Folk Music and the Hudson Valley: The Reflective Surface of the Melting Pot

By Cody Elliott

A common refrain from Europeans, who have had the privilege of watching at a distance, is that America doesn’t recognize what’s great about its own culture- or that we don’t believe we have a culture. A couple of centuries in, and there seems to be some truth to this. We’ve always had an inferiority complex regarding the art of the “old world,” whether that means idolizing Victorian poets yesterday or Italian fashion brands today. Certainly, we’ve never been great about providing economic opportunities to our artists- the narrative we tell in h