Yes, Skiffle music was a relative of appalachia/bluegrass music...or more to the point, music for the people. Folk music at it's best. I loved Lonnie Donegan.
The story behind that tune, was that the record company executives wanted Jimmy Driftwood to record it,............IF he would take out the D**n and H**L. He refused, Johnny Horton would do it their way. The rest is history. You should check out the other Jimmy Driftwood videos there, playing on a homemade guitar, made from a fence post and his great-great grandmothers headboard of her bed. And at 80+ years of age picking a tune with very nimble fingers in the Carter family style tradition.
God, I love music!
"I don't have pet peeves...I have whole kennels of irritation." --Whoopi Goldberg