Alan Lomax was a renowned folklorist, ethnomusicologist, and cultural historian who made significant contributions to the preservation and promotion of folk music. He was born into a family with a rich musical tradition in 1915, and his father John Lomax was also a renowned folklorist. In 1933, the two men embarked on a folklore project which took them all over the American South collecting songs and stories from the people they met. This work resulted in the publication of several books, including Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads (1934) and American Ballads and Folk Songs (1938).
In 1942, Alan Lomax began working for the Library of Congress’ Archive of American Folk Song where he catalogued and preserved folk music from all over the United States. It was during this time that he made many field recordings of traditional