August 8, 2017

Los Texmaniacs: Traditional Conjunto Dance Music from Texas


Event Date: 2013/09/11 Runnung Time: 73 minutes

Los Texmaniacs mix the simplest yet finest ingredients of Texas music to create a sound solidly rooted in tradition, exploding with contemporary vitality. Their versatility has led them to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the International Accordion Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Governor of Texas Ball, and many major festivals overseas in countries such as Germany, Holland and Spain. Los Texmaniacs is a conjunto band created by Max Baca in 1997. Baca wanted to create a band that incorporated elements from genres such as rock and roll and jazz while still honoring the roots of conjunto tejano.

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August 5, 2017

Bun Wright's Fiddle Band at FDR's Little White House

President Franklin D. Roosevelt (center) and daughter Anne (standing behind him) at Warm Springs, Georgia, 'Little White House' in 1933 with Bun Wright's Fiddle Band. The musician seated at FDR's left is playing a Gibson harp guitar.

From the Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site: Franklin D. Roosevelt built the Little White House in 1932 while governor of New York, prior to being inaugurated as president in 1933. He first came to Warm Springs in 1924 hoping to find a cure for the infantile paralysis (polio) that had struck him in 1921. Swimming in the 88-degree, buoyant spring waters brought him no miracle cure, but it did bring improvement. During FDR’s presidency and the Great Depression, he developed many New Deal Programs (such as the Rural Electrification Administration) based upon his experiences in this small town.While posing for a portrait on April 12, 1945, FDR suffered a stroke and died a short while later. Today, the “Unfinished Portrait” is featured in a museum that showcases many exhibits, including FDR’s 1938 Ford convertible with hand controls, his Fireside Chats playing over a 1930s radio, his stagecoach and a theater. Visitors can tour FDR’s home, which has been carefully preserved very much as he left it, the servants and guest quarters, and the nearby pools complex that first brought the future president to Warm Springs. Selected as a "Readers Choice" site in Georgia Magazine four years in a row.

Movie Film  Soldier's Joy: President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt hosts Bun Wright's Fiddle Band at his retreat in Warm Springs, Georgia. 1933

July 28, 2017

The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers

Columbia CK-53798

Series: Country Classics
Format: CD, Compilation, Mono
Country: US
Released: 1996
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
[Tracklist]
01 A Vision Of Mother (2:58
02 The White Dove (3:12
03 Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet (2:48)
04 Angels Are Singing (In Heaven Tonight) (3:02)
05 It's Never Too Late To Start Over (2:30)
06 Have You Someone (In Heaven Waiting) (2:40)
07 Little Glass Of Wine (2:57)
08 Let Me Be Your Friend (2:42)
09 We'll Be Sweethearts In Heaven (2:37)
10 I Love No One But You (2:36)
11 Too Late To Cry (2:57)
12 The Old Home (2:17)
13 The Drunkard's Hell (2:36)
14 The Fields Have Turned Brown (2:30)
15 Hey! Hey! Hey! (2:41)
16 The Lonesome River (2:43)
17 I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow (2:55)
18 Pretty Polly (2:49)
19 A Life Of Sorrow (2:42)
20 Sweetest Love (2:21)
21 The Wandering Boy (2:13)
22 Let's Part The Best Of Friends (2:19)
[Credits]
Carter Stanley (guitar/vocals) Ralph Stanley (banjo/vocals) Pee Wee Lambert (mandolin/vocals)
Fiddle: Robert Sumner (tracks: 1 to 8) Les Woodie (tracks: 9 to 18) George Shuffler (tracks: 19 to 22), Bass: James Hughes (tracks: 1 to 8) Ernest Newton (tracks: 9 to 18)
Art Direction, Design: Julian Peploe, Artwork: Robert Contanzo, Compilation Producer: Lawrence Cohn, Graphics: Pat Jerina, Mastering: David Mitson, Product Manager: Rita Cox
[Notes]
Tracks 1 to 8 recorded 3/1/49 in Nashville; 9 to 14 on 11/20/49 in Nashville; 15 to 18 on 11/3/50 in Nashville; 19 to 22 on 4/11/52 in Nashville.

July 27, 2017

Jayme Stone's Folklife


Event Date: 2017/05/04    Running Time: 73 minutes

A concert featuring Jayme Stone. In 2015, "Jayme Stone's Lomax Project" was released, focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, whose collections reside at the American Folklife Center. Stone brought together distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and reimagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea shanties, Sea Island spirituals, Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners and homemakers. His 2017 project, "Jayme Stone's Folklife," takes a similar tack with more great traditional music.

July 26, 2017

The Band: The Last Waltz

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment GXBA-17337

Format: DVD, DVD-Video, Multichannel, NTSC, Special Edition
Country: Japan
Released: 08 Nov 2002
Genre: Rock, Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Blues Rock, Country, Soft Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll
[Tracklist]
01 Cutthroat, Don't Do It
02 Theme From The Last Waltz, Main Title
03 A Celebration
04 Up On Cripple Creek
05 The Skylight Lounge, The Shape I'm In
06 Who Do You Love
07 Canadian Overcoats, It Makes No Difference
08 Introduction To The Canterury Tales
09 Such A Night
10 Helpless
11 Stagefright
12 A Name For The Band
13 The Weight
14 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
15 An Adult Portion
16 Dry Your Eyes
17 Women On The Road
18 Coyote
19 Sonny Boy Williamson
20 Mystery Train
21 Rock 'N' Roll Melting Pot
22 Mannish Boy
23 Further On Up The Road
24 Tour Of Shangri-La, Sip The Wine
25 Evangeline
26 Genetic Method, The Music Teacher
27 Ophelia
28 Travelling Tent Shows
29 Caravan
30 Loud Prayer
31 Forever Young
32 Baby Let Me Follow You Down
33 I Shall Be Released
34 Theme From The Last Waltz, End Credits
[Credits]
Robbie Robertson (guitar/vocals/producer) Rick Danko (bass/vocals) Levon Helm (drums/vocals) Garth Hudson (keyboards) Richard Manuel (piano) Martin Scorsese (interview)
Performer: Bob Dylan (tracks: 31, 32), Dr. John (tracks: 9), Emmylou Harris (tracks: 25), Eric Clapton (tracks: 23), Joni Mitchell (tracks: 18), Muddy Waters (tracks: 22), Neil Diamond (tracks: 16), Neil Young (tracks: 10), Paul Butterfield (tracks: 20), Ringo Starr (tracks: 33), Ron Wood (tracks: 33), Ronnie Hawkins (tracks: 6), The Staples (tracks: 13), Van Morrison (tracks: 29), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (tracks: 30), Michael McClure (tracks: 8)
Design: Boris Leven, Executive Producer:Jonathan Taplin
[Notes]
Recorded Live at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California, November 26, 1976. Originally released in 1978

July 25, 2017

The Best Of The Stanley Brothers

Mercury Nashville 088 170 222-2

Series: 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection
Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 2002
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
[Tracklist]
01 Who Will Call You Sweetheart
02 Our Last Goodbye
03 (Say) Won't You Be Mine
04 I Long To See The Old Folks
05 A Voice From On High
06 I Worship You
07 Baby Girl
08 Just A Little Talk With Jesus
09 Will He Wait A Little Longer
10 Loving You Too Well
11 Daybreak In Dixie (Instrumental)
12 Angel Band
[Credits]
Carter Stanley (guitar/vocals) Ralph Staley (banjo/vocals)

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!".

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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.