Get Down River

The best thing about the series as a whole is that it calls attention to the diversity of American music and to how the various traditions are being carried forth, not necessarily by professional musicians but by people who play just for the love of it, too -- people like the Skalclub Spelmanslag, a Wisconsin group that contributes the endearing "Red-Headed Swede," and the Ste. Genevieve Guignolee Singers, who celebrate the new year by dressing in 18th-century costumes, going from tavern to tavern to sing a somewhat randy French tune and getting fabulously wasted in the process. As the artist formerly known as Johnny Cougar would say, "Ain't that America

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