Ebony Hillbillies.

You never know what you might see in a New York City subway. If you’re lucky, it’ll be a group of older black men playing old-time string music. The Ebony Hillbillies play everything from classic tunes like “Oh Susannah” to Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.” Fiddler and vocalist Henrique Prince argued that it’s not that strange to hear their down-home music in such a “Yankee” town.

“This is going to be a great shock to you — you might want to hold on to something — but the oldest made board banjo in the United States was found up in Carytown, N.Y.,” Prince says. “The truth is that the music is based all over the country, so it’s no big deal for Northerners to play it. I guess because they say music is a universal language, and even within different genres of the music, it’s still universal.”

Read more from Prince here.

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