April 22, 2018

Good Deal! Doc Watson In Nashville

Vanguard VSD-79276

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1968
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country, Bluegrass
A1 Alabama Jubilee (2:08)
A2 Streamline Cannonball (2:24)
A3 Peach Picking Time In Georgia (2:55)
A4 June Apple (2:08)
A5 I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes (3:24)
A6 Memphis Blues (2:40)
A7 The Train That Carried My Girl From Town (3:45)
B1 Old Camp Meeting Time (2:45)
B2 Bye Bye Blues (2:40)
B3 Shady Grove (2:55)
B4 Blackberry Rag (2:36)
B5 The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band (3:20)
B6 Rainbow (2:30)
B7 Step It Up And Go (1:54)
Doc Watson (guitar/banjo/vocals) Merle Watson (guitar) Floyd Cramer (piano) Shot Jackson (dobro) Grady Martin (guitar/dobro) Buddy Spicher and Tommy Jackson (fiddles) Buddy Harman (drums) Junior Huskey (bass) Don Stover (banjo)
Producer: Jack Lothrop, Art Directer: Jules Halfant, Photographer: Joel Brodsky
After a successful career as a folk singer in the early and mid-60s, Doc Watson, like other folk artists including Joan Baez, recorded more country-orientated material as the folk boom dissipated. This 1968 album for Vanguard features a strong line-up of Nashville's finest session players including Buddy Spicher and Floyd Cramer.

April 21, 2018

Pearl: Janis Joplin

Columbia KC-30322

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: January 11, 1971
Genre: Rock, Funk, Soul
Style: Blues Rock, Country Rock
A1 Move Over (3:40)
A2 Cry Baby (3:55)
A3 A Woman Left Lonely (3:26)
A4 Half Moon (3:50)
A5 Buried Alive In The Blues (2:23)
B1 My Baby (3:43)
B2 Me & Bobby McGee (4:28)
B3 Mercedes Benz (1:45)
B4 Trust Me (3:14)
B5 Get It While You Can (3:22
Janis Joplin (vocals/guitar on "Me & Bobby McGee") Full Tilt Boogie Band: Richard Bell (piano) Ken Pearson (organ) John Till (guitar) Brad Campbell (bass) Clark Pierson (drums) Additional personnel: Bobby Womack (guitar) Bobbye Hall(conga/percussion) Phil Badella, John Cooke and Vince Mitchell (backing vocals) Sandra Crouch (tambourine)
Producer: Paul A. Rothchild, Photographer and Designner: Barry Feinstein and Tom Wilkes
Pearl is the second and final solo studio album by Janis Joplin, released posthumously on Columbia Records, catalogue KC 30322, in January 1971. It was also released simultaneously in a 4 channel Quadraphonic format in the U.S., catalogue number CQ 30322, and in Japan as SOPN 90 and a foil type cover with obi as SOPN 44005. It was the final album with her direct participation, and the only Joplin album recorded with the Full Tilt Boogie Band, her final touring unit. It peaked at number one on the Billboard 200, holding that spot for nine weeks. It has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA.

April 20, 2018

The Weavers: All The 1951 Videos

00:00 Tzena Tzena Tzena
02:51 Around The World
06:03 So Long (It's been good to know you)
09:16 Goodnight, Irene
12:38 The Roving kind
Ronnie Gilbert (alto) Pete Seeger (banjo/tenor) Lee Hays (bass) Fred Hellerman (guitar/baritone)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; The Weavers were an American folk music quartet based in the Greenwich Village area of New York City. They sang traditional folk songs from around the world, as well as blues, gospel music, children's songs, labor songs, and American ballads, and sold millions of records at the height of their popularity. Their style inspired the commercial "folk boom" that followed them in the 1950s and 1960s, including such performers as The Kingston Trio; Peter, Paul, and Mary; The Rooftop Singers; and Bob Dylan. (Read more...)

April 15, 2018

Blues Routes:Heroes & Tricksters:Blues & Jazz:Worksongs & Street Music

Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40118

Format: CD, HDCD, Album
Country: US
Released: 1999
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Blues, Jazz, Ragtime
01 Rooster Call: John Henry Mealing and the Gandy Dancers (3:57)
02 John Henry: John Cephas and Phil Wiggins (5:15)
03 Step it Up and Go: Warner Williams (2:40)
04 Flipping and Flopping: Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson and Willie "Pinetop" Perkins (3:38)
05 Twenty-Fours a Day: Erbie Bowser, T.D. Bell, and the Blues Specialists (4:10)
06 Little Queen of Spades: Robert Jr. Lockwood (4:13)
07 One Dime Blues: Etta Baker (3:43)
08 Bluetail Fly: Abner Jay (2:33)
09 Gut Bucket Blues: Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders (4:15)
10 That Certain Someone: Claude Williams (4:33)
11 Harlem Parlor Blues: Sammy Price (2:51)
12 Early in the Morning: Booker T. Laury (3:05)
13 Sew, Sew, Sew: The White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians (5:09)
14 My Mind Has No Color / Doing it the Go-Go Way: Rapper Dee, CJ and Five Gallons of Fun (4:40)
15 Hambone: Georgia Sea Island Singers (2:24)
16 Uncle Bud: Boozoo Chavis and the Magic Sounds (2:56)
17 Bluesifyin: Joe Louis Walker and the Boss Talkers (8:43)
Producer: Nicholas R. Spitzer, Liner Notes: Nick Spitzer and Leslie Spitz-Edison, Designer: Carol Hardy, Engineers: John Tyler, Pete Reiniger and Matt Sakakeeny
Blues Routes is a resonant almanac of blues styles and blues-related music and musicians including: Memphis barrelhouse and Harlem parlor piano players; blues guitarists from the Delta and Piedmont, San Francisco and Chicago; Kansas City and New Orleans jazz masters; hambone call-and-response and Mardi Gras Indian chants; Texas jump blues and Louisiana Creole zydeco; minstrel and jazz banjomen; street go-go bucket-drummers and railroad track-lining gandy dancers. In this fin de siècle collection, the diversity of American blues and blues-influenced styles and the unity of their African ancestral heartbeats can be heard in great performances recorded live at the influential Folk Masters concert and radio series.

April 14, 2018

The Fairfield Four in Concert

The Fairfield Four in Concert: The Fairfield Four is an African-American gospel quartet that has existed for more than 95 years. The group is best known for its performance in the film "O Brother Where Art Thou" and for collaborations with popular artists such as Dolly Parton, John Fogerty and Vince Gill. As traditional American folk musicians, the quartet has achieved the highest honors possible, including induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, three Grammy Awards and the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. The group was founded as a trio in 1921, but came to be called "The Fairfield Four" becomming a quartet later in the 1920s. Changing lineup through the years, the group has sometimes had more than four members but has kept the name and signature style, traditional African American a capella gospel harmony singing. Today's lineup consists of Larrice Byrd Sr., Bobbye Sherrell, Leveret Allison and Joe Thompson.

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

April 12, 2018

Blind Willie Johnson 1927-1930

RBF Records RBF-10

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1965
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Gospel, Texas Blues
A1 Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed (3:19)
A2 God Don't Never Change (3:03)
A3 Trouble Soon Be Over (0:27)
A4 Let Your Light Shine On Me (3:16)
A5 The Rain Don't Fall On Me (3:16)
A6 I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole (3:11)
A7 I'm Gonna Run To The City Of Refuge (3:29)
B1 Lord, I Just Can't Keep From Crying (3:08)
B2 Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right (3:11)
B3 Jesus Is Coming Soon (3:16)
B4 Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning (3:13)
B5 Church I'm Fully Saved Today (3:13)
B6 Bye And Bye I'm Goin' To See The King (3:05)
B7 Can't Nobody Hide From God (3:31)
Blind Willie Johnson (guitar/vocals)
Producer: Samuel Charters, Designer: Ronald Clyne
Texan Blind Willie Johnson was one of the most successful recording artists in the South in the late 1920s, before the Depression ruined the company for which he recorded. This collection demonstrates the singer's unique ability to express his personal poetic style through the genre of religious song.

April 11, 2018

Appalachian Mountain Gospel: 25 Bluegrass Gospel Classics

Rural Rhythm Records RHY-326

Format: CD, Album, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 2008
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Gospel, Bluegrass
01 There Is Power in the Blood: The Marksmen (2:04)
02 No Hidin' Place Down Here: Hylo Brown & The Timberliners (1:47)
03 Take Me in Your Life Boat: Red Smiley & the Bluegrass Cut-Ups (2:03)
04 Old Country Church: House Brothers (1:26)
05 The Great Speckled Bird: Reno & Harrell with The Tennessee Cut-Ups (2:30)
06 Keep on the Sunny Side: Lee Moore 1:13)
07 A Beautiful Life: Red Smiley & the Bluegrass Cut-Ups (1:33)
08 I'm on My Way to Canaan Land: House Brothers (1:44)
09 Oh Why Not Tonight: The Marksmen (1:38)
10 Is She Praying There: Mac Martin & His Dixie Travelers (2:38)
11 Golden Slippers: Jim Greer & The Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks (1:25)
12 Somebody Touched Me: Red Smiley & the Bluegrass Cut-Ups (2:35)
13 Where the Soul of Man Never Dies: Hylo Brown & The Timberliners (2:00)
14 Uncloudy Day: J.D. Jarvis (2:13)
15 Angel Band: House Brothers (2:35)
16 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms: Red White & the Country Gospel Singers (1:45)
17 Paul & Silas: Jim Greer & The Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks (1:52)
18 If I Could Here My Mother Pray Again: Happy Land Gospel Singers (1:46)
19 Lonely Tombs: J.D. Jarvis (1:54)
20 Precious Memories: House Brothers (2:36)
21 I Am a Pilgrim: Raymond Fairchild & the Maggie Valley Boys (1:48)
22 Let the Church Roll On: Red Smiley & the Bluegrass Cut-Ups (1:53)
23 I Feel Like Traveling On: Happy Land Gospel Singers (2:04)
24 Walking Cane: Hylo Brown & The Timberliners (2:12)
25 I'm Getting Ready to Go: Earl Taylor & The Stoney Mountain Boys (2:04)
Compilation Producer: Sam Passamano, Jr., Designner and Photographer: Marty Rosamond, Engineer: Steve Hoffman
Part of the ongoing Sound Traditions series of bluegrass anthologies from the Rural Rhythm label, Sound Traditions: Appalachian Mountain Gospel (25 Bluegrass Gospel Classics) gathers 25 rare examples of vintage bluegrass gospel. Artists include the Marksmen, Hylo Brown & the Timberliners, and Jim Greer & the Mac-O-Chee Valley Boys. Many of these songs have never been available on CD before.

April 10, 2018

Appalachian Mountain Bluegrass

Rural Rhythm Records RHY-317

Format: CD, Album, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 2007
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
01 Foggy Mountain Top: Earl Taylor & The Stoney Mountain Boys (2:14)
02 Girl I Left in Sunny Tennessee: Jim Greer & The Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks (2:41)
03 Froggie Went a Courtin': Hylo Brown & The Timberliners (1:38)
04 Cumberland Gap: The Cumberlands (2:35)
05 Black Mountain Blues: Mac Martin & His Dixie Travelers (3:07)
06 Home Across the Blue Ridge Mountains: Earl Taylor & The Stoney Mountain Boys (2:02)
07 Poor Ellen Smith: Reno & Harrell with The Tennessee Cut-Ups (2:01)
08 Where the Soul of Man Never Dies: Hylo Brown & The Timberliners (2:01)
09 Grandfather's Clock: Mac Wiseman (2:08)
10 Big Sandy: Red Smiley & the Bluegrass Cut-Ups (1:02)
11 Worried Man Blues: Earl Taylor & The Stoney Mountain Boys (1:57)
12 Deep Elm Blues: Jim Greer & The Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks (2:08)
13 Wild Bill Jones: Hylo Brown & The Timberliners (1:43)
14 Rovin' Gambler: Mac Wiseman (1:49)
15 Soldier's Joy: The Cumberlands with Michael Cleveland (2:36)
16 Darling Corey: Earl Taylor & The Stoney Mountain Boys (1:49)
17 Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss: Red White & the Dixie Blue Grass Band (1:36)
18 When the Bees Are in the Hive: Jim Greer & The Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks (2:24)
19 Bread and Gravy: J.E. Mainer & The Mountaineers with Morris Herbert (2:55)
20 Run Boy Run: Michael Cleveland / The Cumberlands (2:20)
21 Gathering Flowers from the Hillside: Earl Taylor & The Stoney Mountain Boys (2:17)
22 Mole in the Ground: Hylo Brown & The Timberliners (2:23)
23 Long Journey Home: Reno & Harrell with The Tennessee Cut-Ups (2:01)
24 Rebel Soldier: The Cumberlands (3:40)
25 Fire on the Mountain: Fiddlin' DeWayne Wear & the Wear Family (1:10)
26 The Tie That Binds Jim Greer & The Mac-O-Chee Valley Folks (1:27)
27 Rabbit in the Log: Frosty Mountain Boyswith Raymond Fairchild (1:31)
28 All the Good Times Are Past and Gone: Hylo Brown & The Timberliners (2:41)
29 Just Over in Glory Land: Mac Wiseman (1:53)
30 Amazing Grace: Raymond Fairchild & The Maggie Valley Boys (2:02)
Compilation Producer: Sam Passamano, Jr., Designner and Photographer: Marty Rosamond, Engineer: Steve Hoffman
Continuing with our successful Sound Traditions series, Rural Rhythm is proud to release this special new 30 Song Heritage Collection title, Appalachian Mountain Bluegrass 30 Vintage Classics which contains over 60 minutes of Historic Bluegrass Music and debuts many classic recorded songs Never-Before-Available on CD. Each song was remastered from the original master tapes by Steve Hoffman, (a leading mastering engineer in the High End Audio market). The end results are some of the best sounding authentic Traditional Bluegrass music available today.

April 9, 2018

Bruce Cockburn: Stealing Fire

Victor VIL-6146

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Japan
Released: 1984
Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk Rock
A1 Lovers In A Dangerous Time (4:06)
A2 Maybe The Poet (4:53)
A3 Sahara Gold (4:31)
A4 Making Contact (3:46)
A5 Peggy's Kitchen Wall (3:42)
B6 To Raise The Morning Star (5:52)
B7 Nicaragua (4:47)
B8 If I Had A Rocket Launcher (4:59)
B9 Dust And Diesel (5:24)
Bruce Cockburn (guitar/vocals) Jon Goldsmith (keyboards) Fergus Marsh (bass/stick) Miche Pouliot (drums) Chi Sharpe (percussion)
Producer: Jon Goldsmith and Kerry Crawford, Photographer: George Whiteside, Art Direction: Bart Schoales, Engineers: John Naslen, Ron Searles and Mike Reese
After visiting Central America, Bruce Cockburn recorded Stealing Fire, part of which passionately and eloquently details what he'd seen while in Nicaragua and Guatemala. With the opening track, the terse rocker "Lovers in a Dangerous Time," Cockburn conveys both a sense of urgency and uncertainty. There's a brief calm as the second half begins, before a triad of songs written about his time spent in Central America brings the record to a sober conclusion. These three tunes, which, like the majority of the album, sport a tight, worldbeat, folk and rock flavor, are the true highlights of Stealing Fire, and Cockburn at his very best. The first, "Nicaragua," is part observation, part commentary, and part tribute to the Sandinista-led revolution in that country. "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" follows, and is arguably Cockburn's most powerful merging of personal and political feelings. Written after witnessing Guatemalan refugees being chased across the border by gun-wielding helicopters, "Rocket Launcher" evokes not only the pain and suffering of the people, but the conflict between Cockburn's pacifist leanings, and the vengeful anger and hatred incited by such a horrific sight. The Nicaraguan, road-inspired "Dust and Diesel" closes the record with a portrait of a country whose daily contrast of beauty and violence is summed up by the images of people who are proud, hopeful, passionate, afraid, and tired. Stealing Fire, despite a few less than compelling tracks, is the work of an artist at his peak. It also contains some of the most intensely significant material by a singer/songwriter in the 1980s. (AllMusic Review by Brett Hartenbach)

April 8, 2018

The Freedom Singers: We are Soldiers in the Army

Music was essential to the African-American struggle for civil rights and equality. "We Are Soldiers in the Army" demonstrates how the Black American traditional song repertoire and older styles of singing were used to inspire and organize the Civil Rights Movement. The singers here remind us that the days of open discrimination and bigotry are not far behind us, and that "it's people's hearts we're trying to change now." The a cappella quartet features legendary civil rights activists and singers Rutha Harris, Charles Neblett, Bettie Mae Fikes, and Cordell Reagon. More about Voices of Struggle, The Civil Rights movement, 1945 to 1965.

Folkways Records  For more songs and videos from the Folkways Voices of Struggle

April 7, 2018

Bernice Reagon; Folk Songs: The South

Folkways Records FA-2457

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1965
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Gospel
A1 Cotton Need A Pickin' (2:30)
A2 Hallelu (3:15)
A3 Go Tell Aunt Rhody (3:09)
A4 Come An' Go With Me To That Land (3:52)
A5 Ol' Po' Sinner (3:27)
A6 Sun Will Never Go Down (2:40)
A7 Amazing Grace (3:00)
B1 Ain't It A Shame (2:15)
B2 Drinking Of The Wine (3:15)
B3 Grey Goose (2:10)
B4 Come By Hyar (3:30)
B5 Been In The Storm (3:03)
B6 Cane On The Brazos (3:28)
B7 Soon My Work (4:19)
Bernice Johnson Reagon (vocals)
Designer: Ronald Clyne, Photographer: Joe Alper
Reagon writes, "My history was wrapped carefully for me by my fore-parents in the songs of the church, the work fields, and the blues. Ever since this discovery I've been trying to find myself, using the first music I've ever known as a basic foundation for my search for truth." This album features songs from Reagon's journey.

April 6, 2018

Original Folkways Recordings of Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley

Smithsonian Folkways SF CD 40029/30

Format: 2-CD, Album, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1994
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Country
Disk One
101 Crawdad Song (3:35)
102 Sitting on Top of the World (3:09)
103 Lee Highway Blues (1:44)
104 Free Little Bird (2:09)
105 The Coo-Coo Bird (2:36)
106 Rising Sun Blues (2:58)
107 Looking Towards Heaven (2:30)
108 Rambling Hobo (1:30)
109 Rambling Hobo (1:38)
110 Shady Grove (1:31)
111 Cumberland Gap (2:23)
112 Tough Luck (2:28)
113 Humpbacked Mule (1:30)
114 My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains (2:50)
115 Way Down Town (2:31)
116 Banks of the Ohio (4:14)
117 Little Sadie (2:22)
118 Carroll County Blues (1:42)
119 Cluck Old Hen (1:48)
120 Chilly Winds (Lonesome Road Blues) (2:40)
121 Sweet Heaven When I Die (2:40)
122 Fire on the Mountain (1:24)
123 Will the Circle Be Unbroken (3:23)
124 Daniel Prayed (2:56)
125 Amazing Grace (3:53)
Disk Two
201 Sally Ann (2:34)
202 Richmond Blues (1:36)
203 Old Ruben (2:03)
204 Willie Moore (3:34)
205 Walking Boss (1:51)
206 Shout Lulu (1:27)
207 Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy (2:08)
208 Pretty Little Pink (2:29)
209 Run, Jimmie Run (3:09)
210 Hick's Farewell (5:25)
211 The Old Man at the Mill (1:58)
212 A Short Life of Trouble (3:22)
213 Brown's Dream (1:43)
214 Footprints in the Snow (2:45)
215 I'm Going Back to Jericho (1:54)
216 Peg and Awl (2:14)
217 Maggie Walker (2:56)
218 God's Gonna Ease My Troublin' Mind (3:07)
219 I Saw a Man at the Close of Day (2:41)
220 Handsome Molly (2:16)
221 John Henry (3:44)
222 Honey Babe Blues (3:46)
223 Wayfaring Pilgrim (2:45)
Doc Watson (guitar/banjo/harmonica/vocals) Clarence Ashley, Dock Walsh and Jack Burchett (banjo/vocals) Fred Price (fiddle/vocals) Arnold Watson (banjo/harmonica/vocals) Gaither Carlton (banjo/fiddle) Garley Foster (harmonica/guitar/vocals) Clint Howard (guitar/vocals) Jack Johnson (banjo) Tommy Moore (washboard) Jean Ritchie (vocals) Ralph Rinzler (guitar)
Field Worker, Recorder, Producer, Compiler and Liner Notes: Ralph Rinzler, Producer and Compiler: Matt Walters, Photographer and Recorder: Eugene Earle, Producer and Compiler: Jeff Place, Designer: Carol Hardy, Mastering Engineer: Alan Yoshida
With 20 previously unreleased performances, many rare photos, and producer Ralph Rinzler's comprehensive notes, this is the definitive collection of two earlier volumes entitled Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley's. These LP's introduced the world to Doc Watson and played an important role in the folk revival of the '60s. Featured are Gaither Carlton, Clint Howard, Fred Price, Jack Burchett, and others. Compiled by Ralph Rinzler, Matt Walters and Jeff Place. Annotated by Ralph Rinzler.