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Linthead Stomp: The Creation of Country…

Linthead Stomp: The Creation of Country Music in the Piedmont South (2008)

by Patrick Huber

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Contrary to popular belief, the roots of American country music do not lie solely on southern farms or in mountain hollows. Rather, much of this music recorded before World War II emerged from the bustling cities and towns of the Piedmont South. No group contributed more to the commercialization of early country music than southern factory workers. In Linthead Stomp, Patrick Huber explores the origins and development of this music in the Piedmont's mill villages. Huber offers vivid portraits of a colorful cast of Piedmont millhand musicians, including Fiddlin' John Carson, Char… (more)



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Lint-head, U.S. dial., a worker n a cotton mill; (in contemptuous use) a person of whom one disapproves.
Stomp, n. Chiefly Jazz. A lively dance, usu. involving heavy stamping; also, a tune or song suitable for such a dance; stomping rhythm.

-- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd. ed. (1989)
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The textile mills not only produced an important body of folksongs; they also spawned a high percentage of commercial country singers (a phenomenon that needs to be explored).
--Bill C. Malone, Country Music, U.S.A., rev. ed. (1985)
"Many of the present generation, having moved to mill towns and coal camps, are being cut off from their inheritance of traditional music.
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