There’s an immediacy and a starkness that’s there. I think a lot of Leadbelly’s arrangements and his use of the 12-string guitar were atypical, especially the 12-string, which showed his individuality. I guess he approached it that way because the 12-string was louder. Leadbelly and the punk rock aesthetic - maybe there are some similarities there.
-Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt)