February 16, 2018

Lester Raymond Flatt

Flying Fish FF-015

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1975
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
A1 Come Back Darling (2:43 )
A2 The Wreck Of The Old 97 (3:30)
A3 Remarks (0:40)
A4 Some Old Day (2:49 )
A5 Listen To The Mockingbird (4:03)
A6 When It's Time For The Whippoorwill To Sing (2:40)
A7 Remarks (0.40)
A8 Down The Road (2:01)
B1 I Won't Care (2:23)
B2 It Was Only The Wind (3:09)
B3 Remarks (0.20)
B4 My Cabin In Caroline (3:43)
B5 Remarks (0:28)
B6 Sleep With One Eye Open (3:14)
B7 Foggy Mountain Chimes (2:11)
B8 That Old Book Of Mine (3:08)
Lester Flatt (guitar/vocals) Curley Seckler (mandolin/vocals) Kenny Ingram (banjo/vocals) Paul Warren (fiddle/vocals) Charlie Nixon (dobro) Marty Stuart (guitar/mandolin) Jack Hicks (bass) Buddy Spicher (fiddle)
Bluegrass Musician. A native of the Cumberland Plateau in East Tennessee, he ranks as one of the all-time preeminent lead singers of Bluegrass music. Born in Sparta, Tennessee, he left school in 1931 at an early age to work in the local textile mills. While working in the mill, he got a partime job at radio station WDBJ to perfom with "The Charlie Scott Harmonizers". Later he would team up with Clyde Moody and perform a few shows in and around Burlington,North Carolina. It was then in 1943 that he realized that he may have a hopeful career in music and quit textiles to join full time with Charlie Monroe's "The Kentucky Partners". His wife, Gladys, also joined and toured with the group. Lester Flatt and his wife moved to Nashville in 1944 and was soon hired by Bill Monroe to play in his "Bluegrass Boys Band" for the next four years. In 1948, he would form a partnership with Earl Scruggs, which would last for twenty one years as the most popular duo Bluegrass act. "Flatt and Scruggs" would breakup over musical differences in 1969. Durning the early 70's, Lester Flatt teamed with "The Foggy Mountain Boys" to record and perform live shows, including the Grand Ole Opry. In 1975, his health began to decline; however, he still remained fairly active up until November 1978 when he experienced some serious health problems. He returned to the Opry in March 1979 and would fall ill again and die two months later in May. "Flatt and Scruggs" will always be remembered as one of the greatest duos in Bluegrass music.

February 15, 2018

The Irish in America: Long Journey Home: The Great Hunger

Musicians: Van Morrison, Chieftains, Mary Black, Vince Gill, Sinéad O'Connor, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Mick Moloney, Sissel, Eileen Ivers, Elvis Costello & Irish Film Orchestra, Actors: Michael Murphy, Claire Bloom, Jason Robards, Elvis Costello & Sinéad O'Connor, Directors: Mark Zwonitzer & Thomas Lennon, Writers: Mark Zwonitzer, Thomas Lennon, Oren Jacoby, Richard Ben Cramer & Thomas N. Brown, Producers: Beth Levison

Unisphere 09026-68963-2

Long Journey Home is the soundtrack for the PBS/Disney production of the story and celebration of the Irish in America. It is produced by Paddy Moloney, which immediately sets it apart. Among others contributing to this dazzling aural painting are the Chieftains, Vince Gill, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, and the Irish Film Orchestra. This is a strongly consistent work, but if forced to pick out highlights, one might run from the haunting version of "Shenandoah" by Van Morrison and the Chieftains through the controlled power of Sinéad O'Connor's version of "Skibbereen" and the beautiful work of Sissel to the finale of "Long Journey Home (Anthem)," composed by Costello and Moloney and sung by Costello. This is a seamless blend of traditional and original Irish music that stands on its own as an outstanding piece of work, and at the same time not only complements, but also enhances, the documentary it goes with.

February 13, 2018

Bessie Smith: The Empress

Columbia G-30818

Format: 2xVinyl, LP, Compilation, Mono
Country: US
Released: 1971
Genre: Blues, World, & Country
Style: Jazz, Blues
A1 Sing Sing Prison Blues (3:03)
A2 Follow The Deal On Down (3:16)
A3 Sinful Blues (3:09)
A4 Woman's Trouble Blues (3:04)
A5 Love Me Daddy Blues (3:13)
A6 Dying Gambler's Blues (2:56)
A7 St. Louis Blues (3:09)
A8 Reckless Blues (3:01)
B1 Sobbin' Hearted Blues (3:00)
B2 Cold In Hand Blues (3:12)
B3 You've Been A Good Ole Wagon (3:28)
B4 Cake Walkin' Blues (3:07)
B5 The Yellow Dog Blues (3:01)
B6 Soft Pedal Blues (3:17)
B7 Dixie Flyer Blues (3:07)
B8 Nashville Woman's Blues (3:41)
C1 Muddy Water (3:06)
C2 There'll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight (3:28)
C3 Trombone Cholly (3:10)
C4 Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair (3:21)
C5 Them's Graveyard Words (2:57)
C6 Hot Springs Blues (3:02)
C7 Sweet Mistreator (3:09)
C8 Lock And Key (2:57)
D1 Mean Old Bedbug Blues (3:48)
D2 A Good Man Is Hard To Find (3:00)
D3 Homeless Blues (3:34)
D4 Looking For My Man Blues (2:48)
D5 Dyin' By The Hour (2:58)
D6 Foolish Man Blues (2:53)
D7 Thinking Blues (3:07)
D8 Pickpocket Blues (2:42)
Liner Notes & Producer: Chris Albertson, Artwork: Philip Hays, Designers: Henrietta Condak & John Berg
A1: December 6, 1924
A2 & A3: December 11, 1924
A4 & A5: December 12, 1924
A6: December 13, 1924
A7 & A8, B1 to B3: January 14, 1925
B4 & B5: May 5, 1925
B6: May 14, 1925
B7: May 15, 1925
B8: May 26, 1925
C1 & C2: March 2, 1927
C3 to C6: March 3, 1927
C7 & C8: April 1, 1927
D1 & D2: September 27, 1927
D3 & D4: September 28, 1927
D5 & D6: October 27, 1927
D7 & D8: February 9, 1928
Liner notes include a brief extract from "Bessie," a biography of Bessie Smith by Chris Albertson, to be published by Stein and Day in January, 1972. © 1971 by Chris Albertson.

February 12, 2018

Lightnin' Hopkins

Folkways Records FS-3822

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1959
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Texas Blues
A1 Penitentiary Blues (2:55)
A2 Bad Luck And Trouble (3:49)
A3 Come And Go With Me (3:56)
A4 Trouble Stay 'Way From My Door (2:10)
A5 See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (3:13)
B1 Goin' Back To Florida (2:17)
B2 Reminiscences Of Blind Lemon (2:47)
B3 Fan It (2:36)
B4 Tell Me Baby (4:18)
B5 She's Mine (4:18)
Lightnin' Hopkins (guitar/piano/vocals)
Producer, Engineer & Photographer: Samuel B. Charters, Designer: Ronald Clyne
Sam Charters recorded legendary, Texas country bluesman Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins in 1959 before the revival of rural blues or country music. Nonetheless, this recording of Hopkins's first acoustic sessions was met with immediate critical acclaim and soon became recognized as a blues classic. Updated notes by Sam Charters and superbly remastered sound make this an invaluable reissue. "Hopkins's charm and wit shine as brightly as his sensual encyclopedic blues mastery." — Boston Globe

February 11, 2018

The Golden Eagle String Band - Body, Boots and Britches: Folk Songs of New York State

Folkways Records FTS-32317

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1982
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Old Time
A1 Captain Kidd (4:41)
A2 A Life On The Raging Canal (3:57)
A3 Napolean (1:08)
A4 Wrapped In Red Flannel (3:14)
A5 The Ballad Of Henry Green (4:36)
A6 The Buggery Boo (1:39)
A7 The Derby Ram (3:11)
B1 McKinley (3:49)
B2 Mermaid (4:14)
B3 I've Travelled All Around This World (3:04)
B4 Tebo (3:08)
B5 The Battle Of Plattsburg (5:14)
B6 New York Fiddle Tune Medley (4:03) Flower Of Donnybrook, Speed The Plough, Delaware Hornpipe, White Cockade, Mrs McLeod's Reel
Herbert Wise (accordion/kazoo) Laurie Outermans (autoharp) Mike Ryan (banjo) Larry Chechak (dobro/guitar/harmonica) Lynn Pilaroscia (fiddle) Mike Mumford (mandolin) Sue Clark (dulcimer) Daniel Flanigan (tin whistle/guitar) Bill McGrath (percussion) Pat DiVito (percussion) Jim Riley (guitar) Kathy McGrath (guitar) Bill Hullfish (bass/fife)
Producer: William Pottebaum Engineer: Larry Ellis and Michael Galane
Performed by the Golden Eagle String Band (who are still performing today), this collection brings together a sampling of songs that were collected by Harold W. Thompson in his book that bears the same name as the album "Body, Boots and Britches". The songs tell of the history of New York State, "from pirates to planters, legends to loggers, battles to ballads, New York tells its history through song." Liner notes by Jean Papalia detail New York State history. With song explanations and lyrics.

February 10, 2018

Woodstock Moutains: More Music From Mud Acres

Rounder Records 3018

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Country: US
Released: 1977
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass, Folk, Country
A1 Bluegrass Boy (3:17)
A2 Cold Front (3:09)
A3 Sleep With One Eye Open (3:10)
A4 Killing The Blues (3:47)
A5 Waiting For A Train (3:03)
A6 Morning Blues (2:37)
A7 Weary Blues (2:47)
B1 Mason Dixon's On The Line (2:23)
B2 My Love Is But A Lassie Yet (1:05)
B3 Woodstock Mountains (3:43)
B4 Long Journey (2:45)
B5 Sally Ann (2:50)
B6 Barbed Wire (3:00)
B7 Whole World 'Round (2:15)
B8 Amazing Race (2:28)
Artie Traum (guitar/vocals) Happy Traum (banjo/melodica) John Herald (guitar/vocals) Eric Andersen (guitar/vocals) Paul Siebel (guitar/vocals) John Sebastian (vocals) Lee Berg (vocals) Rory Block (vocals) Bill Keith (banjo) Jim Rooney (guitar) Pat Alger (guitar) John Sebastian (harmonica) Paul Butterfield (harmonica) Gordon Titcomb (mandolin) Roly Salley (bass)
Producers: Artie Traum, Happy Traum and George James, Designer: Pat Alger, Photographer: Ceci Sebastian, Engineers: John Holbrook, Thomas Mark and John Nagy
"Woodstock Mountain: More Music from Mud Acres" features Pat Alger, Happy and Artie Traum, Eric Andersen, Lee Berg, Rory Block, Paul Butterfield, John Herald, Bill Keith, Jim Rooney, Roly Salley, John Sebastian and Paul Siebel. This album brought it all together! Their peak. Recorded at Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville, N.Y., on January 13-15, 1977.

February 9, 2018

The McIntosh County Shouters: Spirituals and Shout Songs from the Georgia Coast

Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40214

Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 2017
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Gospel
01 Jubilee 2:23
02 Believer, I Know (3:40)
03 I Come To Tell You (4:36)
04 Walk With Me (4:41)
05 Drive Ol' Joe (3:31)
06 Went To The Burial / Sinner Weep So (5:31)
07 Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit (4:06)
08 Move, Daniel (2:38)
09 I Won't Turn Back (2:37)
10 Oh, My Loving Mother (2:51)
11 Army Cross Over (4:44)
12 Walk Through The Valley In The Field (3:34)
13 Daniel Saw That Little Stone (2:41)
14 In The Field We Must Die (2:36)
15 Oh, Lord, I Want You To Help Me (4:42)
16 I Wade The Water To My Knees (3:07)
17 This May Be Our Last Time (3:30)
Producers: Daniel E. Sheehy & Art Rosenbaum, Photographer: Margo Newmark Rosenbaum, Designer: Visual Dialogue, Engineers: Charlie Pilzer, Pete Reiniger & Shane Baldwin
Acclaimed upholders of the African American ring shout, the McIntosh County Shouters keep the faith, form, and fervor of the generations-old tradition rooted in their small community of coastal Georgia. Companion songs to the shuffle-step devotional movement called "shouting" have resisted slavery, strengthened spirit, and left us a cultural keystone for the future. Through their classic shout songs and spirituals, the Shouters beckon us to remember the past while envisioning the future of the African American cultural legacy. The collection is part of the African American Legacy Series, co-presented with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

February 8, 2018

Bluegrass Music '52 & '53: The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers

RCA Victor RA-5508

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Japan
Released: 1969
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
A1 You Broke Your Promise
A2 I'm Left Alone
A3 Nobody Cares (Not Even You)
A4 Twenty-One Years
A5 My Brown-Eyed Darling
A6 You Left Me To Cry
A7 That's Why You Left Me So Blue
B1 I'll Never Make You Blue
B2 Honky Tonk Blues
B3 You're No Good
B4 I'll Never Change My Mind
B5 Dirty Dishes Blues
B6 Five String Rag
Paul Williams (guitar/vocals) Ray Goins (banjo/vocals) Charlie Cline (banjo) Curly Ray Cline (fiddle) Charles Rex Parker (mandolin) Albert Punturi (mandolin) Ezra Cline (bass)
Recorded (A1-4) May 14, 1952 (A5-7, B1) October 19, 1952 (B2-6) August 4, 1953

February 7, 2018

"How to Sing with Others" with Chris Thile at the Kennedy Center

Singer-songwriters Aoife O’Donovan and Sarah Jarosz join virtuoso mandolinist, singer, and composer Chris Thile of Punch Brothers for How to Sing with Others, an open master class and workshop on vocal and string performance. This performance is part of the James A. Johnson Young Artist Series, made possible by Target.