American Folk Music: 1920-Present
Leadbelly imprisoned 1918, again imprisoned in 1930.
John Lomax and his son, Allen, set out across the south to search for archival folk music in southern prisons.
Found Huddie in a Louisanna prison, and in 1934 Leadbelly was released on "good pardons" from the Govonor, and Leadbelly drove the Lomax's car continuing the search.
They recorded a archive of southern/black-folk for the Library of Congress, and most of the recordings coming from Leadbelly.
In 1940, Woody Guthrie moved to New York City in the heart of Greenwich Village, which he moved in with and befriended Leadbelly. As well as Pete Seeger, White, and the joining John Lomax.
Creating the Almanacs.
The Weaver's took the rough edge off of folk and propelled the mainstream "folk boom" or anglo-folk boom during the 1950's.
1960 the Folk Revival was underway with influences by Bob Dylan and Joan Biez who took the voice of their generaton and created music.
Staged in Newport, Rhoade Island, the Newport Folk Festival would yeild the generation-to-generation switch of folk from being black-folk to anglo-folk.