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simpler times that never were

Acomment in classic banjo forums:

there is a great desire for many people to play illiterate. Movies always show cowboys “making their mark.” Reading 19th century accounts of cowboys (Andy Adams Log of a Cowboy and W.S. James 27 Years a Mavrick [sic] for example) paints a different picture of the cowboy’s education level.

I seem to have fallen into this trap of thinking that a great deal of folk music is fake. Composed to capitalize on a market of nostalgia. I guess fake is not the correct word. Written for the masses longing for simpler times that never were.

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