› Encyclopedia of US Folk Music02/Jul/2021
After 50 Years, Riley Shepard's Encyclopedia of Folk Music is finally available. Its full title is The Master Book of American Folk Song: an encyclopedia of the traditional music and folk songs of the United States.
Shepard was was an American country musician, songwriter, and folk music archivist. He began his encyclopedia in the 1960s and by 1976, had single-handedly catalogued and coded more than 43,000 folk songs, along with their derivative works and variant lyrics. Nota Bene: lyrics only, not notation.
This is an amazing resource. A labour of love to list thousands of American folk songs. Worth reading the background story, then you can head over to the archive at https://archive.org/details/masterbookofamericanfolksong00shep.