Ray Allen interweaves biography, history, and music criticism to follow the band from its New York roots to their involvement with the commercial folk music boom. Allen details their struggle to establish themselves amid critical debates about traditionalism brought on by their brand of folk revivalism. He explores how the Ramblers ascribed notions of cultural authenticity to certain musical practices and performers and how the trio served as a link between southern folk music and northern urban audiences who had little previous exposure to rural roots styles. Highlighting the role of tradition in the social upheaval of mid-century America, Gone to the Country draws on extensive interviews and personal correspondence with band members and digs deep into the Ramblers' rich trove of recordings.
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- ISBN-13: 9780252077470
- ISBN-10: 0252077474
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press
- Publish Date: September 2010
- Page Count: 309
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
Series: Music in American Life (Paperback)