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Foster's Songs in Old-Time String Band and Bluegrass Music

Foster's Songs in Old-Time String Band and Bluegrass Music JOE WEED Foster ’s Songs in Old-Time String Band and Bluegrass Music In 2000, I produced an album of sixteen of Foster ’s tunes performed in traditional old-time string band and bluegrass styles, genres in which Foster ’s music has remained vibrant. The trajectories of some of the tunes I included on the album demonstrate their long-lasting appeal to subsequent generations. First, a couple of caveats. This article comes from a professional mu- sician and producer, not a trained musicologist or music historian. Sec- ond, my experience is with late nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-r fi st- century American traditional string band, folk, bluegrass, new acoustic, and other related forms of vernacular music. Clearly, Foster has had a significant influence on many other genres as well. But in this short ar - ticle, I focus on those with which I’m most familiar. State songs, as well as the echoes of Foster ’s “Swanee” on subsequent songwriters from Tin Pan Alley through the 1940s, provide additional examples of Foster ’s long-lasting impact on American music. Joe Weed owns and works at Highland Studios in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Los Gatos, California. He is a music and video producer, and has http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Foster's Songs in Old-Time String Band and Bluegrass Music

American Music , Volume 30 (3) – Apr 24, 2013

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Abstract

JOE WEED Foster ’s Songs in Old-Time String Band and Bluegrass Music In 2000, I produced an album of sixteen of Foster ’s tunes performed in traditional old-time string band and bluegrass styles, genres in which Foster ’s music has remained vibrant. The trajectories of some of the tunes I included on the album demonstrate their long-lasting appeal to subsequent generations. First, a couple of caveats. This article comes from a professional mu- sician and producer, not a trained musicologist or music historian. Sec- ond, my experience is with late nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-r fi st- century American traditional string band, folk, bluegrass, new acoustic, and other related forms of vernacular music. Clearly, Foster has had a significant influence on many other genres as well. But in this short ar - ticle, I focus on those with which I’m most familiar. State songs, as well as the echoes of Foster ’s “Swanee” on subsequent songwriters from Tin Pan Alley through the 1940s, provide additional examples of Foster ’s long-lasting impact on American music. Joe Weed owns and works at Highland Studios in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Los Gatos, California. He is a music and video producer, and has

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Apr 24, 2013

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