Leadbelly’s ‘Old Man’ and the Work Song Tradition


Reader Jake Schepps recently wrote in to tell us about an article featured on the NPR website. The article, Leadbelly’s ‘Old Man’ and the Work Song Tradition, is a historic look at Huddie Ledbetter’s songs and the impact they had on the music of his day. Bluegrass is never mentioned in the article, but the songs and tradition talked about in the piece are part of the background behind bluegrass music.

If you are interested in music history, you might want to give it a read.