Corn Bread is an All-American traditional staple of rural cuisine with widely-varying ingredients depending on the region of the country but universally enjoyable, especially as part of a meal prepared for old and/or new friends.The words .traditional. or .folk. may connote something precious or sacred, something not to be tampered with, but I don.t look at it that way and I don.t treat these songs like museum objects. I borrowed lyrics from one for the other, and changed melodies to suit my mood, and put some drums and electric guitars with them.The great purveyors of folk music always put their own stamp on things. Like good home-cooked food, it.s gonna come out a little different each time you make it. No sense in worrying too much over it. It.s like your cornbread batter - don.t stir it up too much, just put it together and let it cook.. . Tim O'Brien, from the liner notes to Cornbread Nation. Sugar Hill. 2005.