John Jacob Niles

John Jacob Niles would be the ideal soundtrack for the ghostly tales of the Gothic – Texan writer William Goyen (an incredible short story writer by the way). Niles composed music and travelled around the US (mostly the Appalachians as far as I know) collecting traditional songs and turning them into something so haunting it gives you the chills.


3 thoughts on “John Jacob Niles

  1. wow! the songs are truly amazing and unique! I am not sure what is haunting or chilly about them though, I think they rather nice 🙂

    • I have never listened this music… well I’m not sure, some soundtracks could include similar songs. It is better to say I have never listened consciously!


      • I think he was kind of forgotten until a bunch of well known folk singers from the 60s or 70s started recording his songs. I can picture his music in a Tim Burton movie or something like that…

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