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
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)
Snooks Eaglin (guitar/vocals)
Producer: Kenneth S. Goldstein, Recorder & Photographer: Harry Oster, Designer: Joe Parisi
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
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
Béla Fleck (banjo/guitar/vocals) Abigail Washburn (banjo/tap dancing/vocals)
Designer: Jimmy Hole, Photographer: Jim McGuire, Engineer: Richard Battaglia, Mastering: Richard Dodd
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
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)
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
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
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
Woody Guthrie (guitar/harmonica/vocals) Design: Ronald Clyne, Photography: Arthur Rothstein
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
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)
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
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."

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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
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)
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
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
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
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)
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)
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
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)
Tony Rice (guitar/vocals) Ricky Skaggs (mandolin/vocals)
Design & Illustration: Raymond Simone, Design: Sue Meyer, Photography: Jon Sievert, Engineers: Donivan Cowart & Richard Adler, Remastered: David Glasser