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Thread #104731   Message #2150830
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
16-Sep-07 - 10:02 PM
Thread Name: how important is the label traditional singer?
Subject: RE: how important is the label traditional singer?
No, Peace, as to all the other songs I sing I'm either a revivalist or a singer-songwriter. I either learned them from records (remember records?) or LPs (remember LPs?) or CDs, or from people who learned them from those sources. Or I've written a few along the way. "I Was Born in Cincinnati" is the only one I know and sing that came to me in a real, honest-to-God aural traditional way, with the indications that it "lived" in the "folk" and was passed down.

Unless you want to count such folk songs as Rock-a-Bye Baby and its ilk. If you want to count those, then there's no question that "the tradition" still exists, making Greg Stephens' assumption no assumption at all.

Dave Oesterreich