Here in Surry County, old-time music is mostly instrumental, based around fiddle and banjo, and it’s intense and driving. Since American old-time music was “discovered” in the 1970’s, it has been adopted and played enthusiastically around the world. It’s the intense, bluesy, fiddle-driven Surry County sound that has become synonymous around the world with American old-time music.
If you are listening to a string band from Tokyo or from Oslo, you are probably listening to the Surry County sound… From Folkways
This project was supported by a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership, which works to preserve, interpret, and promote the heritage of the North Carolina mountains and foothills.