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The speaker is a 27-year-old White woman with a high school education from Prophetstown, Illinois; she was recorded in 1968.
3:20-5:30


County: Whiteside
State: IL

Commentary:
Prophetstown, named for an Indian prophet, is a small rural community on the Rock River in northwestern Illinois, surrounded by good farm land; its population over the last 40 years has hovered around 2,000. The speaker mentioned listening to country music as one of her hobbies; in this excerpt it is apparent how she enjoys it and has learned about it.
Inf: Country music was developed originally from the folk music sang by the people in the hills. And people of Irish and Scottish descent, Anglo-Saxon in other words. And they uh started just picking up different instruments and playing them. Then it evolved into a song about the life, or, as they lived it, where they uh, were. And then it sort of branched off into two different groups, three really. Folk music, which remained the, a lot of the original flavor, blue grass, which is considered the [?] and well, hill-billy, mountain banjo music and stuff that um takes off and goes to things that Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs play, or Bill Monroe an' lot of Roy Acuff's stuff, that sorta thing. Then, on the um, other side branched out and became what's known as a modern Nashville sound, that um, incorporates a steel guitar. And that was brought about from the, originally the Hawaiian guitar and the dobro guitar. They were sort of joined together and people invented a rather elaborate deal called, uh, with um pedals, which has become known as the pedal steel and is the basis of a lot of your country music. A normal country music band, just the normal group that goes around, would probably be five or six pieces. There's always the lead guitar, the rhythm guitar, you normally, in a good group or a professional group, they've got the steel guitar, and a bass, plus a drummer. Or some of 'em use, of course, fiddles, banjoes, which makes it more of a bluegrass sound, or the um stuff that Burl Ives does, which is just a plain guitar, which is more the folk music sound. Or, uh, the s-, stuff like western swing that Hank Thompson does. And um, Bob Wills. And then there's, lot of 'em when they make their records, particularly their personal appearances sound different because they use a different band. Normally a um, they add pianos and violins and all kinds of different things for background music.

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