December 26, 2017

Pioneering Women of Bluegrass: Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard

Smithsonian Folkways SF CD 40065

Format: CD, Compilation, Remastered
Country: US
Released: 1996
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
[Tracklist]
01 TB Blues 3:27
02 The One I Love Is Gone (3:08)
03 Who's That Knocking? (2:58)
04 Walkin' In My Sleep (2:08)
05 Won't You Come And Sing For Me? (2:45)
06 Can't You Hear Me Calling (3:13)
07 Darling Nellie (2:20)
08 Coal Miner's Blues (2:42)
09 Sugar Tree Stomp (2:06)
10 Train On The Island (1:41)
11 Cowboy Jim (2:03)
12 Lee Highway Blues (1:39)
13 Memories Of Mother And Dad (2:36)
14 Long Black Veil (3:19)
15 Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar (2:55)
16 Difficult Run (1:32)
17 Mommy Please Stay Home With Me (3:11)
18 Gabriel's Call (2:13)
19 Just Another Broken Heart (2:43)
20 A Distant Land To Roam (2:59)
21 John Henry (1:47)
22 I Just Got Wise (2:27)
23 Lover's Return (3:06)
24 A Tiny Broken Heart (3:02)
25 Take Me Back To Tulsa (2:13)
26 I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling (3:06)
[Credits]
Producer & Recorder: Peter K. Siegel, Liner Notes: Bill Vernon, Neil Rosenberg, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, Mastering Engineer: David Glasser, Designer: Visual Dialogue, Photographer: John Cohen & Barry Glickman
[Notes]
Recordings previously released on Folkways Records 31055 and 31034, issued in 1965 and 1973.
When Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard recorded these songs in the mid-1960s, bluegrass music was dominated by male performers. They selected their favorite songs and arranged them for a stellar group of sidemen—bluegrass legends Lamar Grier, Chubby Wise, David Grisman, and Billy Baker. Their widely admired performances made them role models for future generations of women in bluegrass. The 26 tracks have been remastered, resequenced, and newly annotated by the performers themselves. Includes Long Black Veil, The One I Love Is Gone, and I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling. "Hazel and Alice blast out vintage bluegrass-country soundsongs with fierce, raucous energy." — Time Magazine

December 25, 2017

Music for Children, Music by Children

Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 45081

Format: CD, Album,
Country: US
Released: 2017
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Children's
[Tracklist]
01 Go Waggaloo: Sarah Lee Guthrie (3:30)
02 Little Liza Jane: Elizabeth Mitchell (2:25)
03 Did You Feed My Cow?: Ella Jenkins (3:15)
04 Hop High Ladies (Hop Up Ladies): The New Lost City Ramblers (2:29)
05 Shake Sugaree: Elizabeth Cotten and Brenda Evans (5:00)
06 Race You Down the Mountain: Woody Guthrie (2:28)
07 ¡Que llueva! (Let it Rain!): Suni Paz (1:05)
08 Botana: José-Luis Orozco (1:46)
09 Go In and Out the Window: Jean Ritchie (0:59)
10 Yomi, Yomi: Ruth Rubin (1:37)
11 Jim Along Josie: Pete Seeger (2:06)
12 Kaa Fo: Dennis Allen, A. Kdjo Tettey, and W.K. Amoaku (1:16)
13 Bring Me a Little Water, Silvy: Lead Belly (0:51)
14 Here We Go Loopy-Loo: Pete Seeger (2:24)
15 Loop de Loo: Children in Lilly’s Chapel School, Alabama (1:42)
16 Charlie Over the Ocean: Children in East York School, East York, Alabama (0:54)
17 I Must See (Amasee): Children in Brown's Chapel School, Livingston, Alabama (1:32)
18 Here We Go Willowby: Children from Minisink Day Camp (1:34)
19 London Bridge: Children in New York City (2:03)
20 Twenty-Four Robbers: Children in Chicago (0:58)
21 Al citron: Children in Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico (1:20)
22 Gypsy in the Moonlight: Children at St. Belmont’s Home, Trinidad (2:03)
23 Jump Shamador: Children at P.S. 48, Bronx, New York (3:06)
24 Arroz con leche: Children in Cuenca, Ecuador (1:58)
25 A la rueda de San Miguel: Children in Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico (1:04)
26 Ambos a dos: Children in Loíza Aldea, Puerto Rico (4:49)
27 Camp Songs: Bill Bones: Children in New York City (1:43)
28 The Fox: Six boys in New York City (1:10)
[Credits]
Compiler & Liner Notes: Patricia Shehan Campbell, Cover Artwork: Keith Patterson, Designer: Natalia Custodio, Mastering Engineer: Pete Reiniger
[Notes]
Like eating, breathing, and sleeping, children sing because they must. Music, the universal language, is learned in the earliest years of life and remains vital thereafter. This rich collection invites listeners of all ages to revel and participate in the colorful world of Smithsonian Folkways’ children’s music collection, with both music created “for children,” showcasing our most celebrated storytellers and songwriters, and “by children,” featuring the unique ways children express and understand themselves and the world through song. 57 minutes, 36-page illustrated booklet.

December 22, 2017

The Earls Of Leicester: Rattle & Roar

Rounder Records CD 1166100002

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 2016
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
[Tracklist]
A1 The Train That Carried My Girl From Town
A2 Why Did You Wander?
A3 All I Want Is You
A4 Steel Guitar Blues Intro
A5 Steel Guitar Blues
A6 You Can Feel It In Your Soul
A7 A Faded Red Ribbon
A8 Just Ain't
A9 Mother Prays Loud In Her Sleep
B1 I'm Working On A Road (To Glory Land)
B2 Will You Be Lonesome Too?
B3 Flint Hill Special
B4 What's Good For You (Should Be Alright For Me)
B5 The Girl I Love Don't Pay Me No Mind
B6 Branded Wherever I Go
B7 Buck Creek Gal
B8 Pray For The Boy
[Credits]
Jerry Douglas (dobro/vocals) Shawn Camp (guitar/vocals) Johnny Warren (fiddle/vocals) Charlie Cushman (banjo/guitar) Jeff White (mandolin/vocals) Barry Bales (bass/vocals) Dan Auerbach (drums)
Liner Notes: Thomas Goldsmith, Photography: Anthony Scarlati, Design: Jimmy Hole, Mixing Engineer: David Ferguson, Mastering: David Glasser
[Notes]
The Earls of Leicester have discovered a kind of magic that, when harnessed, allows moments once relegated to memories to roar back to life. Old sounds rattle loose chains of space and time that have kept us from forgotten joys and who we once were. Suddenly, as we listen to and watch the Earls pick, saw, and croon, instead of contemplating once upon a time, we are living it. With their second album Rattle & Roar (Rounder Records), the Earls have conjured up a fresh batch of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs songs, delivered with their Grammy-winning signature blend of homage, virtuosity, and perspective. The inimitable Jerry Douglas (14-time Grammy-winner) remains the band’s producer and hypnotic Dobroist; blue-ribbon songwriter, singer, and producer Shawn Camp (Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton) still soars on lead vocals and guitar; revered multi-instrumentalist and sideman Jeff White (Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn) now deftly handles high harmony and mandolin; ace Nashville banjoist Charlie Cushman (Jimmy Martin, Mel Tillis) tackles banjo and guitars; topflight musician Johnny Warren (son of Foggy Mountain Boys’ Paul Warren) cuts in radiantly on fiddle; and the esteemed Barry Bales (Alison Krauss & Union Station) holds magnificently steady on vocals and bass. To capture the feel of a live show, Rattle & Roar was recorded in one room, with all of the band members around mics, no separation between them. The result pulses with impish joy, uniquely showcasing artists at the top of their game as they delight in their work not just as creators, but also as fans struck with childlike awe.

December 19, 2017

Balla Kouyate & World Vision: Traditional Malian Music from Massachusetts


Balla Kouyate is a griot and virtuoso player of the balaphon. Considered the predecessor of the xylophone and the first Mande instrument, the balafon is made up of wood slats of varying lengths. The slats are secured over two rows of calabash gourds, which serve as natural amplifiers. Each gourd is punctured with small holes over which Balla places thin plastic tape. The vibrating air rattles the plastic to create the desired sound. Were he back home in Mali, Balla would use spider webs (collected from kitchen walls) to cover the holes. The first known balafon dates back to the 13th century and remains under the guardianship of the Kouyate family. It is considered a UNESCO-protected Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Once a year it is brought out and played during a ceremony. In this concert Kouyate performs with singer Adjaratou "Tapani" Demba, Sekou "Pablo" Dembele, Makane Kouyate, Idrissa Kone, Daniel Day, and Raja Kassis.

Speaker Biography: To say that Kouyate was born into a musical family is an understatement. His family lineage goes back over 800 years to Balla Faseke, the first of an unbroken line of djelis, or griots, in the Kouyate clan. The members of this family are regarded as the original praise-singers of the Malinke people, one of the ethnic groups found across much of West Africa. Djelis are the oral historians, musicians and performers who keep alive and celebrate the history of the Mande people of Mali, Guinea and other West African countries. Kouyate frequently performs traditional music at weddings, baptisms, and other domestic ceremonies within the West African immigrant communities of Boston, New York City, and beyond, and also leads the fusion group World Vision. He often accompanies kora master Mamadou Diabate, 2009 Grammy winner in Traditional World Music, and in 2004 joined NEA National Heritage Fellow Sidiki Cond Kouyate for a month-long residency at Carnegie Hall. In 2010, Balla Kouyate was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in the Traditional Arts.

December 15, 2017

Concert: Archives Challenge by Various Muisicians


A variety of Washington D.C.-area folk musicions perform material taken from the Lomax Collection and other collections of the American Folklife Center.

The Library of Congress  For more information, visit the website of the Library of Congress

December 14, 2017

Gregg Allman: Southern Blood

Rounder Records 1166100054

Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 08 Sep 2017
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Rock
[Tracklist]
01 My Only True Friend (6:16)
02 Once I Was (3:56)
03 Going Going Gone (4:30)
04 Black Muddy River (4:37)
05 I Love The Life I Live (3:31)
06 Willin' (3:36)
07 Blind Bats And Swamp Rats (4:32)
08 Out Of Left Field (4:09)
09 Love Like Kerosene (4:17)
10 Song For Adam (6:21)
[Credits]
Gregg Allman (guitar/organ/vocals) Scott Sharrard (guitar) Marc Franklin (trumpet) Peter Levin (keyboards) Art Edmaiston and Jay Collins (saxophone) Steve Potts (drums) Marc Quinones (percussion) Ron Johnson (bass)
Producer: Don Was, Mastering: Ian Sefchick, Mixing: Bob Clearmountain

December 12, 2017

Snooks Eaglin: New Orleans Street Singer

Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40165

Format: CD, Album, Reissue
Country: US
Released: 2005
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Blues, Rock & Roll, Country
[Tracklist]
01 Looking For A Woman (2:25)
02 Walking Blues (2:58)
03 Careless Love (2:32)
04 Saint James Infirmary (2:20)
05 High Society (1:33)
06 I Got My Questionnaire (3:20)
07 Let Me Go Home, Whiskey (2:52)
08 Mama, Don't Tear My Clothes (2:07)
09 Trouble In Mind (2:46)
10 The Lonesome Road (1:46)
11 Helping Hand (A Thousand Miles Away From Home) (2:11)
12 One Room Country Shack (3:02)
13 Who's Been Foolin' You (2:22)
14 Drifting Blues (3:37)
15 Sophisticated Blues (2:06))
16 Come Back, Baby (2:06)
17 Rock Island Line (2:03)
18 See See Rider (3:08)
19 One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer (2:42)
20 Mean Old World (3:46)
21 Mean Old Frisco (2:32)
22 Every Day I Have The Blues (3:52)
23 Careless Love 2 (2:30)
24 Drifting Blues 2 (3:47)
25 The Lonesome Road 2 (1:27)
[Credits]
Snooks Eaglin (guitar/vocals)
Producer: Kenneth S. Goldstein, Recorder & Photographer: Harry Oster, Designer: Joe Parisi
[Notes]
Recorded and produced in New Orleans, March, 1958. Originally issued in 1959 by Moses Asch on the Folkways label as 'Snooks Eaglin: New Orleans Street Singer' (FA 2476).

December 9, 2017

Echo In The Valley: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Rounder Records H661002

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 2017
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass, Folk
[Tracklist]
A1 Over The Divide
A2 Take Me To Harlan
A3 Let It Go
A4 Don't Let It Bring You Down
A5 Medley: Sally In The Garden / Big Country / Molly Put The Kettle On
B1 My Home's Across The Blue Ridge Mountains
B2 Hello Friend
B3 If I Could Talk To A Younger Me
B4 On This Winding Road
B5 Come All You Coal Miners
B6 Bloomin' Rose
[Credits]
Béla Fleck (banjo/guitar/vocals) Abigail Washburn (banjo/tap dancing/vocals)
Designer: Jimmy Hole, Photographer: Jim McGuire, Engineer: Richard Battaglia, Mastering: Richard Dodd
[Notes]
With one eye on using the banjo to showcase America's rich heritage and the other pulling the noble instrument from its most familiar arena into new and unique realms, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn's second album Echo in the Valley is simultaneously familiar and wildly innovative.

December 6, 2017

Classic Harmonica Blues from Smithsonian Folkways

Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40204

Series: Smithsonian Folkways Classic Series
Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 2013
Genre: Blues
Style: Harmonica Blues, African American Music
[Tracklist]
01 Theme Song: Doctor Ross (2:54)
02 Heart In Sorrow: Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee (2:58)
03 Take Your Fingers Off It: Will Shade, Charlie Burse and Gus Cannon (2:52)
04 Nine Below Zero: Eddie Burns (3:33)
05 Bye Bye Bird: Charlie Sayles (3:09)
06 Gillum Blues: Jazz Gillum (2:13)
07 Crow Jane Blues: Sonny Terry 1:58)
08 Dog Days of August: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins (4:09)
09 Minglewood Blues: John Sebastian and the J Band (with Annie Raines) (3:41)
10 Good Morning Little School Girl: Doctor Ross (3:36)
11 Sweet Home Chicago: Phil Wiggins and the Robert Johnson Tribute Band (4:15)
12 One Way Out: Eddie Burns (2:25)
13 Boogie Baby: Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee (2:30)
14 Low Down Blues: Neal Pattman (4:08)
15 Hooka Tooka: Chambers Brothers (2:25)
16 Train Piece: Charlie Sayles (5:07)
17 Chicago Breakdown: Doctor Ross (3:40)
18 I Feel So Good: Warner Williams and Jay Summerour (2:00)
19 Barbara Allen Blues: Roscoe Holcomb (1:26)
20 Custard Pie: Sonny Terry and unknown washboard band (2:48)
[Credits]
Co-Producer & Liner Notes: Barry Lee Pearson & Jeff Place, Mastering Engineer & Audio Restoration: Pete Reiniger, Audio Restoration: Devin Bean, Photographer: Courtesy of Duncan Schiedt Collections, Editor: Chris Bamberge, Designer: Nora Simon
[Notes]
In the 1850s, clockmaker Matthias Hohner began making harmonicas in Germany. By the turn of the century, his market expanded to America where among countless others, African Americans claimed the instrument as their own. Classic Harmonica Blues from Smithsonian Folkways brims with the creativity of soulful harmonica greats of the 20th century, including Sonny Terry, Doctor Ross, Eddie Burns, Phil Wiggins, and more. Culled from the historic Folkways Records collection and live performances at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, these recordings take us to the heart of the classic American blues tradition. 66 minutes, 36-page booklet.

December 4, 2017

Dust Bowl Ballads Sung By Woody Guthrie

Folkways Records FH-5212

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1964
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Struggle & Protest
[Tracklist]
A1 Talkin' Dust Bowl Blues
A2 I'm Blowing Down
A3 Do Re Mi
A4 Dust Can't Kill Me
A5 Tom Joad
B1 The Great Dust Strom
B2 Dusty Old Dust
B3 Dust Bowl Refugee
B4 Dust Pneumonia Blues
B5 I Ain't Got No Home In This World Anymore
B6 Vigilante Man
[Credits]
Woody Guthrie (guitar/harmonica/vocals) Design: Ronald Clyne, Photography: Arthur Rothstein
[Notes]
Recorded in 1940, and later reissued by Folkways Recordings in 1950, Guthrie’s first album chronicles the American Dust Bowl through his prosaic style of talking blues. Using only guitar and vocals, the album follows the exodus of Midwesterners headed for California and mirrors both Guthrie’s own life and John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath. Along the way, characters are forced into theft, murder, and unbearable hardship against a biblical backdrop of the American West. Hugely influential, Dust Bowl Ballads has been revered by Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. In Hard Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People, Steinbeck wrote of Guthrie: "Harsh voiced and nasal, his guitar hanging like a tire iron on a rusty rim, there is nothing sweet about Woody, and there is nothing sweet about the songs he sings. But there is something more important for those who will listen. There is the will of the people to endure and fight against oppression. I think we call this the American spirit."

December 1, 2017

Pacific Northwest Medicine Songs of the Four Seasons

Smithsonian Folkways SFS CD 600173

Format: 4 CDs, Album
Country: US
Released: 2017
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, American Indian
[Tracklist]
Volume One • FALL
101 Fall: Every song I share… (1:02)
102 Fall Welcome Song (Duwamish) (1:17)
103 Fall Healing Song (Samish) (2:21)
104 Fall Work Medicine Song (Samish) (2:29)
105 West Song of the Fall (Samish) (2:32)
106 Fall Blue Star Chant (Samish) (2:28)
107 Fall Spirit Traveling Song (Squinamish) (3:12)
108 Fall Healing Song (West Saanich) (2:09)
109 Falling Leaf Song of the Fall (Kikiallus) (2:21)
110 Fall Walking Medicine Song (Samish) (2:41)
111 Fall Brushing Wind Song (Duwamish) (2:56)
112 Soul of the Fall (Swinomish) (2:44)
113 Fall Feast Song (West Saanich) (2:18)
114 Fall Mountain Song (Nooksack) (2:53)
115 Honoring the Ancestors Fall Song (Saanich) (2:38)
116 Fall Doctoring Song (Cowichan) (3:40)
117 Fall Farewell Song (Straits Salish) (1:58)
118 Words of Thanks from (2:31)
Volume Two • WINTER
201 About the Winter Medicine Songs 0:44)
202 Winter Snowflake Song (West Saanich) (2:20)
203 Winter Snow Wind Song (Swinomish) (2:41)
204 Winter Walking Snow Song (Cowichan) (2:24)
205 Winter Gift Song (Samish) (2:32)
206 Winter Fire Song (Swinomish) (2:06)
207 Winter North Wind Song (Samish) (2:02)
208 Winter Mountain Spirit Song (Saanich) (2:13)
209 Winter Snow Mountain Song (Samish) (2:13)
210 Winter Thunder Spirit Song (Kikiallus) (2:59)
211 Winter Water Serpent Song (3:33)
212 Winter Drumstick Song (Nuu-chah-nulth) (2:06)
213 Winter Jump Dance Song (Samish) (2:08)
214 Winter Jump Dance Song of the North (Samish) (2:04)
215 Winter Jump Dance Song of the South (Samish) (2:04)
216 Winter Jump Dance Song of the West (Samish) (2:47)
217 Winter Jump Dance Song of the East (Samish) (3:23)
218 Winter Moon Song (Swinomish) (1:41)
219 Winter Half Moon Song (Swinomish) (1:39)
220 Winter Spirit Song (Nuu-chah-nulth) (2:08)
221 Winter Spirit Traveling Song (West Saanich) (2:22)
222 Drumming for Spirit Traveling (Straits Salish) 1(2:09)
Volume Three • SPRING
301 These songs are a gift… 0:49)
302 Spring Welcome Song (Cowichan) (2:05)
303 Spring Rainbow Song (Puget Sound) (2:50)
304 Walking with the Spring Song (Kikiallus) (3:46)
305 Spring Bluebird/Jay Song (Vancouver Island) (3:44)
306 Spring Wind Song (Spokane) (2:48)
307 Spring Traveling Canoe Song (Kikiallus) (4:26)
308 Spring Water Song (Cowichan) (2:58)
309 Spring Petal of the Flower Song (Okanogan) (2:42)
310 Spring Grandfather's Song of Love (Samish) (3:47)
311 Spring Grandmother Wind Song (Samish) (2:30)
312 Spring Bumblebee Song (Nuu-chah-nulth) (4:10)
313 Spring Falling Leaf Song (Swinomish) (3:41)
314 Spring Dance Song (2:44)
315 Spring Whispering Wind Song (Swinomish) (2:41)
316 Spring Waterfall Song (West Saanich) (2:15)
317 Flower Spring Dance Song (Snoqualmie) (3:39)
318 'Indian Name (1:19)
Volume Four • SUMMER
401 About the Summer Medicine Songs (1:22)
402 Summer Welcome Song (Kikiallus) (2:59)
403 Summer Salmon Berry Song (Samish) (2:58)
404 Summer Canoe Traveling Song (Samish) (2:33)
405 Summer Potlatch Song (Nuu-chah-nulth) (3:02)
406 Summer Elk Song (Samish) (2:26)
407 Summer Black and Yellow Butterfly Song (Swinomish) (3:01)
408 Summer Deer Song (West Saanich) (2:45)
409 Summer Thank You Song (Jamestown S'Klallam) (2:14)
410 Summer Fire Song (Kikiallus) (2:23)
411 Summer Sunhouse Song (Nuu-chah-nulth) (2:38)
412 Summer White Seal Song (Samish) (2:42)
413 Summer Kicking the Rotten Log Song (Nuu-chah-nulth) (3:36)
414 Summer Blackfish Song (Nuwhaha - Upper Samish) (2:44)
415 Summer Knife Song (Squinamish) (1:54)
416 Summer Waterfall Song (Snoqualmie) (1:54)
417 Summer Cedar Song (Nuu-chah-nulth) (2:01)
418 Summer Potlatch Song for Child's Naming (2:20)
419 Summer Mountain Song (Snohomish) (2:07)
420 Summer Mountain Goat Song (Jamestown S'Klallam) (1:48)
421 Summer Eating Contest Song (Nuu-chah-nulth) (3:21)
422 Summer White Deer (Snohomish) (2:57)
423 Summer Bone Game Song (Coast Salish) (3:39)
424 Summer Clam Shell Game Song (Nuu-chah-nulth) (3:43)
425 Summer Hop Picking Song (Wanapum/Yakama) (1:41)
426 Summer Cedar Root Song (Snohomish) (2:27)
427 Summer Drifting Back Song (West Saanich) (2:15)
428 These songs that I have shared… (1:48)
[Credits]
Recorder:Johnny Moses, Producer, Liner Notes, Recorder: Gregory P. Fields and Loran Olsen, Liner Notes: Laurel Sercombe, Mastering Engineer: Tom Stiles, Digital Transfer: Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University Bloomington
[Notes]
Through sound, these Pacific Northwest Coast medicine songs offer a direct connection to the powers and healing properties of each season. Songs from the Straits and Coast Salish and neighboring tribes are sung with hand drum, bell, rattle, and the voice alone. Traditionally trained singer Johnny Moses (Nuu-chah-nulth and Tulalip Coast Salish, b. 1961) was awarded the 2012 Washington Governor’s Heritage Award. Before each song, Moses explains the song’s origins and uses. This cycle of seasonal songs offers insight into Native philosophy and life in the worlds of nature, spirituality, and community. 3 hours, 49 minutes on 4 CDs, 36-page illustrated booklet.

November 28, 2017

Stevie Wonder Performs "Sketches of a Life"


Singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder, the awardee of the second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, premieres "Sketches of a Life," a sprawling, hybrid pop-classical concerto, written between 1976 and 1994. The work was unveiled through a commission for the Library of Congress in the Coolidge Auditorium.

Speaker Biography: Born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1950, Stevie Wonder became blind shortly after birth. He learned to play the harmonica, piano and drums by age 9. By the time he was 10, his singing and other musical skills were known throughout his neighborhood, and when the family moved to Detroit, impressed adults made his talents known to the owners of Motown Records, who gave him a recording contract when he was age 12. His early hits included "Fingertips," "Uptight (Everything's All Right)" "For Once in My Life," "My Cherie Amour," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," and "If You Really Love Me." He undertook the study of classical piano, and later, music theory, and beginning in 1967, he began writing more of his own material. In the early 1970s, Wonder toured with the Rolling Stones and had major hits with the songs "Superstition" and "You are the Sunshine of My Life." In the mid-70s, his album "Songs in the Key of Life" topped the charts for 14 weeks. Over the years Stevie Wonder has garnered 25 Grammy Awards, as well as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. He collected an Academy Award for the 1984 hit "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from the film The Woman in Red. In 1989, he was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. In 1999, Stevie became the youngest honoree of the Kennedy Center Honors. He was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 2002, and in 2004 he won the Johnny Mercer Award in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding creative work. In 2005, the Library of Congress added Stevie Wonder's 1976 double album "Songs in the Key of Life" to the National Recording Registry, which recognizes recordings that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States."

The Library of Congress  For more information, visit the website of the Library of Congress

November 25, 2017

The Country Blues

RBF Records RF1

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1959
Genre: Blues
Style: Country Blues, Memphis Blues, Delta Blues
[Tracklist]
A1 Matchbox Blues: Blind Lemon Jefferson (2:54)
A2 Careless Love: Lonnie Johnson (2:58)
A3 Walk Right In: Cannon's Jug Stompers (2:57)
A4 Low Down Rounder's Blues: Peg Leg Howell (2:53)
A5 Statesboro Blues: Blind Willie McTell (2:35)
A6 Stealin', Stealin': Memphis Jug Band (3:01)
A7 You Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond: Blind Willie Johnson (3:12)
B1 Alabama Woman Blues: Leroy Carr (2:53)
B2 Special Agent: Sleepy John Estes (2:53)
B3 Key to the Highway: Big Bill Broonzy (3:02)
B4 Fixin' to Die: Bukka White (2:51)
B5 I'm A Guitar King: Tommy McClennan (2:51)
B6 Preachin' Blues: Robert Johnson (2:54)
B7 I Been Treated Wrong: Washboard Sam (3:22)
[Notes]
The Country Blues features a range of styles and a collection of recordings not included in other Folkways compilations. This selection—mostly recorded between 1927 and 1931—includes such gems as a test pressing of Robert Johnson's "Preaching Blues" and local releases from the 1920s.

November 22, 2017

The Carter Family: 1927-1934

JSP Records JSP7701

Format: 5CD, Box Set, Compilation
Country: UK
Released: 30 Apr 2002
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
[Tracklist]
Disc: A
01 Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow
02 Little Log Cabin By The Sea
03 The Poor Orphan Child
04 The Storms Are On The Ocean
05 Single Girl, Married Girl
06 The Wandering Boy
07 Meet Me By The Moonlight, Alone
08 Little Darling, Pal Of Mine
09 Keep On The Sunny Side
10 Anchored In Love
11 John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man
12 I Ain't Goin' To Work Tomorrow
13 Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone
14 River Of Jordan
15 Chewing Gum
16 Wildwood Flower
17 I Have No-One To Love Me (But The Sailor On The Deep Blue Sea)
18 Forsaken Love
19 Sweet Fern
20 My Clinch Mountain Home
21 God Gave Noah The Rainbow Sign
22 I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes
23 Little Moses
24 Lulu Wall
25 The Grave On The Green Hillside
Disc: B
01 Don't Forget This Song
02 The Foggy Mountain Top
03 Bring Back My Blue-Eyed Boy To Me
04 Diamonds In The Rough
05 Engine One-Forty-Three
06 The Homestead On The Farm
07 The Cyclone Of Rye Cove
08 Motherless Children
09 When The Roses Bloom In Dixieland
10 No Telephone In Heaven
11 Western Hobo
12 Carter's Blues
13 Wabash Cannonball
14 A Distant Land To Roam
15 Jimmie Brown The Newsboy
16 Kitty Waltz
17 Fond Affection
18 The Cannonball
19 The Lover's Farewell
20 There's Someone Awaiting For Me
21 The Little Log Hut In The Lane
22 When The Springtime Comes Again
23 When The World's On Fire
24 I Have An Aged Mother
25 Dying Soldier
26 Worried Man Blues
Disc: C
01 Lonesome Valley
02 On The Rock Where Moses Stood
03 Room In Heaven For Me
04 Lonesome Pine Special
05 No More The Moon Shines On Lorena
06 On My Way To Canaan's Land
07 Where Shall I Be?
08 Sow 'Em On The Mountain
09 Darling Nellie Across The Sea
10 The Birds Were Singing Of You
11 Weary Prodigal Son
12 My Old Cottage Home
13 When I'm Gone
14 Sunshine In The Mountain
15 Let The Church Roll On
16 Lonesome For You
17 Can't Feel At Home
18 Why There's A Tear In My Eye
19 The Wonderful City
20 Jimmie Rodgers Visits The Carter Family
21 The Carter Family And Jimmie Rodgers In Texas
22 'Mid The Green Fields Of Virginia
23 Happiest Days Of All
24 Picture On The Wall
25 Amber Tresses
Disc: D
01 I Never Loved But One
02 Tell Me That You Love Me
03 Where We'll Never Grow Old
04 We Will March Through The Streets Of The City
05 Sweet As The Flowers In Maytime
06 Will The Roses Bloom In Heaven
07 My Little Home In Tennessee
08 The Sun Of The Soul
09 If One Won't, Another One Will
10 Broken Hearted Love
11 Two Sweethearts
12 The Winding Stream
13 I Wouldn't Mind Dying
14 The Spirit Of Love Watches Over Me
15 The Church In The Wildwood
16 Give Me Roses While I Live
17 I Will Never Marry
18 On The Sea Of Galilee
19 Home By The Sea
20 I Loved You Better Than You Knew
21 This Is Like Heaven To Me
22 See That My Grave Is Kept Green
23 Over The Garden Wall
24 Gold Watch And Chain
25 Will My Mother Know Me There?
Disc: E
01 On A Hill Lone And Gray
02 Cowboy Jack
03 I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
04 Away Out On The Old Saint Sabbath
05 Happy Or Lonesome
06 One Little Word
07 Darling Daisies
08 The East Virginia Blues
09 Lovers Return
10 It'll Aggravate Your Soul
11 Hello Central! Give Me Heaven
12 I'm Working On A Building
13 You've Been Fooling Me, Baby
14 Longing For Old Virginia
15 March Winds Goin' To Blow My Blues All Away
16 There'll Be Joy, Joy, Joy
17 Are You Tired Of Me, My Darling
18 My Heart's Tonight In Texas
19 There's No Hiding Place Down Here
20 Cowboy's Wild Song To His Herd
21 The Evening Bells Are Ringing
22 The Mountains Of Tennessee
23 I'll Be Home Some Day
24 Faded Coat Of Blue
25 Sailor Boy
[Credits]
Maybelle Carter (vocals/guitar) Sara Carter (vocals/guitar/autoharp) A.P. Carter (vocals)

November 10, 2017

Irish Pirate Ballads And Other Songs Of The Sea

Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40553

Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 2009
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Celtic
[Tracklist]
01 Ten Thousand Miles Away (3:36)
02 The Ballad Of O Bruadair / Out On The Ocean (3:53)
03 Saucy Ward (4:12)
04 Captain Coulston (5:36)
05 Granuaile (3:47)
06 Get Up Jack, John, Sit Down / Miss Thornton's (4:28)
07 The Flying Cloud (6:25)
08 Larry Maher's Big 5-Gallon Jar (3:13)
09 Bold McCarthy (The City Of Baltimore) (4:39)
10 All For Me Grog / Parnell's March (3:53)
11 Castle Gardens (Sixty Years Ago) (4:55)
12 The Lowlands Low (4:12)
13 The River Lea (5:34)
[Credits]
Dan Milner (vocals) John Doyle (guitar/bouzouki/vocals) Bob Conroy (banjo) Tim Collins (concertina) Gabriel Donohue (bouzouki/accordion/guitar/mandolin) Brian Conway (fiddle) Joanie Madden (flute/whistle)
[Notes]
Pirates, shanghaiers, slavers, and smugglers are just some of the central characters in this album of lusty, authentic maritime songs; others are ardent patriots, hard-pressed immigrants, and weathered sailors sheltering in the taverns of the seven seas. All are midway between some dicey spot in life and an uncertain future. Their compelling stories of bold adventure are excitingly re-told here by an all-star crew of Irish singers and musicians led by vocalist/author Dan Milner.

October 29, 2017

Ricky Skaggs & Tony Rice: Skaggs & Rice

Sugar Hill Records SUG-CD-3711

Format: CD, HDCD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Country: US
Released: 2000
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
[Tracklist]
01 Bury Me Beneath The Weeping Willow (2:42)
02 Mansions For Me (3:41)
03 There's More Pretty Girls Than One (3:03)
04 Memories Of Mother And Dad (2:29)
05 Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies (2:34)
06 Talk About Suffering (2:08)
07 Will The Roses Bloom (2:49)
08 Tennessee Blues (1:48)
09 The Old Crossroads (2:42)
10 Have You Someone In Heaven Awaiting (2:55)
[Credits]
Tony Rice (guitar/vocals) Ricky Skaggs (mandolin/vocals)
Designer: Raymond Simone & Sue Meyer, Photographer: Jon Sievert, Engineers: Donivan Cowart & Richard Adler, Remastered: David Glasser
[Notes]
Skaggs & Rice is a lovely duet album between Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice. The two musicians run through a number of bluegrass classics, performing them in a spare, simple old-timey style, backed only by their guitar and mandolin. Not only are the performances breathtaking, but so are the song selections -- including Bill Monroe classics like "Mansions for Me" and "Tennessee Blues" as well as other standards like "Talk About Suffering" and "Have You Someone (In Heaven Awaiting)."

October 24, 2017

Ara Dinkjian & Zulal: Traditional Armenian Music & Song


In Armenian, Zulal means "clear water". Zulal, the New York-based a cappella trio, takes Armenia's village folk melodies and weaves intricate arrangements that pay tribute to the rural roots of the music while introducing contemporary lyricism and energy. The trio celebrates the trials and joys of old Armenian village life: Budding romances in elevated gardens, the disappointments of hapless suitors, secret messages placed upon the western winds, the moonlit faces of shepherd boys and their brides.

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October 11, 2017

Salty Dog Blues: The Earls of Leicester & Bluegrass 45


IBMA stands for International Bluegrass Music Association and there are members and fans of bluegrass music all over the world. Japan is a country that fell in love with bluegrass back in the 1960's and many professional bluegrass bands have toured in Japan. This year at the IBMA awards show, the Japan based band Bluegrass 45 celebrated it's 50th anniversary with a special performance of "Salty Dog Blues" with the Earls of Leicester.

October 1, 2017

Tom and Ben Paley: Paley & Son

Hornbeam Recordings HBR0004

Format: CD, Album, Digipack
Country: UK
Released: May 25, 2015
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
[Tracklist]
01 Yew Piney Mountain (1:44)
02 Didn't He Ramble (3:17)
03 This Train (3:16
04 Mississippi Medley (Sullivan’s Hollow / Rufus Rastus) (2:28)
05 Done Gone (2:34)
06 Little Sadie (2:25)
07 The Devil And The Farmer's Wife (4:15)
08 Old Shoes And Leggings (2:36)
09 Follow The Band (3:06)
10 Turner Smathers' Waltz (3:48)
11 Oh My Little Darling (2:46)
12 Louisville Burglar (2:51)
13 Three Men Went A-Hunting (2:54)
14 Glory In The Meeting House / Grub Springs / Sugar In The Gourd (4:04)
15 Avalon Quickstep (2:57)
16 Louis Collins (2:33)
[Credits]
Tom Paley (vocals/guitar/banjo/fiddle) Ben Paley (fiddle) Cerys Matthews (vocals/guitar) Robin Gillan (guitar/banjo/harmonica) B J Cole (dobro) Jonny Bridgwood (double bass) Rob Mason (harmonica) Dave Morgan (percussion)
Artwork: Ski Williams, Photos: Laurie Lewis, Liner Notes: Mike Gavin and Robin Denselow
[Notes]
Tom’s second album for Hornbeam Recordings is shared with his son Ben. It follows on from the roaring success of "Roll On, Roll On". Tom is passing on the baton to Ben who weighs in with some wonderful fiddle playing.

September 27, 2017

The New Lost City Ramblers 50 Years: Where Do You Come From? Where Do You Go?

Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD-40180

Format: 3xCD, Various Artists
Country: US
Released: 2009
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Country, Old Time
[Tracklist]
Disk One
1-01 Colored Aristocracy: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:05)
1-02 Hopalong Peter: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:04)
1-03 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:26)
1-04 When First Unto this Country: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:48)
1-05 Sales Tax on the Women: The New Lost City Ramblers (3:14)
1-06 Rabbit Chase: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:30)
1-07 Leaving Home: The New Lost City Ramblers (3:05
1-08 How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?: The New Lost City Ramblers (3:34)
1-09 Franklin D. Roosevelt's Back Again: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:19)
1-10 I Truly Understand You Love Another Man: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:29)
1-11 The Old Fish Song: The New Lost City Ramblers (4:52)
1-12 The Battleship of Maine: The New Lost City Ramblers (3:05)
1-13 No Depression in Heaven: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:56)
1-14 Dallas Rag: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:02)
1-15 Bill Morgan and His Gal: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:56)
1-16 Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:31)
1-17 The Lady of Carlisle: The New Lost City Ramblers (3:32)
1-18 Brown's Ferry Blues: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:46)
1-19 My Long Journey Home: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:37)
1-20 Talking Hard Luck: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:40)
1-21 The Teetotals: The New Lost City Ramblers (1:00)
1-22 Sal Got a Meatskin: The New Lost City Ramblers (3:24)
1-23 Railroad Blues: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:41)
1-24 On Some Foggy Mountain Top: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:25)
1-25 My Sweet Farm Girl: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:22)
1-26 Crow Black Chicken: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:35)
Disk Two
2-01 John Brown's Dream: The New Lost City Ramblers (1:32)
2-02 Riding on That Train: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:19)
2-03 The Titanic: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:59)
2-04 Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:15)
2-05 Cowboy Waltz: The New Lost City Ramblers (1:49)
2-06 Shut Up in the Mines of Coal Creek: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:49)
2-07 Private John Q: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:03)
2-08 Old Johnny Bucker Wouldn't Do: The New Lost City Ramblers (3:01)
2-09 I've Always Been a Rambler: The New Lost City Ramblers (3:16)
2-10 Automobile Trip Through Alabama: The New Lost City Ramblers (3:15
2-11 Who Killed Poor Robin?: The New Lost City Ramblers (3:52)
2-12 My Wife Died on Saturday Night: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:18)
2-13 Little Satchel: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:47)
2-14 Black Bottom Strut: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:09
2-15 The Cat's Got the Measels, the Dog's Got the Whooping Cough: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:55)
2-16 Dear Okie: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:14)
2-17 Smoketown Strut: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:16)
2-18 The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:31)
2-19 Fishing Creek Blues: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:01)
2-20 '31 Depression Blues: The New Lost City Ramblers (3:31)
2-21 Black Jack Daisy: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:31)
2-22 Victory Rag: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:05)
2-23 The Little Carpenter: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:50)
2-24 On Our Turpentine Farm: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:51)
2-25 Parlez-Nous à Boire: The New Lost City Ramblers (3:35)
2-26 Valse du Bambocheur: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:59)
2-27 Old Joe Bone: The New Lost City Ramblers (1:59)
Disk Three
3-01 Colored Aristocracy: The Rich Family (1:37)
3-02 Cluck Old Hen: Wade, Crockett and Fields Ward (1:31)
3-03 Young Emily: Dellie Norton (2:03)
3-04 Going Down the River: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:40)
3-05 Billy Grimes the Rover: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:26)
3-06 Pretty Little Miss: The New Lost City Ramblers (3:20)
3-07 Dark & Stormy Weather: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:24)
3-08 Sioux Indians: The New Lost City Ramblers (3:01)
3-09 Moonshiner: The New Lost City Ramblers (3:07)
3-10 Long Lonesome Road: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:56)
3-11 Cotton Eyed Joe: The New Lost City Ramblers (3:14)
3-12 New White House Blues: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:41)
3-13 Milwaukee Blues: The New Lost City Ramblers (2:31)
3-14 Poor Old Dirt Farmer: Tony Balfa, Tracy and Peter Schwarz (3:40)
3-15 Cady Hill: Arthur Smith & Sam and Kirk McGee (1:22)
3-16 I Belong to the Band: Reverend Gary Davis (3:56)
3-17 Freight Train: Elizabeth Cotten (2:38)
3-18 I'm Leaving You: Sara Carter Bayes and Maybelle Carter (2:35)
3-19 Walking Boss: Clarence Tom Ashley (2:28)
3-20 Mother's Advice: Dock Boggs (2:48)
3-21 Hills of Mexico: Roscoe Holcomb (2:29)
3-22 Galax Rag: Kilby Snow (2:49)
3-23 Say Old Man, Can You Play a Fiddle?: Eck Robertson, The New Lost City Ramblers (2:50)
3-24 Awake, Awake: Dillard Chandler (4:12)
3-25 Bowling Green: Cousin Emmy with The New Lost City Ramblers (3:49)
3-26 Madeleine: Dewey & Rodney Balfa, Allie Young, & Weston Bergeau (2:54)
3-27 Fishing Creek Blues: Sue Draheim, Mack Benford, Eric Thompson, Jody Stecher, Hank Bradley, Will Spires, Kenny Hall, Holly Tannen, & Larry Hanks (2:39)
3-28 Sally In the Garden: New Tranquility String Band & friends (2:21)
[Credits]
Producers: John Cohen, Mike Seeger and Tracy Schwarz, Liner Notes: Jon Pankake and Ray Allen, Photographers: Robert Frank and Chris Strachwitz, Designer: Visual Dialogue
[Notes]
Collectively known as the New Lost City Ramblers, Mike Seeger, John Cohen, and Tom Paley were pioneers in the revival of Southern mountain music during the folk music revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s. They brought the sounds of genuine old-time string band music and early bluegrass to eager city and college audiences who had grown disillusioned with the commercial pap of the folk boom. This set features two previously released CDs of the Ramblers classic Folkways recordings: The Early Years, 1958-1962 with the original trio, and Out Standing in Their Field: Volume II, 1963-1973, with Tracy Schwarz replacing Tom Paley. A newly compiled third disc,Where Do You Come From? Where Do You Go? celebrates the band's 50th anniversary in 2009, presenting more choice Ramblers selections along with their field recordings of the traditional Southern musicians who inspired them including: Dock Boggs, Roscoe Holcomb, Tom Ashley, Maybelle Carter, Elizabeth Cotten, Eck Robertson, Cousin Emmy, Reverend Gary Davis, Kilby Snow, Dillard Chandler, Dellie Norton, and the Balfa Brothers. 81 tracks, over 3 ½ hours of music, 88-page booklet over 3 CDs. Disc #3 includes 6 previously unreleased songs.

September 26, 2017

Billy McComiskey Family Band


Traditional Irish musician Billy McComiskey is joined in this performance by Myron Bretholz, Josh Dukes, Angela Fee, Catriona Fee, Mikey McComiskey and Patrick McComiskey.

Billy McComiskey is one of the nation's leading players of Irish traditional music. He has won the All-Ireland championship on the button accordion, and is a veteran of bands such as the Irish Tradition, the Green Fields of America, and Trian, He is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and learned to play from Sean McGlynn, a master and proponent of the East Galway style that now characterizes the playing of many of the country's finest Irish accordion players. Billy McComiskey earned a 2016 National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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September 24, 2017

Classic Piedmont Blues

Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40221

Series: Smithsonian Folkways Classic Series
Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: Mar 24, 2017
Genre: Blues
Style: Piedmont Blues
[Tracklist]
01 Truckin' Little Baby: John Jackson (3:00)
02 Mamie: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins (4:13)
03 Hey Bartender, There’s a Big Bug in My Beer: Warner Williams and Eddie Pennington (2:47)
04 Confusion: Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry (3:21)
05 T.B. Blues: Josh White (3:24)
06 If I Could Holler Like a Mountain Jack: Baby Tate (3:06)
07 Clog Dance: Hobart Smith (1:09)
08 Daisy: Brownie McGhee (3:27
09 Going Down the Road Feeling Bad: Elizabeth Cotten (2:13)
10 I Got a Woman 'Cross Town: Pink Anderson (1:56)
11 Red River Blues: John Jackson (3:01)
12 I Ain’t Gonna Pick No More Cotton: Warner Williams and Jay Summerour (3:50)
13 Sweet Woman: Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee (3:06)
14 The Train that Carried My Girl from Town: Doc Watson (2:22)
15 Mountain Jack: Reverend Gary Davis (3:31)
16 Crow Jane: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins (3:04)
17 Fore Day Creep: Brownie McGhee (4:14)
18 Sittin’ On Top of the World: Roscoe Holcomb (2:43)
19 Meet Me in the Bottom: Pink Anderson (3:33)
20 Dirty Mistreater: Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and J. C. Burris (3:01)
21 The Road Is Rough And Rocky: Archie Edwards (3:24)
[Credits]
Liner Notes: Barry Lee Pearson, Producer: D.A. Sonneborn and Huib Schippers, Production Manager: Mary Monseu, Photographers: Ruby Lomax Photography, Ben Shahn and Nick Spitzer
[Notes]
With a selection of indelible recordings made over 70 years, Classic Piedmont Blues captures the essence of this fascinating blues tradition. Originating in the foothills of Southern Appalachia, the Piedmont blues served as a breeding ground for cross-pollination between traditions: rural and urban, black and white, country and coastal. Swept up on the tide of the Great Migration, it was carried from the Carolinas and Virginia, north and east through Maryland and Washington, D.C., to New York City and back again. Featuring influential artists like John Jackson, Cephas & Wiggins, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, and many others, this collection offers an illuminating overview of the Piedmont style. 64 minutes, 36-page booklet with extensive notes.

September 16, 2017

Music with Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer


athy Fink and Marcy Marxer made some big noise in the Young Readers Center. First graders from Leckie Elementary School learned about how music is made with instruments played in their performance such as banjo, mandolin, electric guitar, steel drum, ukulele and even spoons.

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September 14, 2017

Bluegrass Early Cuts 1931-1953: Classic Recordings Remastered

JSP Records 7731A-7731D

Format: Boxed Sets 4CDs, Various Artists, Remastered
Country: UK
Released: June 21, 2004
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass, Early Bluegrass
[Tracklist]
Disc: A (1947-1953)
01 Orange Blossom Special: Jerry & Sky
02 The Old Grey Goose: Red Belcher & The Kentucky Ridgerunners
03 Kentucky Is Only A Dream: Red Belcher & The Kentucky Ridgerunners
04 Holston Valley Breakdown: Red Belcher & The Kentucky Ridgerunners
05 Somebody Touched Me: John Reedy & His Stone Mountain Boys
06 Jesse James: Toby Stroud & The Blue Mountain Boys
07 Tragic Romance: Toby Stroud & The Blue Mountain Boys
08 Lint Head Stomp: Phebel Wright
09 Jesse James: Whitey & Hogan
10 Radio Boogie: L.C Smith
11 Bluebonnet Lane: Colwell Brothers
12 Mother, Sweet Mother: Rebe & Rabe
13 Helen: Rebe & Rabe
14 Home Sweet Home: Hack Johnson & His Tennesseans
15 Let Me Rest (At The End Of My Journey): Shenandoah Valley Trio
16 This World Can't Stand Long: Stoney Cooper & Wilma Lee
17 Wicked Path Of Sin: Stoney Cooper & Wilma Lee
18 Hallelujah, We Shall Rise: Sauceman Brothers
19 They Sleep Together Now At Rest: Lilly Brothers
20 What Are They Doing In Heaven Today: Lilly Brothers
21 Pain In My Heart: Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
22 Lonesome, Sad And Blue: Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
23 Don't Forget Me: Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
24 Will I Meet Mother In Heaven?: Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
Disc: B (1945-1953)
01 You Broke Your Promise: Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
02 I'm Left Alone: Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
03 Nobody Cares (Not Even You): Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
04 Twenty One Years: Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
05 Lonesome Pine Breakdown: Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
06 New Campdown Races: Marvin Cobb
07 You're The One (I See In My Dreams): Frank Wakefield & Buster Turner
08 Leave Well Enough Alone: Frank Wakefield & Buster Turner
09 Long Time, No See: Frank Hunter & His Black Mountain Boys
10 Weary Hobo: Pee Wee Lambert & Curley Parker
11 Just A Memory: Pee Wee Lambert & Curley Parker
12 Going Back To Old Kentucky: Hobo Jack Adkins
13 Rattlesnake Daddy: Bailey Brothers & The Happy Valley Boys
14 I'm On My Way To The Old Home: Sonny Osborne
15 I've Never Been So Lonesome: Ted Lundy
16 Roll On Blues: Connie & Babe
17 How Will The Flowers Bloom: Connie & Babe
18 The Last Love Letter: Connie & Babe
19 The Lonely Waltz: Connie & Babe
20 Better Late Than Never: Buster Pack & His Lonesome Pine Boys
21 The Bright Crystal Sea: Cecil Surratt & His West Virginia Ramblers
22 Where Will You Spend Eternity: Cecil Surratt & His West Virginia Ramblers
23 He Saved My Soul: Hamm Brothers
24 You Have Left Me Memories: Hobo Jack Adkins
Disc: C (1938-1951)
01 Florida Blues: Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys
02 Blue Yodel #1: Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys
03 Missing In Action: Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys
04 Curtains Of Sorrow: Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys
05 Little Brown Hand: Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys
06 Down Among The Budded Roses: Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys
07 Tomorrow May Be Different: Jim Eanes & His Shenandoah Valley Boys
08 Come Back My Little Pal: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
09 Wabash Cannon Ball: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
10 Lonesome Dove: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
11 Where The Roses Never Fade: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
12 Natural Bridge Blues: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
13 The Best Of Friends Must Part Sometime: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
14 Polecat Blues: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
15 I Wonder Where You Are Tonight: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
16 Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
17 Can You Forgive: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
18 Loving You Too Well: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
19 'Neath The Bridge At The Foot Of The Hill: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
20 Little Sweetheart Come And Kiss Me: Roy Hall & His Blue Ridge Entertainers
21 Little Mohee: The Hall Brothers
22 The Wrong Road: The Hall Brothers
23 Orange Blossom Special: The Rouse Brothers
24 Let Me Be Your Salty Dog: The Morris Brothers
Disc: D (1931-1946)
01 Married Life Blues: Byron Parker & His Mountaineers
02 Up Jumped The Devil: Byron Parker & His Mountaineers
03 We Shall Rise: Byron Parker & His Mountaineers
04 C & N W Railroad: Byron Parker & His Mountaineers
05 Carroll County Blues: Byron Parker & His Mountaineers
06 Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar: Byron Parker & His Mountaineers
07 Concord Rag: J.E Mainer's Mountaineers
08 Don't Get Trouble In Your Mind: J.E Mainer's Mountaineers
09 Drunkard's Hiccoughs: J.E Mainer's Mountaineers
10 Blue Ridge Mountain Blue: J.E Mainer's Mountaineers
11 Johnson's Old Grey Mule: J.E Mainer's Mountaineers
12 Maple On The Hill: J.E Mainer's Mountaineers
13 Seven And A Half: J.E Mainer's Mountaineers
14 Short Life & It's Trouble: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
15 Wild Bill Jones: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
16 Lonely Tombs: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
17 Poor Drunkard's Dreams: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
18 I Won't Be Worried: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
19 Ramshackle Shack: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
20 Old Reuben: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
21 Don't Leave Me Alone: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
22 You May Forsake Me: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
23 Rambling Boy: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers
24 I'll Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms: Buster Carter & Preston Youn
[Credits]
Liner Notes: Pat Harrison
[Notes]
Recorded June 26, 1931 - 1953

September 13, 2017

Carlos Nunez: Galician Bagpipes & Flutes


A concert by bagpiper and flutist Carlos Nunez. Galicians trace their ancestry not only to Iberians but also to Celtic peoples, and their musical traditions reflect a connection to Ireland, Scotland, and Brittany. This concert features a special emphasis on the music collected by Alan Lomax in Galicia in the 1950s, which are part of the AFC archives, and which have inspired numerous musicians including Miles Davis. Nunez has visited AFC several times to research this important collection.

Speaker Biography: Carlos Nunez is a world-famous bagpiper and flutist from Galicia in Spain. Nunez is a traditional bagpiper as well as a classically-trained flute and recorder virtuoso. He has played with the Chieftains, Ry Cooder, Altan, Sinead O'Connor, Hector Zazou, Philip Pickett, and Tamiya Terashima, to name only a few. He has also performed with symphony orchestras and classical ensembles, and has appeared on prestigious stages the world over.

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September 12, 2017

Elizabeth Cotten: Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs And Tunes

Smithsonian Folkways SF-40009

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country: US
Released: 1989
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
[Tracklist]
A1 Wilson Rag (1:35)
A2 Freight Train (2:42)
A3 Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (2:09)
A4 I Don't Love Nobody (1:10)
A5 Ain't Got No Honey Baby Now (0:53)
A6 Graduation March (2:29)
A7 Honey Babe Your Papa Cares For You (2:11)
A8 Vastopol (2:08)
B1 Here Old Rattler Here / Sent For My Fiddle Sent For My Bow / George Buck (3:45)
B2 Run…Run / Mama Your Son Done Gone (2:15)
B3 Sweet Bye And Bye / What A Friend We Have In Jesus (3:00)
B4 Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie (4:40)
B5 Spanish Flang Dang (2:49)
B6 When I Get Home (2:21)
[Notes]
Recorded by Mike Seeger and originally issued in 1958 as Folkways FG-3526

September 2, 2017

BeauSoleil Quartet: Cajun Music from Louisiana


Event Date: 2017/06/28 Runnung Time: 73 minutes

The BeauSoleil Quartet presents a concert of lively and soulful Louisiana Cajun music. The quartet includes Michael Doucet on fiddle, accordion and vocals, David Doucet on guitar and vocals, Mitchell Reed on fiddle and bass, and Billy Ware on percussion.

Speaker Biography: For four decades the BeauSoleil Quartet has taken traditional ingredients -- waltzes, two-steps, soulful Cajun French lyrics, hot fiddle licks and irresistible accordion -- and spiced them up with eclectic percussion, acoustic guitar in both finger-picked and flat-picked styles and an open and creative attitude toward the music. BeauSoleil was the first Cajun band to win a Grammy Award (1998) and added a second in 2008. In 2011 the quartet was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

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August 29, 2017

The Beaton Family of MabouCape: Breton Fiddle and Piano Music

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings SFW-40507

Format: CD
Country: US
Released: 2004
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Celtic, World
[Tracklist]
  1. Thomas MacDonnell's Strathspey/ traditional strathspey / My Great Friend John Morris Rankin / Marie O'Keeffe Reel / Francis Beaton's Reel
  2. Quickstep/ Gordon's Trip to Sydney / The Garden Wall
  3. Bandelena March / Ben Lomond Strathspey / Gabe Arsenault's Reel / Eoghan Dhu Reel / Tullamore Piper Hornpipe traditional reel
  4. Mary Ann MacDougall's / Yester House Strathspey / MacKinnon's Other Rant / Beaton's Delight Reel / Joey Beaton's Reel / Tamarack'er Down
  5. The Haughs of Cromdale / Johnny Sullivan / Malcolm Finlay's Reel / White Lightning
  6. Sandy MacIntyre's March / Because He Was a Bonnie Lad / Editor's Favourite Strathspey / Willy MacKenzie's Reel / Joan Beaton's Reel / Sandy MacInnis Reel
  7. Glenn Graham's Jig / Teviot Bridge / Piper's Jig
  8. Coilsfield House / Farewell Friend March / Fraser's Jig
  9. The Brig O' Balater Strathspey / Fife Hunt Reel / traditional reel / Mrs. Ronald MacDonald's Reel
  10. Do'igean Bachd / The Nights the Goats Came Home / Carl Beaton's Reel / Michael Rankin's Reel
  11. A Joan Boes tune / Erchless Castle March / Donald Angus Beaton's Strathspey / General Stewart of Garth Strathspey / The Grey Old Lady of Raasey Reel / The Men of the Deeps Reel
  12. The Maids of Islay / Lucy Campbell / Elizabeth's Big Coat / Old Time Wedding Reel #1 / MacKinnon's Other Rant / Old Time Wedding Reel #2
  13. Back of the Change House Strathspey / The Beaton Family Recording Strathspey / Todd Graham's Reel / Port St. Lucie Reel / Totar's Hornpipe / The Stone Frigate
  14. Andrea Beaton's March / The Laird O' Thrums Strathspey / Hoch Hey Johnny Lad / Sir Reginald MacDonald Reel / Traditional Laddie Reel / traditional reel
  15. Lady Dorthea Stewart Murray / The Glasgow Gaelic Club / Burt Feintuch
  16. Stumpie/ Duke of Gordon Strathspey / West Mabou Reel / Joys of Mabou Mines Reel / Anna Mae's Reel
[Credits]
Donald Angus Beaton, Kinnon Beaton (fiddle) Betty Lou Beaton, Elizabeth Beaton (piano)
Compiler & Producer: Burt Feintuch, Engineer: Pete Reiniger & Jamie Foulds, Designer: Sonya Cohen Cramer, Photographer: Gary Samson
[Notes]
The fiddle and piano reign in Cape Breton! When the Beatons play, the dancing feet of family, friends, and fans pound out the vibrant rhythms of reels, strathspeys, jigs and other favorites from this tradition-rich corner of Canada. 14 tracks. 74 minutes. 36-page booklet. 14 tracks 74 minutes 36 page booklet

August 22, 2017

Barbara Dane: I Hate The Capitalist System

Paredon Records P-1014

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1973
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Political ballads, Protest songs
[Tracklist]
A1 I Hate The Capitalist System (3:10)
A2 Lonesome Jailhouse Blues (4:05)
A3 Detroit Medley (2:25)
A4 Plane Wreck At Los Gatos (5:30)
A5 Goodbye To Cold Winter (0:50)
A6 A Single Girl (2:30)
A7 Ludlow Massacre (3:50)
A8 I Dont Want Your Millions, Mr. (3:35)
B1 Things Are So Slow (4:00)
B2 Song Of My Hands (5:45)
B3 Bitter Rain (3:25)
B4 Song Of The Coats (2:50)
B5 The Kent State Massacre (3:35)
B6 Working Class Woman (6:30)
[Credits]
Barbara Dane (guitar/vocals) Ronald Clyne (design)
[Notes]
In 1973, Paredon Records gave Barbara Dane the opportunity to speak about the struggles of the American working class on I Hate The Capitalist System. She offers social commentary on the Ludlow Massacre of 1914 and the disadvantages of capitalism to the struggle in Vietnam. She sings these 14 political ballads in a traditional folk style, accompanying herself on guitar. Liner notes include an opening essay by Irwin Silver about Kane and the inspiration for her work, lyrics and explanation for each song.

August 8, 2017

Los Texmaniacs: Traditional Conjunto Dance Music from Texas


Event Date: 2013/09/11 Runnung Time: 73 minutes

Los Texmaniacs mix the simplest yet finest ingredients of Texas music to create a sound solidly rooted in tradition, exploding with contemporary vitality. Their versatility has led them to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the International Accordion Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Governor of Texas Ball, and many major festivals overseas in countries such as Germany, Holland and Spain. Los Texmaniacs is a conjunto band created by Max Baca in 1997. Baca wanted to create a band that incorporated elements from genres such as rock and roll and jazz while still honoring the roots of conjunto tejano.

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August 5, 2017

Bun Wright's Fiddle Band at FDR's Little White House

President Franklin D. Roosevelt (center) and daughter Anne (standing behind him) at Warm Springs, Georgia, 'Little White House' in 1933 with Bun Wright's Fiddle Band. The musician seated at FDR's left is playing a Gibson harp guitar.

From the Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site: Franklin D. Roosevelt built the Little White House in 1932 while governor of New York, prior to being inaugurated as president in 1933. He first came to Warm Springs in 1924 hoping to find a cure for the infantile paralysis (polio) that had struck him in 1921. Swimming in the 88-degree, buoyant spring waters brought him no miracle cure, but it did bring improvement. During FDR’s presidency and the Great Depression, he developed many New Deal Programs (such as the Rural Electrification Administration) based upon his experiences in this small town.While posing for a portrait on April 12, 1945, FDR suffered a stroke and died a short while later. Today, the “Unfinished Portrait” is featured in a museum that showcases many exhibits, including FDR’s 1938 Ford convertible with hand controls, his Fireside Chats playing over a 1930s radio, his stagecoach and a theater. Visitors can tour FDR’s home, which has been carefully preserved very much as he left it, the servants and guest quarters, and the nearby pools complex that first brought the future president to Warm Springs. Selected as a "Readers Choice" site in Georgia Magazine four years in a row.

Movie Film  Soldier's Joy: President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt hosts Bun Wright's Fiddle Band at his retreat in Warm Springs, Georgia. 1933

July 28, 2017

The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers

Columbia CK-53798

Series: Country Classics
Format: CD, Compilation, Mono
Country: US
Released: 1996
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
[Tracklist]
01 A Vision Of Mother (2:58
02 The White Dove (3:12
03 Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet (2:48)
04 Angels Are Singing (In Heaven Tonight) (3:02)
05 It's Never Too Late To Start Over (2:30)
06 Have You Someone (In Heaven Waiting) (2:40)
07 Little Glass Of Wine (2:57)
08 Let Me Be Your Friend (2:42)
09 We'll Be Sweethearts In Heaven (2:37)
10 I Love No One But You (2:36)
11 Too Late To Cry (2:57)
12 The Old Home (2:17)
13 The Drunkard's Hell (2:36)
14 The Fields Have Turned Brown (2:30)
15 Hey! Hey! Hey! (2:41)
16 The Lonesome River (2:43)
17 I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow (2:55)
18 Pretty Polly (2:49)
19 A Life Of Sorrow (2:42)
20 Sweetest Love (2:21)
21 The Wandering Boy (2:13)
22 Let's Part The Best Of Friends (2:19)
[Credits]
Carter Stanley (guitar/vocals) Ralph Stanley (banjo/vocals) Pee Wee Lambert (mandolin/vocals)
Fiddle: Robert Sumner (tracks: 1 to 8) Les Woodie (tracks: 9 to 18) George Shuffler (tracks: 19 to 22), Bass: James Hughes (tracks: 1 to 8) Ernest Newton (tracks: 9 to 18)
Art Direction, Design: Julian Peploe, Artwork: Robert Contanzo, Compilation Producer: Lawrence Cohn, Graphics: Pat Jerina, Mastering: David Mitson, Product Manager: Rita Cox
[Notes]
Tracks 1 to 8 recorded 3/1/49 in Nashville; 9 to 14 on 11/20/49 in Nashville; 15 to 18 on 11/3/50 in Nashville; 19 to 22 on 4/11/52 in Nashville.

July 27, 2017

Jayme Stone's Folklife


Event Date: 2017/05/04    Running Time: 73 minutes

A concert featuring Jayme Stone. In 2015, "Jayme Stone's Lomax Project" was released, focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, whose collections reside at the American Folklife Center. Stone brought together distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and reimagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea shanties, Sea Island spirituals, Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners and homemakers. His 2017 project, "Jayme Stone's Folklife," takes a similar tack with more great traditional music.

July 26, 2017

The Band: The Last Waltz

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment GXBA-17337

Format: DVD, DVD-Video, Multichannel, NTSC, Special Edition
Country: Japan
Released: 08 Nov 2002
Genre: Rock, Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Blues Rock, Country, Soft Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
[Tracklist]
01 Cutthroat, Don't Do It
02 Theme From The Last Waltz, Main Title
03 A Celebration
04 Up On Cripple Creek
05 The Skylight Lounge, The Shape I'm In
06 Who Do You Love
07 Canadian Overcoats, It Makes No Difference
08 Introduction To The Canterury Tales
09 Such A Night
10 Helpless
11 Stagefright
12 A Name For The Band
13 The Weight
14 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
15 An Adult Portion
16 Dry Your Eyes
17 Women On The Road
18 Coyote
19 Sonny Boy Williamson
20 Mystery Train
21 Rock 'N' Roll Melting Pot
22 Mannish Boy
23 Further On Up The Road
24 Tour Of Shangri-La, Sip The Wine
25 Evangeline
26 Genetic Method, The Music Teacher
27 Ophelia
28 Travelling Tent Shows
29 Caravan
30 Loud Prayer
31 Forever Young
32 Baby Let Me Follow You Down
33 I Shall Be Released
34 Theme From The Last Waltz, End Credits
[Credits]
Robbie Robertson (guitar/vocals/producer) Rick Danko (bass/vocals) Levon Helm (drums/vocals) Garth Hudson (keyboards) Richard Manuel (piano) Martin Scorsese (interview)
Performer: Bob Dylan (tracks: 31, 32), Dr. John (tracks: 9), Emmylou Harris (tracks: 25), Eric Clapton (tracks: 23), Joni Mitchell (tracks: 18), Muddy Waters (tracks: 22), Neil Diamond (tracks: 16), Neil Young (tracks: 10), Paul Butterfield (tracks: 20), Ringo Starr (tracks: 33), Ron Wood (tracks: 33), Ronnie Hawkins (tracks: 6), The Staples (tracks: 13), Van Morrison (tracks: 29), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (tracks: 30), Michael McClure (tracks: 8)
Design: Boris Leven, Executive Producer:Jonathan Taplin
[Notes]
Recorded Live at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California, November 26, 1976. Originally released in 1978

July 25, 2017

The Best Of The Stanley Brothers

Mercury Nashville 088 170 222-2

Series: 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection
Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 2002
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
[Tracklist]
01 Who Will Call You Sweetheart
02 Our Last Goodbye
03 (Say) Won't You Be Mine
04 I Long To See The Old Folks
05 A Voice From On High
06 I Worship You
07 Baby Girl
08 Just A Little Talk With Jesus
09 Will He Wait A Little Longer
10 Loving You Too Well
11 Daybreak In Dixie (Instrumental)
12 Angel Band
[Credits]
Carter Stanley (guitar/vocals) Ralph Staley (banjo/vocals)

July 7, 2017

Dennis Stroughmatt et L'Esprit Creole: Upper Louisiana French Creole Music from Missour


Running Time: 64 minutes

By an amazing string of chance events, young Dennis Stroughmatt came upon the descendants of French Midwestern settlers, and he spent over three years in southeast Missouri learning to speak Illinois French Creole, play the fiddle, and sing many of the traditional songs that have thrived in the region for over three hundred years. He would also go on to live, work and play music in the "Cajun country" of Louisiana, and to study in Quebec, thus completing the circle of French culture in North America. With the blessing of the Creole people of the Midwest, Dennis Stroughmatt et l'Espirit Creole are its passionate ambassadors, expanding interest and excitement in a region that has been, in many ways, ignored by the history books. As a result, the French music, language, stories, and culture once hidden away in the Missouri Ozarks now has a voice in the wider world. As they say in the hills: "On est toujours icitte: We are still here!".

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July 5, 2017

Ashokan Farewell: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band


Jay Ungar (fiddle) Molly Mason (guitar) Ruthy Ungar (fiddle) Mike Merenda (banjo)

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band are exceptional musicians who you may have heard on 'A Prairie Home Companion,' on their own holiday specials (heard on public radio stations across the country) and on film soundtracks such as 'Legends of the Fall' and 'Brother's Keeper.' Millions were entranced by the music they did for Ken Burns' PBS documentary on the Civil War, which features Jay's "Ashokan Farewell" as its signature tune. The soundtrack won a Grammy and Ashokan Farewell was nominated for an Emmy. Jay and Molly also run beloved fiddle and dance camps in the Catskills for musicians and lovers of traditional music. The family band, which also includes Ruthie Ungar and Mike Merenda of The Mammals, stopped by the Folk Alley studios for a chat and to perform a few songs. Recorded in Franklin Hall, Kent State University.

June 23, 2017

2:10 Train: Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein

Rebel Records REB-CD 1803

Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: March 25, 2008
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Old Time, Bluegrass
[Tracklist]
01 Dreamer Or Believer (3:18)
02 The Last Thing On My Mind (3:26)
03 High Sierra (3:53)
04 Sweet Sunny South (3:27)
05 Arkansas Traveler/Soldier's Joy (3:04)
06 And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (6:21)
07 Black Jack Davey (3:23)
08 Colleen Malone (3:29)
09 Evening (3:04)
10 Dixie Hoedown (2:22)
11 Any Old Time (2:41)
12 2:10 Train (4:09)
13 Shady Grove (2:45)
[Credits]
Jimmy Gaudreau (mandolin/vocals) Moondi Klein (guitar/vocals)
Recording: Stuart Martin, Mastering: David Glasser, Photography: Art Wachter, Design: Don Bailey, Production Coordination: Mark Freeman
[Notes]
Recorded at Stonebridge Studio, Leesburg, VA. The perfect duo of mandolin, guitar and two superb voices for this Rebel Recording by two veteran bluegrass performers. Songs from the tradition plus newer songs from Harvey Reid, Tom Paxton, Eric Bogle, Harley Allen and more.

June 2, 2017

Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest 2015 Documentary


Running Time: 65 minutes

Teresa Crespo Hartendorf roamed Paramount Ranch Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and produced a documentary of the people she talked with, the music she heard and the overall, wonderfulness of the annual music festival. This is the 2015 edition. tch productions, all rights reserved.

May 31, 2017

Anthology of American Folk Music: Edited by Harry Smith

Smithsonian Folkways SFW-40090

Format: 6-CD, Compilation, Enhanced, Reissue, Box Set
Country: US
Released: 1997
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Cajun, Country, Gospel, Delta Blues, Folk
[Tracklist]
Disk One
101 Henry Lee: Dick Justice (3:28)
102 Fatal Flower Garden: Nelstone's Hawaiians (2:58)
103 The House Carpenter: Clarence Ashley (3:16)
104 Drunkard's Special: Coley Jones (3:16)
105 Old lady and the Devil: Bill and Belle Reed (3:05)
106 The Butcher's Boy: Buell Kazee (3:05)
107 The Wagoner's Lad: Buell Kazee (3:05)
108 King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-me-o: Chubby Parker (3:09)
109 Old Shoes And Leggins: Uncle Eck Dunford (3:01)
110 Willie Moore: Richard Burnett and Leonard Rutherford (3:16)
111 A Lazy Farmer Boy: Buster Carter and Preston Young (3:00)
112 Peg And Awl: The Carolina Tar Heels (2:59)
113 Ommie Wise: G. B. Grayson (3:12)
114 My Name Is John Johanna: Kelly Harrell and the Virginia String Band (3:13)
Disk Two
201 Bandit Cole Younger: Edward L. Crain (2:57)
202 Charles Giteau: Kelly Harrel And the Virginia String Band (3:05)
203 John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man: The Carter Family (2:57)
204 Gonna Die With My Hammer In My hand : The Williamson Brothers and Curry (3:26)
205 Stackalee (Stagger Lee): Frank Hutchison (3:01)
206 White House blues Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers (3:31)
207 Frankie: Mississippi John Hurt (3:28)
208 When That Great Ship Went Down (The Titanic): William and Versey Smith (2:58)
209 Engine 14(3 The Carter Family (3:19)
210 Kassie Jones, Parts 1 and (2: Furry Lewis (6:16)
211 Down On Penny's Farm: The Bently Boys (2:50)
212 Mississippi Boweavil (Boll Weevil) Blues: The Masked Marvel (3:09)
213 Got The Farm Land Blues: The Carolina Tar Heels (3:17)
Disk Three
301 Sail Away Lady: Uncle Bunt Stephens (2:58)
302 The Wild Wagoner: Jilson Setters (3:17)
303 Wake Up Jacob: Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers (2:55)
304 La Danseuse: Delma Lachney and Blind Uncle Gaspard (2:56)
305 Georgia Stomp: Andrew and Jim Baxter (2:47)
306 Brilliancy Medley: Eck Robertson and Family (3:01)
307 Indian War Whoop: Hoyt Ming and the Pep Steppers (3:13)
308 Old Country Stomp: Henry Thomas (2:55)
309 Old Dog Blue: Jim Jackson (3:04)
310 Saut Crapaud: Columbus Fruge (2:49)
311 Acadian One-Step: Joseph Falcon (3:00)
312 Home Sweet Home: The Breaux Freres (3:00)
313 The Newport Blues: The Cincinnati Jug Band (2:58)
314 Moonshiner's Dance Part One: Frank Cloutier and the Victoria Cafe Orchestra (2:40)
Disk Four
401 Must Be Born Again: Rev. J.M. Gates (1:31)
402 Oh Death Where Is Thy Sting: Rev. J.M. Gates (1:29)
403 Rocky Road: Alabama Sacred Harp Singers (2:45)
404 Present Joys: Alabama Sacred Harp Singers (2:53)
405 This Song of Love: Middle Georgia Singing Convention No. 1 (2:58
406 Judgement: Rev. Sister Mary Nelson (2:25
407 He Got Better Things For You: Memphis Sanctified Singers (2:54)
408 Since I Laid My Burden Down: The Elders McIntorsh and Edwards' Sanctified Singers (3:19)
409 John The Baptist: Rev. Moses Mason (3:05)
410 Dry Bones: Bascom Lamar Lunsford (3:00)
411 John The Revelator: Blind Willie Johnson (3:21)
412 Little Moses: The Carter Family (3:14)
413 Shine On Me: Ernest Phipps and His Holiness Singers (3:03)
414 Fifty Miles Of Elbow Room: Rev. F.M. McGee (2:43
415 I'm In The Battlefield For My Lord: Rev. D.C. Rice and His Sanctified Congregation (3:20)
Disk Five
501 The Coo Coo Bird: Clarence Ashley (2:56)
502 East Virginia: Buell Kazee (3:01)
503 Minglewood Blues: Cannon's Jug Stompers with Noah Lewis (3:44)
504 I Woke Up One Morning In May: Didier Hébert (3:04)
505 James Alley Blues: Richard "Rabbit" Brown (3:07)
506 Sugar Baby: Dock Boggs (2:58)
507 I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground: Bascom Lamar Lunsford (3:21)
508 The Mountaineer's Courtship: Ernest and Hattie Stoneman (2:44)
509 The Spanish Merchant's Daughter (No, Sir No): The Stoneman Family (3:18)
510 Bob Lee Junior Blues: The Memphis Jug Band (3:11)
511 Single Girl, Married Girl: The Carter Family (2:47)
512 Le Vieux Soulard et Sa Femme (The Drunkard and His Wife): Cleoma Breaux and Joseph Falcon (3:10)
513 Rabbit Foot Blues: Blind Lemon Jefferson (2:57)
514 Expressman Blues: Sleepy John Estes and Yank Rachell (3:02)
Disk Six
601 Poor Boy Blues: Ramblin' Thomas (2:24)
602 Feather Bed: Cannon's Jug Stompers (3:16)
603 Country Blues: Dock Boggs (2:59
604 99 Year Blues: Julius Daniels (3:07)
605 Prison Cell Blues: Blind Lemon Jefferson (2:47)
606 See That My Grave Is Kept Clean: Blind Lemon Jefferson (2:55)
607 C'est Si Triste Sans Lui: Cleoma Breaux and Joseph Falcon (3:01)
608 Way Down the Old Plank Road: Uncle Dave Macon (3:01)
609 Buddy Won't You Roll Down the Line: Uncle Dave Macon (3:15)
610 Spike Driver Blues: Mississippi John Hurt (3:17)
611 K.C. Moan: The Memphis Jug Band (2:33)
612 Train on the Island: J.P. Nestor (3:00)
613 The Lone Star Trail: Ken Maynard (3:15)
614 Fishing Blues: Henry Thomas (2:45)
[Credits]
Producer: Harry Everett Smith, Designer: Scott Stowell, Mastering Engineer: David Glasser, Pete Reiniger & Charlie Pilzer, Liner Notes: Greil Marcus, Neil Rosenberg, Luis Kemnitzer, Jon Pankake, Peter Stampfel, Luc Sante, Kip Lornell, Eric Von Schmidt, John Fahey & Jeff Place
[Notes]
The Anthology of American Folk Music, edited by Harry Smith (1923–1991), is one of the most influential releases in the history of recorded sound. Originally issued by Folkways Records in 1952, the Anthology brought virtually unknown parts of America's musical landscape recorded in the late 1920s and early 1930s to the public's attention. For more than half a century, the collection has profoundly influenced fans, ethnomusicologists, music historians, and cultural critics; it has inspired generations of popular musicians, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Jerry Garcia, and countless others. Many of the songs included in the Anthology have now become classics, as has Harry Smith’s unique "scientific/aesthetic handbook" of song notes and drawings. Reissued by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in 1997, this deluxe 6-CD collector's boxed set contains a 96-page book featuring Harry Smith's original liner notes and essays by Greil Marcus and other noted writers, musicians, and scholars. “[The] Anthology was our bible…. We all knew every word of every song on it, including the ones we hated. They say that in the 19th-century British Parliament, when a member would begin to quote a classical author in Latin the entire House would rise in a body and finish the quote along with him. It was like that.” – Dave Van Ronk “Had he never done anything with his life but this Anthology, Harry Smith would still have borne the mark of genius across his forehead. I'd match the Anthology up against any other single compendium of important information ever assembled. Dead Sea Scrolls? Nah. I'll take the Anthology.” – John Fahey “First hearing the Harry Smith Anthology of American FoIk Music is like discovering the secret script of so many familiar musical dramas. Many of these actually turn out to be cousins two or three times removed, some of whom were probably created in ignorance of these original riches. It also occurred to me that as we are listening at a greater distance in time to a man or woman singing of their fairly recent past of the 1880s, we are fortunate that someone collected these performances of such wildness, straightforward beauty, and humanity." – Elvis Costello

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