From the 1940s through to the 1990s, folklorist Alan Lomax drove thousands of miles through the US countryside recording music. Had he not done so, a lot of important American music would have gone undocumented and unheard.
Now those 17,000+ recordings have been made available through The Association for Cultural Equity. As a musical and historical resource, it’s stunning.
If you’re at all interested in this kind of history, give yourself time to spend a few hours in the archive. You’ll be amazed at what you hear.