What strikes me most is an aesthetic that seeks to gather work in such a way that it reveals and humanizes the music, the traditions rather than mystify and mythologize them. He explains at one point in the article:
“That doesn’t take away the strength or power of some of these old tragic songs or very intense blues. I mean, there certainly is this poetic and musical intensity—but the singers and musicians are human beings. They’re not mythical characters in some miasma of weirdness."