May 20, 2018

Cisco Houston: Cisco Sings

Folkways Records FA-2346

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1958
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
[Tracklist]
A1 Pat Works On The Railway (2:16)
A2 Blowing Down That Old Dusty Road (3:05)
A3 Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill (2:34)
A4 The Killers (4:42)
A5 Rambling, Gambling Man (3:34)
A6 The Zebra Dun (2:52)
A7 Old Reilly (4:05)
B1 Old Howard (3:31)
B2 Make Me A Bed Right Down On Your Floor (1:55)
B3 John Hardy (2:38)
B4 The Boll Weevil (3:07)
B5 The Midnight Special (2:47)
B6 St.James Infirmary (3:06)
B7 Great July Jones (2:29)
[Credits]
Cisco Houston (guitar/vocals)
Cover Artwork: J. Simon
[Notes]
Cisco Houston's smooth, spirited voice croons songs from the railways, mines, and the open range on this collection of his favorite ballads. In the tradition of composing songs to tell stories, Houston also includes a tall tale he wrote, "Great July Jones."

May 19, 2018

The Lilly Bros & Don Stover: Bluegrass at the Roots 1961

Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40158

Format: CD, Album, Reissue
Country: US
Released: 2005
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
[Tracklist]
01 In My Dear Old Southern Home (2:13)
02 Midnight On The Stormy Sea (3:35)
03 Forgotten Soldier Boy (3:13)
04 Down On The Banks Of The Ohio (4:18)
05 Where Is My Sailor Boy? (3:07)
06 Sinner, You Better Get Ready (2:58)
07 What Would You Give In Exchange? (3:25)
08 Oh, Hide You In The Blood (3:01)
09 Little Annie (2:59)
10 'Neath That Cold Grey Tomb Of Stone (3:03)
11 Barbara Allen (7:08)
12 The Fox And Hounds (2:26)
13 John Hardy (3:28)
14 Old Joe Clark (1:53)
15 Salt River (1:31)
16 Cornbread And 'Lasses And Sassafras Tea (2:10)
17 The Waves On The Sea (2:43)
18 Saints Go Marching In (2:47)
[Credits]
Bea Lilly (guitar/vocals) Everett Lilly (mandolin/vocals) Don Stover (banjo/vocals) Herb Hooven (fiddle/bass) Mike Seeger (bass)
Producers: Mary Monseur, D. A. Sonneborn and Daniel Sheehy, Producer and Recorder: Mike Seeger, Liner Notes: Pete Kuykendall, Carla Borden and Dick Spottswood, Designer: Sonya Cohen Cramer, Photographer: John Cohen, Enginner: Pete Reiniger
[Notes]
Brothers Everett and "B" Lilly of West Virginia partnered with banjo great Don Stover to lay down this honest, first-class rendition of bluegrass roots. The Lillys' harmony vocals and Stover's classic banjo style made this a milestone recording when it was first released by Folkways in 1961. Remastered with 2 previously unreleased tracks from producer Mike Seeger's original recordings. 24-page booklet with photos. 56 minutes. Tracks 12 & 15 previously unreleased.

May 18, 2018

Don't Mourn-Organize! Songs of Labor Songwriter Joe Hill

Smithsonian Folkways CD SF 40026

Format: CD, Album, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1990
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
[Tracklist]
01 Joe Hill: Billy Bragg (8:25)
02 Joe Hill's Last Will: Utah Phillips (3:13)
03 Joe Hill's Ashes: Mark Levy (3:20)
04 The Preacher and the Slave: n/a (3:40)
05 Joe Hill: Paul Robeson (2:59)
06 Paper Heart: Si Kahn (2:37)
07 Casey Jones (The Union Scab): Pete Seeger (1:59)
08 Mr. Block: Mats Paulson (3:03)
09 Joe Hill Listens to the Praying: Joe Glazer and Lori Elaine Taylor (7:23)
10 The Tramp: Cisco Houston (3:17)
11 Joe Hill: Earl Robinson (2:38)
12 The White Slave: Carlos Cortez (3:30)
13 Narrative: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (1:08)
14 The Rebel Girl: Hazel Dickens (3:00)
15 There is Power in a Union: Entertainment Workers IU 630 with Utah Phillips (4:10)
[Credits]
Producer and Liner Notes: Lori Elaine Taylor, Designer: Daphne Shuttleworth
[Notes]
Joe Hill's powerful songs moved Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Utah Phillips, Si Kahn, and countless others to blend politics and song. This dramatic tribute to the Industrial Workers of the World songwriter and activist Joe Hill, features songs by and about Hill performed by Billy Bragg, Hazel Dickens, Earl Robinson, Paul Robeson, and others. Compiled by Lori Elaine Taylor. "A treasure for anyone interested in American folk or labor music." — Washington Post

May 17, 2018

Barbara Lamb: Fiddle Fatale

Sugar Hill Record SH-CD-3810

Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 1993
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass, Country Swing
[Tracklist]
01 Sally Goodin (3:36)
02 Panhandle Rag (4:29)
03 A Good Woman's Love (4:28)
04 Paddy On The Turnpike / Gone Again (3:41)
05 Montana Glide (4:17)
06 Herman's Hornpipe (3:20)
07 So What (4:02)
08 Foster's Reel (4:07)
09 Old French Reel (2:15)
10 I'll Never Be Free ( 3:45)
11 Katy Hill (2:56)
12 Princess Angeline Cafe (3:39)
13 Ducks On The Millpond (Ducks With Bongos) (3:59)
[Credits]
Barbara Lamb (fiddle/vocals) Tim O'Brien (bouzouki/mandolin/vocals) Jerry Douglas (dobro) Sam Bush (mandolin) Tony Trischka (banjo) David Keenan, Jo Miler and Scott Nygaard (guitar) Nova Devonie (accordion) Pete Wasner (piano) Nancy Katz, Ed Gately and Mark Winchester (bass) Joe Craven (percussion) Ben Holmes (drums)
Producer: Tim O'Brien, Engineers: Randy Best, Kevin Clock, Jay Follette, David Glasser and Michael Lord
[Notes]
This was fiddler Barbara Lamb's declaration of independence upon her departure from Ranch Romance, an (almost) all-woman retro country swing outfit that had recorded several very fine albums for the Sugar Hill label. Her former bandmates join her here on several tracks that could have easily been included on a Ranch Romance album, including a debonair rendition of the Texas swing classic "Panhandle Rag" and a charming Tex-Mex number titled "So What." Elsewhere on the program she returns to her bluegrass roots, accompanied by banjoist Tony Trischka, guitarist Scott Nygaard, and mandolinist Sam Bush, among others. The program opens with a burning performance of "Sally Goodin," and it also includes a great fiddle and banjo arrangement of "Katy Hill" and a cute fiddle-and-bongo arrangement of "Ducks on the Millpond." She also gets good and countrified in collaboration with Tim O'Brien on "A Good Woman's Love" and on a slow waltz entitled "Montana Glide." The variety works very well; this is an excellent album. (AllMusic Review by Rick Anderson)

May 14, 2018

Duffey・Waller・Adcock & Gray: Classic Country Gents Reunion

Sugar Hill Record SH-CD-3772

Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 1989
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
[Tracklist]
01 Fare The Well (2:45)
02 Stewball (4:05)
03 I'll Be Here In The Morning (2:59)
04 Champagne Breakdown (2:22)
05 Here Today And Gone Tomorrow (3:26)
06 Gonna Get There Soon (2:29)
07 Hey Lala (2:58)
08 Casey's Last Ride (4:21)
09 Wild Side Of Life (2:23)
10 Wait A Little Longer (3:28)
11 Back Home In Indiana (2:32)
12 Thinking Of You (2:32)
13 Say Won't You Be Mine (2:42)
[Credits]
John Duffey (mandolin/vocals) Charlie Waller (guitar/vocals) Eddie Adcock (banjo/vocals) Tom Gray (bass/vocals) Mike Auldridge (dobro)
Producers: Penny Parsons and Eddie Adcock, Liner Notes: Penny Parsons, Designer: Raymond Simone, Photographer: Brant Gamma, Engineer: Mike Zook and Jim Loyd
[Notes]
Classic Country Gents Reunion is an album by the progressive bluegrass band Country Gentlemen, released in 1989. The first classic lineup from the 60' reunites here to record this album.

May 9, 2018

Woody Guthrie: Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child

Smithsonian Folkways CD SF 45035

Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Country: US
Released: 1991
Genre: Children's, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Nursery Rhymes, Educational, Folk
[Tracklist]
01 Grassy Grass Grass (Grow, Grow, Grow) (1:35)
02 Swimmy Swim (1:53)
03 Little Sugar (Little Saka Sugar) (1:22)
04 Rattle My Rattle (1:11
05 I Want My Milk (I Want It Now) (2:17)
06 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 (1:11)
07 One Day Old (1:33)
08 Wash-y Wash Wash (Warshy Little Tootsy) (1:34)
09 I'll Eat You, I'll Drink You (1:40)
10 Make A Blobble (2:05)
11 Who's My Pretty Baby (Hey Pretty Baby) (1:43)
12 I'll Write And I'll Draw (2:27)
13 Why, Oh Why (3:27)
14 Pick It Up (1:51)
15 Pretty And Shiny-O (1:28)
16 Needle Sing (2:15)
17 Bling-Blang (2:41)
18 Goodnight Little Arlo (Goodnight Little Darlin') (3:16)
[Credits]
Woody Guthrie (guitar/vocals)
Designner: Daphne Shuttleworth, Liner Notes: Anthony Seeger, Recorder: Moses Asch
[Notes]
Beautifully remastered vintage recordings with vocals, acoustic guitar, and rattles. Includes counting songs 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and One Day Old, playful songs Wash-y Wash and Pick It Up, and songs of adoration Little Sugar and Eat You Up. "Songs meant for you to sing with your children as parents have done for generations." —Long Island Parenting News

May 5, 2018

The Days of '49: Songs of the Gold Rush - Sung by Logan English

Folkways Records FH-5255

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1957
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
[Tracklist]
A1 Sacramento (1:45)
A2 A Ripping Trip (1:40)
A3 Sweet Betsy From Pike (4:05)
A4 Crossing The Plains (5:10)
A5 Prospecting Dream (3:05)
A6 Life In California (3:00)
A7 I Often Think Of Writing Home (2:00)
B1 The Days Of '49 (3:15)
B2 He's The Man For Me (2:35)
B3 Clementine (3:15)
B4 The Gambler (2:00)
B5 Joe Bowers (3:20)
B6 The California Stage Company (2:35)
B7 California Bloomer (1:45)
B8 Sacramento Gals (1:25)
[Credits]
Logan English (guitar/vocals) Billy Faier (banjo)
Recorder and Liner Notes: Kenneth S. Goldstein, Designer: Ronald Clyne
[Notes]
Performed by Logan English and Billy Faier this collection represents a specific historical time period: The Gold Rush. Logan and Faier pay homage to John A. Stone (aka "Old Put") who was instrumental in collecting these songs dating back to before 1860. The songs tell of the excitement of the Gold Rush, as well as the gritty hardships faced by the miners: "Many of his songs may show some hard edges, and he is free to confess, that they may fail to please the more aristocratic portion of the community, who have but little sympathy with the details, hopes, trials or joys or the toiling miner’s life… "

May 2, 2018

Kathy Mattea: Calling Me Home

Sugar Hill Records SUG-CD-4085

Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 2012
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country, Bluegrass, Folk
[Tracklist]
01 A Far Cry (4:07)
02 Gone, Gonna Rise Again (3:20)
03 The Wood Thrush’s Song (3:47)
04 West Virginia Mine Disaster (4:29)
05 The Maple’s Lament (3:52)
06 Hello, My Name Is Coal (3:00)
07 Calling Me Home (2:30)
08 Black Waters (4:56)
09 West Virginia, My Home (4:26)
10 Agate Hill (3:47)
11 Now Is The Cool Of The Day (3:25)
12 Requiem For A Mountain (2:37)
[Credits]
Kathy Mattea (vocals) Stuart Duncan (banjo/zither/fiddle/mandolin) Byron House (bass) Randy Kohrs (dobro) Bryan Sutton (banjo/guitar/mandolin) Jon Randall Stewart, Bill Cooley and John Randall (guitar) Tim Lauer (accordion/percussion/organ) Jim Brock (percussion) Tim Eriksen, Sarah Dugas, Alison Krauss, Mollie O'Brien, Tim O'Brien, Patty Loveless, Emmylou Harris, Oliver Wood and Aoife O'Donovan (vocal harmony)
Producer and Recorder: Gary Paczosa, Liner Notes: Barbara Kingsolver, Photographer: David McClister, Designer: Carrie Smith, Engineers: Brandon Bell, Ellery Durgin, Garrett Sawyer, Don Cobb and Eric Conn
[Notes]
When Kathy Mattea made a hard roots turn on 2008's Coal, a heartfelt examination in classic mining songs of the hard, often dangerous life of coal miners, it sounded like she'd been singing them all her life. On Calling Me Home, Mattea delivers a second album of material that has its origins in coal country and/or her native rural West Virginia. With co-producer Gary Paczosa, she chose songs that drew their inspiration from coal-mining communities, and the juxtaposition of the natural environment and its devastation at the hands of an industry that is often the only one that provides a livelihood. These songs were penned by classic topical writers and modern performers. The band is top-flight: Stuart Duncan, Byron House, Bryan Sutton, Tim Lauer, Bill Cooley, and Jim Brock. Guest vocalists include Patty Loveless, Tim & Mollie O'Brien, Alison Krauss, and Emmylou Harris, to mention a few. Paczosa is well-known in acoustic music circles, from bluegrass and newgrass to modern folk, for his manner of capturing warm, pristine, immediate sound. The arrangements by Paczosa and Mattea never lose sight of the traditional -- even if the song is present-day -- while honoring the progressive talents of all the players involved. Atop it all, of course, is Mattea's voice: full, rich, soulful, evocative of both history and mystery. Her husky, smooth delivery and unique phrasing get these songs across with conviction. Its in the haunted backwoods gospel of Si Kahn's "Gone, Gonna Rise Again," a song rich in sociological and environmental metaphors. Catch her reading of Laurie Lewis' "The Wood Thrush's Song," with Aoife O'Donovan's harmony vocal, as Mattea digs deep inside the lyric while mandolins, guitars, accordion, and bass give her a podium. She doesn't need to soar above them; she merely has to assert the authority of the lyric to invite the listener in. This is equally true in the reportorial classic "West Virginia Mine Disaster" by Hazel Dickens. Contrast this with the desolate a cappella lament of Alice Gerrard's "Now Is the Cool of the Day," the nostalgia of Dickens' "West Virginia, My Home," or the depth of historical loss in Jean Ritchie's "Black Waters." The "blues" in bluegrass is resonant in Mattea's declamatory reading of Larry Cordle's dark-tinged, historically ambivalent "Hello, My Name Is Coal." Calling Me Home is not only a worthy follow-up to Coal, but it presents even the most historic of these songs as timeless and ever present. It's more confident, powerful, and beautiful. (AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek)

April 25, 2018

What's The Difference Between A Violin And A Fiddle? A Conversation with David Bromberg


David Bromberg discussed his personal collection of American-made violins with Nancy Groce. They were joined by Kenneth Naito and Nate Growler and showed a violin from the David Bromberg American Violin Collection made in Baltimore by Luther Heiges. During the past 50 years David Bromberg has amassed the largest and most comprehensive collection of American violins. David Bromberg is a prolific performer of Americana music, ranging from the blues and folk to rock. He has collaborated with some of the great artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, and George Harrison. He is a violin collector. He owns and operates David Bromberg Fine Violins in Wilmington Delaware.

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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
[Tracklist]
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)
[Credits]
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
[Notes]
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
[Tracklist]
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
[Credits]
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
[Notes]
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
[Credits]
Ronnie Gilbert (alto) Pete Seeger (banjo/tenor) Lee Hays (bass) Fred Hellerman (guitar/baritone)
[Notes]
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
[Tracklist]
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)
[Credits]
Producer: Nicholas R. Spitzer, Liner Notes: Nick Spitzer and Leslie Spitz-Edison, Designer: Carol Hardy, Engineers: John Tyler, Pete Reiniger and Matt Sakakeeny
[Notes]
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.

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