- NickLv 41 month ago
It comes from post-civil war busking and medicine shows. The music these buskers knew are things like field chants and gospel music and English folk songs and they combine these traditions. The intimate environment of these small crowds allows for more expressive performances and quieter instruments like the acoustic guitar. The solo or small group nature of them allows for more idiosyncratic arrangements and performances.
longshotblues talks about pain and despair. Personally I think this kind of thing tends to maybe be a bit overstated and mythologized, but it is also worth mentioning that the people that were busking are not just artists driven to the stage, but blind people and crippled people who couldn't get other kinds of work. But as I stated at the beginning, medicine shows are part of this development also, not just buskers.
- JohnLv 71 month ago
You will find that is is closely related to the use of Google: