• Patricia Peknik


In 2000, Revenant Records released Volume 4 of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, a compilation of fiddle music, gospel, and blues. Two French Louisiana groups are included in the collection: the Hackberry Ramblers playing “Dans le Grand Bois” [In the Forest], and the Four Aces performing “Aces’ Breakdown,” both recorded at the St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans in 1938. In the liner notes, guitarist John Fahey, who had been so inspired fifty years earlier by the release of Volumes 1–3, poses the question, “Why did Harry Smith choose to end the set with Cajun? Did Smith sympathize or idealize with the agrarian, Acadian French farmers who refused to move to cities and become urbanized and English and turn their backs on their religion?”


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  • Patricia Peknik
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  1. 1.Berklee College of MusicBostonUSA

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