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!".

The Library of Congress
For more information, visit: http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5739

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]
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)
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 (John Henry): 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)
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)
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)
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)
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]
This deluxe 6-CD collector's boxed set contains a 96-page book featuring Harry Smith's original songbook framed by essays by Greil Marcus and other noted writers, musicians, and scholars. Play the enhanced sixth disc on your CD-ROM drive and access historic video footage, rare photos, artist interviews, and additional background information. Edited by Harry Smith. Reissue compiled by the staff of Smithsonian Folkways. Reissue liner notes by Greil Marcus, Neil Rosenberg, Jeff Place, Jon Pankake, Luis Kemnitzer and others. "...the missing link in rock's official history." -Newsweek ★★★★★ -Rolling Stone

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May 27, 2017

Yvette Landry Trio: Cajun Music & Louisiana Honky-Tonk


September 7, 2016, 64 minutes

Library of Congress concert: In this concert Grammy-nominated, award-winning vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Yvette Landry is joined by Richard Comeaux on pedal steel and Beau Thomas on fiddle. Yvette Landry grew up in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, not far from the levees of the Atchafalaya Basin, North America's largest swampland. It was in and around that swamp where she learned to hunt, fish, ride horses, dance, understand French, and tell stories. After earning a master's degree in education and developing a successful teaching career, she began telling stories through song.

The Library of Congress
For more information, visit: http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7683

May 20, 2017

Old-Time Mountain Ballads 1926-29

County Records CD-3504

Format: CD, Compilation, Remastered
Country: US
Released: 1995
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Old-time
[Tracklist]
01 Dark Holler Blues: Clarence Ashley (2:56) 10/23/29
02 Pearl Bryan: Burnett & Rutherford (3:02) 11/6/26
03 Darling Cora: B. F. Shelton (3:47) 7/29/27
04 Charles Giteaux: Kelly Harrell (3:03) 3/22/27
05 Rose Conley: G. B. Grayson & Henry Whitter (3:24) 10/18/27
06 Wreck on the Mountain Road: Red Fox Chasers (2:35) 4/4/28
07 The Wagoner's Lad: Buell Kazee (3:02) 1/18/28
08 The Fate of Chris Lively and Wife: Blind Alfred Reed (3:20) 12/19/27
09 Six Months Ain't Long: Rutherford & Foster (2:59) 1/14/29
10 Louisville Burglar: The Hickory Nuts (2:47) 9/24/27
11 The Fate of Ellen Smith: Green Bailey (2:38) 11/30/28
12 Dixie Cowboy: Aulton Ray (2:46) 4/26/27
13 Willie Moore: Burnett & Rutherford (3:13) ca.11/3/27
14 I'll Never Be Yours: G. B. Grayson & Henry Whitter (3:01) early 10/27
15 My Mama Always Talked to Me: John Hammond, Jr. (2:28) ca. 9/17/27
16 Frankie Silvers: Byrd Moore (3:15) 10/23/29
17 The Burial of Wild Bill: Frank Jenkins' Pilot Mountaineers (2:50) ca. 9/12/29
18 Death of John Henry: Uncle Dave Macon (3:00) 4/14/26
[Credits]
Liner Notes: Charles Wolfe, Art Direction & Design: Fred Carlson, Coordination: Gary B. Reid, Produce: Rich Nevins
[Notes]Transfer of music from 78 rpm source material by Rich Nevins. Restoration of music and preparation of digital master by CMS Digital.

May 19, 2017

Mud Acres: Music Among Friends

Rounder Records 3001

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1972
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass, Folk, Country
[Tracklis]
A1 Cowpoke (1:27)
A2 Done Laid Around (2:50)
A3 Darlin' Corey Is Gone (3:29)
A4 Titanic (4:02)
A5 Give Me Back My Fifteen Cents (1:49)
A6 Out Of Joint (1:47)
A7 Jackhammer Blues (2:53)
A8 Oh, The Rain (4:56)
B1 Hobo Blues (3:12)
B2 Off To Sea Once More (4:21)
B3 Fifteen Miles To Birmingham (2:35)
B4 Lonesome Pines (3:44)
B5 Prison Wall Blues )2:20)
B6 Parting Friends (1:38)
B7 Mud Acres (2:04)
[Credits]
Performer: Artie Traum, Bill Keith, Eric Kaz, Happy Traum, Jim Rooney, John Herald, Lee Berg, Maria Muldaur, Tony Brown
Liner Notes: Happy Traum, Design: Lloyd Ziff, Photography: David Gahr & Lloyd Ziff, Mixing & Engineering:Jim Rooney & Mark Harmen

May 18, 2017

Reeltime Travelers: Livin' Reeltime, Thinkin' Old-Time

Yodel-Ay-Hee 042

Format: CD
Country: US
Released: 2002
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Old-time
[Tracklist]
01 Paddy Won't You Drink Some Cider (2:18)
02 Bear Creek Blues (2:44)
03 Hallelujah (5:28)
04 Maybe The Last Time (4:54)
05 Ain't Gwine Drink A, No More (2:16)
06 Kiss Me Quick, Papa's Coming (3:11)
07 Little Bird Of Heaven (3:04)
08 Flippin' Jenny (2:09)
09 Sally Goodin (2:47)
10 Down The River (3:32)
11 Elzics Farewell (2:38)
12 Father Adieu (4:18)
13 Higher Rock (4:44)
[Credits]
Heidi Andrade (fiddle) Martha Scanlan (guitar/vocals) Roy Andrade (banjo/vocals) Thomas Sneed (mandolin/vocals) John Herrmann (bass)
Liner Notes: John Herrmann, Design: Roy Andrade, Photography: Michelle Warren, Produce: Bob Carlin, Recording: Tom Mohbat, Mastering: Matt Sandoski, Mixing: Wes Lachot
[Notes]
Recorded at Overdub Lane, Dec. 13-15, 2001. Mixed at Overdub Lane.

May 16, 2017

Bluegrass at Newport: 1959-1963

Vanguard VCD-121/22

Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1990
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
[Tracklist]
Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys
01 Salty Dog Blues (2:07)
02 Before I Met You (2:33)
03 Cabin On The Hill (2:43)
04 Jimmy Brown The News Boy (3:13)
The New Lost City Ramblers
05 Train Forty-Five (2:24)
06 Pretty Little Miss (3:11)
07 Liza Jane (2:23)
Tex Logan, Eric Weissberg & The New Lost City Ramblers
08 Jordan Am A Hard Road To Travel (2:42)
Mac Wiseman And The Country Boys
09 Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home (2:13)
10 Love Letters In The Sand (2:03)
11 Little Footsteps In The Snow (2:55)
Clarence (Tom) Ashley, Doc Watson, Clint Howard & Fred Price
12 'Way Downtown (3:00)
13 Maggie Walker Blues (3:11)
14 The Girl I Loved In Sunny Tennessee (2:50)
15 Lee Highway Blues (1:54)
Earl Scruggs, Hylo Brown & The Timberliners
16 Flinthill Special (3:23)
17 Earl's Breakdown (1:57)
18 Cumberland Gap (1:12)
The Morris Brothers
19 Salty Dog Blues (1:51)
20 You Give Me Your Love And I'll Give You Mine (2:59)
Jim And Jesse & The Virginia Boys
21 Border Ride (1:52)
22 Gosh, I Miss You All The Time (2:00)
23 Dill Pickle Rag (1:20)
24 She Left Me Standing On The Mountain (2:00)
[Credits]
Liner Notes: Mary Katherine Aldin
[Notes]
Recorded live at the Newport Folk Festivals 1959, 60 & 63.