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"Niles's stories and the songs themselves flesh out the line drawings of preservationist recordings."―Green Man Review
"The histories accompanying each ballad in this work are delightful histories, anecdotes and vignettes, interesting in and of themselves."―Kentucky Libraries
"Niles has really given us two books in one: a superior 'Child-ballad' songster, [and] a series of descriptions, anecdotes, and folksay from informants. . . . For more than fifty years he has made a traditional culture seem as beautiful as his own devoted and dignified spirit."―New York Herald-Tribune
"His most ambitious effort in a long and rich career."―New York Times
"A treasure trove for musicians, living history enthusiasts, and many other readers."―Reviewers Consortium
"His comments are as valuable as the songs are beautiful. . . . A marvelous book."―Washington Post