Mudcat Café message #3605148 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #153775   Message #3605148
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
26-Feb-14 - 03:06 PM
Thread Name: English vs. American folk culture
Subject: RE: English vs. American folk culture
Smithsonian Folkways has issued a new CD, featuring Flaco Jimenez and Max Baca. This reminded me that where I was raised in New Mexico, I don't believe I ever heard an "English," or eastern American folksong until the folkie 1950s.
Old Spanish and Mexican songs and dances, and the Tex-Mex border music. was our folk music, and a couple of the songs popular in the California Gold Rush. The rest were the popular songs we heard on the radio or played on the phonograph.

The only other songs close to folk that I remember, are "A Capital Ship" and "Barnacle Bill."