March 17, 2019

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Capitol Records 7243-5-35148-2-2

Format: 2×CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Country: US
Released: 2002
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Bluegrass
1-01 Grand Ole Opry Song (3:10)
1-02 Keep On The Sunny Side (4:26)
1-03 Nashville Blues (3:15)
1-04 You Are My Flower (3:39)
1-05 The Precious Jewel (4:09)
1-06 Dark As A Dungeon (2:47)
1-07 Tennessee Stud (4:50)
1-08 Black Mountain Rag (2:40)
1-09 Wreck On The Highway (3:25)
1-10 The End Of The World (3:54)
1-11 I Saw The Light (4:21)
1-12 Sunny Side Of The Mountain (2:50)
1-13 Nine Pound Hammer (2:53)
1-14 Losin' You (Might Be The Best Thing Yet) (2:49)
1-15 Honky Tonkin' (2:32)
1-16 You Don't Know My Mind (2:47)
1-17 My Walkin' Shoes (2:52)
2-01 Lonesome Fiddle Blues (2:43)
2-02 Cannonball Rag (1:16)
2-03 Avalanche (2:52)
2-04 Flint Hill Special (2:13)
2-05 Togary Mountain (2:28)
2-06 Earl's Breakdown (2:37)
2-07 Orange Blossom Special (2:12)
2-08 Wabash Cannonball (2:03)
2-09 Lost Highway (3:48)
2-10 Doc Watson & Merle Travis: First Meeting (Dialogue) (1:52)
2-11 Way Downtown (3:35)
2-12 Down Yonder (3:45)
2-13 Pins And Needles (In My Heart) (2:54)
2-14 Honky Tonk Blues (2:23)
2-15 Sailin' On To Hawaii (2:09)
2-16 I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes (4:26)
2-17 I Am A Pilgrim (3:54)
2-18 Wildwood Flower (3:33)
2-19 Soldier's Joy (3:33)
2-20 Will The Circle Be Unbroken (4:48)
2-21 Both Sides Now (2:25)
[Previously Unreleased Tracks]
2-22 Foggy Mountain Breakdown (2:39)
2-23 Warming Up For "The Opry" (Talk) (2:43)
2-24 Sunny Side (Talk) (4:06)
2-25 Remember Me (1:39)
Roy Acuff (vocals) Maybelle Carter (autoharp/guitar/vocals) Doc Watson, Jimmy Martin, Merle Travis (guitar/vocals) Earl Scruggs (banjo/guitar) Vassar Clements (fiddle) Bashful Brother Oswald, Norman Blake (dobro) Randy Scruggs (autoharp/guitar) Junior Husky, Ellis Padgett (bass) Chet Flippo, Martha Flippo, Ray Martin, Tim Martin, Alice McEuen, Larry Murray, Gary Scruggs, Louise Scruggs, Steve Scruggs, Betty Travis (background vocals) Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Béla Fleck, Roger McGuinn (guest artists) Jimmie Fadden, Jeff Hanna, Jimmy Ibbotson, John McEuen, Les Thompson (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
Will the Circle be Unbroken is a 1972 album by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with collaboration from many famous bluegrass and country-western players, including Roy Acuff, Mother Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis, Pete "Oswald" Kirby, Norman Blake, Jimmy Martin, and others. It also introduced fiddler Vassar Clements to a wider audience.

March 16, 2019

Lead Belly Sings "Goodnight Irene" 1935

A folklorist, John Lomax and his son Alan Lomax, with funding from the Library of Congress recorded Huddie William Ledbetter, commonly known as Lead Belly or Leadbelly. They first meet him while he was imprisoned. They were deeply impressed by his vibrant tenor voice and huge repertoire, they recorded him on portable aluminum disc recording equipment for the Library of Congress. They returned to record with new and better equipment in July of the following year (1934), all in all recording hundreds of his songs. On August 1, Lead Belly was released (again having served almost all of his minimum sentence), this time after the Lomaxes had taken a petition to Louisiana Governor Oscar K. Allen at Ledbetter's urgent request. The petition was on the other side of a recording of his signature song, "Goodnight Irene."

Kip Lornell, a Leadbelly expert, thinks this is almost certainly footage from March/April 1935, shot in Wilton, CT. --- probably at the home of friends of the Lomaxes. He wasn't sure if he'd ever seen footage from this event (Martha joining Huddie in NYC) but I have seen stills. He confirmed that, this was before he recorded for ARC, though he had previously recorded for the Library of Congress. Its also well before he recorded anything for Moe Asch, which is now Smithsonian Folkways material.

March 14, 2019

Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl Ballads

Buddha Records 74465 99724 2

Format: CD, Club Edition, Reissue, Remastered
Country: US
Released: 07 Nov 2000
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
01 The Great Dust Storm (Dust Storm Disaster) (3:17)
02 Talking Dust Bowl Blues (2:38)
03 Pretty Boy Floyd (3:07)
04 Dusty Old Dust (So Long It's Been Good To Know Yuh) (3:05)
05 Dust Bowl Blues (3:24)
06 Blowin' Down The Road (I Ain't Gonna To Be Treated This Way) (3:01)
07 Tom Joad (Part 1) (3:23)
08 Tom Joad (Part 2) (3:26)
09 Do Re Mi (2:32)
10 Dust Bowl Refugee (3:04)
11 I Ain't Got No Home In This World Anymore (2:43)
12 Vigilante Man (3:20)
13 Dust Can't Kill Me (2:53)
14 Dust Pneumonia Blues (2:39)
15 Talkin' Dust Bowl Blues (Alternate Take) (2:27)
Woody Guthrie (guitar/harmonica/vocals)
Reissue Producers: Glenn Korman, Nora Guthrie and Rob Santos, Coordinator: Jeremy Holiday, Liner Notes: Dave Marsh, Designer: Brad Conger, Remastered: Doug Pomeroy
Dust Bowl Ballads is an album by Woody Guthrie, recorded for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey in 1940. It was Guthrie's first commercial recording and the most successful album he made. It is considered to be the first or one of the very first concept albums. The Dust Bowl Ballads was originally released as two three-disc collections of 78 rpm records. Twelve sides, including the double-sided "Tom Joad", were included in this release, but two of the thirteen songs, "Pretty Boy Floyd" and "Dust Bowl Blues" were left out due to length. All tracks were recorded at Victor studios in Camden, New Jersey on April 26, 1940, except "Dust Cain't Kill Me" and "Dust Pneumonia Blues" which were recorded on May 3. In 1964, during the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, a reissue including all tracks from the sessions was released in LP format by Folkways Records after RCA refused Guthrie's request to re-issue the album. The complete Dust Bowl Ballads remains available on compact disc through the Smithsonian Institution's Folkways Collection. The songs on Dust Bowl Ballads are semi-autobiographical, chronicling Guthrie's experience as a so-called "Okie" during the Dust Bowl era, where Guthrie witnessed the economic hardship that many migrant workers faced in California. Like many of Guthrie's later recordings, these songs contain an element of social activism, and would be an important influence on later musicians, including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Ochs and Joe Strummer. -- Wikipedia

March 13, 2019

Joan Baez: Diamonds and Rust

Label: A&M Records SP-4527
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Monarch
Country: US
Released: 1975
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk Rock
01 Diamonds & Rust (4:44)
02 Fountain Of Sorrow (4:31)
03 Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer (2:45)
04 Children And All That Jazz (3:07)
05 Simple Twist Of Fate (4:46)
06 Blue Sky (2:54)
07 Hello In There (3:04)
08 Jesse (4:28)
09 Winds Of The Old Days (3:53)
10 Dida (3:20)
11 I Dream Of Jeannie / Danny Boy (4:13)
Diamonds & Rust is a 1975 album by Joan Baez. Baez is often regarded as an interpreter of other people's work, and on this album she covered songs by Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, The Allman Brothers, and Jackson Browne. But Diamonds & Rust also contained a number of her own compositions, including the acclaimed title track, a distinctive song written about Bob Dylan.

March 6, 2019

Bill Monroe & Doc Watson: Live Duet Recordings 1963-1980

Smithsonian Folkways SF CD 40064

Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 21 Aug 2012
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass, Country Blues
01 Foggy Mountain Top (2:46)
02 What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul (4:31)
03 Watson's Blues (2:28)
04 Soldier's Joy (2:47
05 Where Is My Sailor Boy? (What Does The Depp Sea Say?) (3:31)
06 You Won't Be Satisfied That Way (2:02)
07 Kentucky Mandolin (2:00)
08 East Tennessee Blues (2:12)
09 Midnight On The Stormy Deep (4:34)
10 Lonesome Moonlight Waltz (1:35)
11 Banks Of The Ohio (3:33)
12 Fire On The Mountain (1:49)
13 Chicken Reel (1:50)
14 Turkey In The Straw (1:10)
15 Memories Of You (3:11)
16 Have A Feast Here Tonight (Rabbit In A Log) (2:31)
17 Paddy On The Turnpike (2:35)
Bill Monroe (mandolin/vocals) Doc Watson (guotar/vocals)
Recorder and Liner Notes: Ralph Rinzler, Photographers: Peter Feldmann and Robert Yellin
The essential genius of Bill Monroe and Doc Watson resides in their ability to infuse traditional American music with their distinctive musical personalities. Their unparalleled vocal and instrumental skills complement one another on these rare, previously unreleased duets." chronicles the early meetings of two instrumental geniuses." — Billboard

March 2, 2019

Osborne Brothers: Country Bluegrass

MCA Special Products MCAD-20976

Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1996
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
01 Roll Muddy River (2:27)
02 Ruby Are You Mad At Your Man (3:00)
03 The Kind Of Woman I Got (2:25)
04 Blue Heartache (2:06)
05 Don't Let Smokey Mountain Smoke Get In Your Eyes (2:12)
06 Rocky Top (2:35)
07 Lizzie Lou (2:37)
08 Up This Hill And Down (2:20)
09 Georgia Pineywoods (2:09)
10 My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine And Dandelion Wine) (2:24)
Sonny Osborne (banjo/vocals) Bobby Osborne (mandolin/vocals)
Producer: Owen Bradley and Harry Silverstein, Compiler: Carl Michelakos
MCA Special Products' Country Bluegrass rounds up ten highlights from the Osborne Brothers' recordings for Decca in the '60s. Although these recordings don't find the Osbornes at their most traditional, they're nevertheless quite enjoyable, particularly for casual fans who aren't looking for anything more than a sampler. Among the featured songs are "Roll Muddy River," "Blue Heartache," "Don't Let Smokey Mountain Smoke Get in Your Eyes," "Lizzie Lou," and "My Old Kentucky Home". (AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

March 1, 2019

Bruce Buckley: Ohio Valley Ballads

Folkways Records FA 2025

Format: Vinyl, 10"
Country: US
Released: 1995
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
A1 The Rowan County Crew (3:34)
A2 Pearl Bryan (2:54)
A3 Sidney Allen (2:09)
A4 Sam Bass (2:26)
B1 Lula Viers (3:54)
B2 The Rarden Wreck Of 1893 (The Wreck On The CP & V) (2:12)
B3 John Henry (2:29)
B4 Molly Bonder (3:30)
Bruce Buckley (guitar/vocals)
Producer: Charles Edward Smith
These musical vignettes of historical events feature tales of outlaws, murders, feuds, and trainwrecks. In these fascinating accounts of misfortune in the Ohio River Valley, tragedy finds folk expression. Charles Edward Smith provides extensive notes about the events described in Bruce Buckley's performances.

February 28, 2019

Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 1: Secular Music

Ethnic Folkways Library FE 4417

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1951
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Blues
A1 Mama Don't Tear My Clothes: Joe Brown (1:42)
A2 Southern Pacific: Joe Brown (1:23)
A3 Black Woman: Rich Amerson (5:00)
A4 Kansas City Blues: Red Willie Smith (1:46)
A5 Salty Dog Blues: Red Willie Smith (1:30)
A6 I'm Goin' Up North: East York School (Ala.) (1:27)
A7 Little Sally Walker: Lilly's Chapel School (Ala.) (1:05)
A8 See See Rider: Lilly's Chapel School (Ala.) (1:21)
B1 Mama's Goin' To Buy Him a Little Lap Dog: Vera Hall (0:47)
B2 Soon As My Back's Turned: Earthy Anne Coleman (1:35)
B3 She Done Got Ugly: Willie Turner (1:21)
B4 Now Your Man Done Gone: Willie Rurner (2:05)
B5 Field Calls: Annie Grace Horn Dodson (1:20)
B6 Father's Field Call: Annie Grace Horn Dodson (0:27)
B7 Children's Call: Annie Grace Horn Dodson (0:45)
B8 Greeting Call: Annie Grace Horn Dodson (0:48)
B9 Complaint Call: Enoch Brown (0:42)
B10 Brer Rabbit and the Alligators: Rich Amerson (3:55)
Artist and Recorder: Harold Courlander, Designer: Ronald Clyne
In an attempt to break away from the caricature of black music that was popular in America during the 1950s, Harold Courlander compiled this collection as documentation of black music in Alabama in its purest form. This first volume of secular music highlights some of the different manifestations of black music during that time including the virtuosic harmonica playing of Joe Brown, the left-handed guitar playing of Willie Smith, and the popular ring games of school children.

February 27, 2019

Scotty Stoneman with the Kentucky Colonels

Rural Rhythm Records RHY 1017

Format: CD, Album, Reissue
Country: US
Released: 2002
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
01 Oklahama Stomp (4:25)
02 Once A Day (4:20)
03 Eighth Of January (5:20)
04 Any Damn Thing (2:22)
05 Lee Highway Blues (2:26)
06 Down Yonder (2:20)
07 Sally Goodin (4:09)
08 A Wound Time Can't Erase (4:14)
09 Shuckin' The Corn (2:21)
10 Listen To The Mockingbird (3:34)
11 Cherokee Waltz (5:00)
12 Cacklin' Hen (3:42)
13 Orange Blossom Special (4:00)
14 Goodnight Irene (2:50)
Scotty Stoneman (fiddle/vocals) Clarence White (guitar/vocals) Roland White (mandolin/vocals) Billy Ray Lathum (banjo/vocals) Roger Bush (bass/vocals) Skip Conover (dobro)
Directe and rDesigner: Jeremy Kay, Sleeve Notes: Alex Tottle and Jerry Garcia, Photographers: Steve Caholl, Diane Moore and Johm M. Delgatto, Engineer: Brooks Adam Otis
Recorded June-August 1965 at the Cobble Club , N. Hollywood CA & March 27, 29 at the Ash Grove, Hollywood CA. Digitally re-mastered and expanded edition of this classic 1978 Sierra release features the late great Scotty Stone man who Jerry Garcia called the "Bluegrass Charlie Parker " while others called him "the Jimi Hendrix " of the fiddle. With album notes by the equally late great and Stone man fan, Jerry Garcia, Live in L.A. is the only album featuring this innovative country fiddler with both instrumentals and vocals along with the legendary Kentucky Colonels featuring Clarence White. Mastered from the original audio tapes, this release also features many new, rare photos with additional notes by Richard Greene and Peter Rowan, as well as faithful reproductions of the original LP color graphics plus four bonus track not on the original vinyl LP release.

February 25, 2019

The Mac Wiseman Story

CMH Records CD-9001

Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1995
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
01 Love Letters In The Sand (2:15)
02 Little Blossom (3:08)
03 I've Got No Use For The Women (3:25)
04 Dark Hollow (2:28)
05 The Wreck Of The Old 97 (2:10)
06 The Ballad Of The Lawson Family (2:30)
07 May I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight, Mister (3:06)
08 Bringing Mary Home (3:33)
09 The Girl In The Blue Velvet Band (2:36)
10 I'll Be All Smiles Tonight (3:20)
11 I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home (3:00)
12 Jimmie Brown, The Newsboy (2:00)
13 Little Box Of Pine (3:20)
14 Remembering (1:50)
15 These Hands (2:42)
16 The Baggage Coach Ahead (2:41)
17 I Still Write Your Name In The Sand (2:55)
18 Six More Miles (2:11)
19 'Tis Sweet To Be Remembered (2:37)
20 Dreaming Of A Little Cabin (2:49)
Mac Wiseman (guitar/vocals) Clarence "Tater" Tater (fiddle) Billy Edwards (banjo) John Palmer (bass) Arthur Smith (fiddle/mandolin/dobro/guitar) Clay Smith (guitar) David Brakefield (drums)
Producer: Arthur Smith, Eengineers: Hank Poole and Chuck Owens, Mastered by: John Eberle, Cover Photo: Peter Nash
Available for the first time on compact disc in celebration of Mac's 50th anniversary in music, this collection contains 20 of his most requested songs along with extensive album notes. Remixed and remastered by top engineers in Nashville, this is a must for all Mac Wiseman fans! "Love Letters in the Sand", "Wreck of the Old 97", "Jimmie Brown the Newsboy", "Dark Hollow", "I'll Be All Smiles Tonight", etc.

February 16, 2019

Hermes Nye: Early English Ballads from the Percy and Child Collections

Folkways Records FA 2305

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono
Country: US
Released: 1957
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Celtic, & World
A01 Robin Hood's Golden Prize (3:15)
A02 The Death of Robin Hood (2:34)
A03 Whittingham Fair (2:53)
A04 The Outlandish Knight (3:19)
A05 The Three Ravens- Twa Corbies (3:39)
A06 Binnorie - The Cruel Sister (3:22)
A07 Thomas, The Rhymer (2:30)
A08 Sir Patrick Spens (2:52)
A09 Queen Eleanor's Confession (4:45)
B01 Clerk Saunders (3:02)
B02 Lord Thomas And Fair Ellinor (2:45)
B03 My Love Built Me A Bonnie Bower (2:57)
B04 Mary Hamilton (1:57)
B05 O, Waly, Waly (2:30)
B06 Rob Roy (2:47)
B07 Lizzie Lindsay (2:47)
B08 Glenlogie - Jean O Bethelnie (2:07)
B09 Get Up And Bar The Door (1:59)
B10 The Lament Of The Border Widow (3:27)
B11 King O'Luve - Fause Foodrage (1:25)
Hermes Nye (guitar/vocals)
Designgner: Ronald Clyne
Hermes Nye's "sneaking fondness for the English things from Percy and Child" takes center stage on this collection of ballads. The singer's commentaries enliven the notes: for example, Nye writes, "Sir Walter Scott collected ["Binnorie"], and probably had enough integrity not to add to it, although we can never be sure about those old boys."

February 9, 2019

The Making of "Mama's Cryin' Long" from 'Songs of Our Native Daughters'

'Songs of Our Native Daughters,' a stunning thirteen-track album based on historical notions and observations of slavery written and performed by Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell (Birds of Chicago), and Amythyst Kiah, will be available February 22, 2018 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Co-produced by Giddens and Dirk Powell (Balfa Toujours, Joan Baez), the collection portrays the often overlooked suffering, resilience, and agency of black women in the face of intersectional oppression throughout American history.

Folkways Records
Our Native Daughters (Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell)

February 2, 2019

Slaves Dancing on a South Carolina Plantation

Old plantation in Beaufort County, South Carolina ca.1785-1795

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The Old Plantation is an American folk art watercolor likely painted in the late 18th century on a South Carolina plantation. It is notable for its early date, its credible, non-stereotypical depiction of slaves on the North American mainland, and the fact that the slaves are shown pursuing their own interests. The artist has been identified as South Carolina slaveholder John Rose, and the painting may depict his plantation in what is now Beaufort County. (Read more...)

January 30, 2019

John McCutcheon in Concert at the Library of Congress

John McCutcheon plays music exclusively from the collections of the Library's American Folklife Center, including material from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger's collections, as well as his own. While in his 20s, McCutcheon traveled to Appalachia, collected folk music and learned from some of the legendary greats of traditional music, such as Roscoe Holcomb, I.D. Stamper and Tommy Hunter. In addition to his own fieldwork, McCutcheon also traveled and collected with traditional musician and folklorist Mike Seeger. Most of this fieldwork is part of the permanent collections of the American Folklife Center.

Speaker Biography: John McCutcheon is an American folksinger, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is regarded as a master of the hammered dulcimer, and is also proficient on many other instruments including guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle and jawharp. His eclectic catalog of ballads, historical songs, children's songs, love songs, topical satire, fiddle and hammer dulcimer instrumentals, and even symphonic works, are among the broadest in American folk music. His vast repertoire also includes songs from many other contemporary writers. His own songwriting has been hailed by critics around the world; his song "Christmas in the Trenches" is considered a classic and was recently named one of the 100 Essential Folk Songs by NPR. His 36 albums have earned six Grammy nominations.

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January 26, 2019

Liz Getz: How Can I Keep From Singing

Folkways Records FA 2442

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1966
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
A1 One Kind Favor (3:21)
A2 Grey Cat On The Tennessee Farm (2:07)
A3 A Song By Jeremy Merrick (3:15)
A4 Healing River (2:49)
A5 Come Back Baby (3:44)
A6 Oh, Had I A Golden Thread (3:42)
A7 How Can I Keep From Singing (2:51)
B1 Willie My Brave (3:14)
B2 Al Olivio, Al Olivio (1:43)
B3 I Still Miss Someone (2:58)
B4 Bells Of Rhymney (2:45)
B5 Little Sadie (2:44)
B6 River Of My People (2:49)
B7 Measuring The Strings (1:17)
Liz Getz (guitar/vocals)
With a voice reminiscent of Joan Baez's, Liz Getz performs a wide range of songs on this album, including songs by Dave Macon, Pete Seeger, Stephen Foster, and others.

January 20, 2019

The Carter Family: On Border Radio 1939 Vol. 1

Arhoolie Records 411

Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1995
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
01 XET Station Break, Introduction, Theme Song / The Wandering Boy (2:44)
02 I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home / In The Highways (3:17)
03 Room For You And Me (1:36)
04 Cumberland Gap / Lonesome Valley (2:33)
05 Just Another Broken Heart (1:05)
06 Darling We Are Growing Older / The Old Texas Trail (3:35)
07 Cowboy's Wild Song To His Herd / Maple On The Hill (3:14)
08 New River Train / Lover's Lane (2:51)
09 My Sweetheart Is A Poor Working Girl / Waves Of The Sea (2:58)
10 On The Sea Of Galilee (1:32)
11 The Curtains Of Night (1:38)
12 Just A Few More Days Of Sorrow (2:28)
13 Theme Out & XET Station Break (1:22)
14 Intro & Theme / When Our Lord Shall Come Again (2:36)
15 The Happiest Days Of All (1:27)
16 By And Bye / We Shall Rise (3:22)
17 Engine 143 / Jealous Hearted Me (3:22)
18 Untitled / What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul? (2:54)
19 Beautiful Brown Eyes & Sweet Fern (2:40)
20 I Have No Loving Mother Now (2:06)
21 Western Hobo (1:51)
22 Single Girl (2:04)
23 I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes (1:33)
24 The Sun's Gonna Shine In My Back Door Someday / Give Me The Roses While I Live (2:53)
25 You Denied Your Love (2:15)
26 No Telephone In Heaven (2:29)
27 Theme Out & XET Station Break (1:11)
A. P. Carter (vocals) Maybelle Carter (guitar/autoharp/vocals) Sara Carter (autoharp/vocals) Anita Carter, Helen Carter, Janette Carter, June Carter (vocals) Benny Medina (voice)
Artwork: Beth Weil, Designer: Wayne Pope
In 1938 and 1939, the first family of American country music, the Carter Family, recorded transcriptions for radio broadcast on Mexican border radio stations. The recordings featured A.P. Carter, his wife Sara, sister-in-law Maybelle, A.P. and Sara’s daughter Janette (listed as Jeanette in the liner notes), and Maybelle’s three children, Helen, June, and Anita. In 1963, 17 transcription discs were discovered at station XET in Monterrey, Mexico. In 1995, Arhoolie Records released three CDs containing material from the 17 discs. In Volume 1, the Carters perform their signature theme, “Keep on the Sunny Side,” to open their broadcasts and sing a mix of country, western, and gospel songs including “Single Girl, Married Girl,” a song they first recorded in 1927.