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For the hard-core roots or folk music fan

John Jacob Niles spent much of his life collecting folk songs and ballads from the American South, and would sing them in an expressive falsetto. Some of these songs, like "Frog" and "Hangman," will be familiar to anyone who listened to Burl Ives or Peter Paul and Mary -- although Niles's versions are much less commercial and much closer to the way you would have heard them sung, had you grown up before lights were electric and music was recorded. He wrote "I Wonder as I Wander" based on a fragment of a carol he heard at a tent revival, and it is one of the most haunting American Christmas tunes. This album won't be for everybody -- his voice is just too unique. But if you love American roots music, you will love this man.


Born: April 28, 1892 in Louisville, KY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Music played an important part in the early life of John Jacob Niles, and he would spend his life collecting, composing, and performing folk songs. By the age of 15 he had begun collecting songs in the Appalachian Mountains, a habit he would continue while serving as a ferry pilot in the U.S. Air Corps during World War I. Niles remained in France after the war, studying music at the Universite de Lyon and the Schola Cantorum in Paris. He would continue his studies for two more years at the Cincinnati...
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