply rooted in traditional music from the UK.

One of the things I find especially interesting is how influences can turn back on themselves, in a way, so that the original source becomes the subject of influence.

A great example of this is the adoption of American ‘traditional’ songs and the instruments of Americana music, by the current generation of UK roots music artists.

Here’s a video of Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin performing their version of the ‘traditional’ Bluegrass tune “Wichita”. Note Phillip’s use of the Dobro, an instrument developed in America.

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Category: Special Features, The Roots of Roots Music

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