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Crusaders for Old-Time Music

Although my parents raised me in the suburbs less than ten miles from the National Mall in Washington, D.C., they reared me on Southern traditional music. I still remember the joy, as a child, of singing with them and listening to wondrous field recordings made by the pioneer collectors of the thirties, especially John and Alan Lomax, and, in my teens, learning to play the banjo—sometimes playing for twelve hours a day.

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