The Folkies Revive Stagger Lee
Performers such as Mississippi John Hurt were re-discovered by long-hair types in tweed jackets. For many of these artists, the opportunity to come out of retirement and play once again for an appreciative audience was more than they could have hoped for. In fact their new audiences were, in most cases, larger than they had ever played for and surely more profitable.
Interest in the nearly lost traditional music of Southern America spurred younger performers to explore these quaint and uniquely American styles. Groups such as the Journeymen, and the Kingston Trio found an eager audience.
Once again, “Stagger Lee” was adopted by yet another genre. The ballad qualities of “Stagger Lee” fit well within the realm of folk music.