“It [Folk Music] was music that come from the heart and spoke to the heart. Rather than a song written to sell records, folk music was seen as music that reflected the real-life experiences of real people, singing about things that mattered. Ballads told stories of people’s lives, work songs set the rhythm of toil, spirituals voiced sorrow and hope, and reels offered a respite from the toil”

from Reds, Whites, and Blues: Social Movements, Folk Music, and Race in the United States

Music From The Heart

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