Austin Barney is an independent historian and musician. His Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology is from Columbia University, and he has been a musician for over 26 years. His interest in the roots of modern popular music has evolved into a blog dedicated to Blues, Folk, Gospel, Ragtime and other defining American genres from the pre-Civil War period through World War II. In addition, Austin writes, performs and records acoustic blues, rock, and electronic music. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.