December 30, 2016

The Irish in America: Long Journey Home (1998)

Immigrant children
Brown Brothers, Immigrant children from Ireland, Ellis Island, New York, 1908
Courtesy of Records of the Public Health Service (90-G-125-29)

PBS's `The Irish in America' is engrossing, lively history
(PBS's `The Irish in America' is engrossing, lively history by Lynn Elber, AP television writer Published: Monday, Jan. 26 1998 12:00 a.m. MST)

"The Irish in America: Long Journey Home", an absolutely grand PBS documentary, pulses with so many choice images and characters that it's difficult to single out a favorite. But here's a leading candidate from this six-hour, three-night exploration of one facet of the American immigrant experience:Frank McCourt, author of the acclaimed Irish memoir "Angela's Ashes," and his brother, Malachy, are captured on film warbling a ribald ditty from the Irish-dominated Tammany Hall days of New York politics. That's the kind of film "The Irish in America" is - a beguiling mix of history and personality, of the big picture and the telling detail. It doesn't hesitate to stop for a cozy moment with McCourt and others who know how to bring a story, and a people, to life. "God bless him. He's the rock star of Irish America right now," said producer Thomas Lennon, reveling in McCourt's participation in the documentary (airing at 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday on PBS stations, including KUED-Ch. 7 in Utah). But it wasn't just the literary lion who was eager to take part. The film and companion book ("The Irish in America," Hyperion, $40) include contributions from the likes of writers Maeve Binchy and Pete Hamill and actor Jason Robards. The program's narrator is actor Michael Murphy.

The music was handled by Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains, who recruited Elvis Costello, Vince Gill, Van Morrison and Sinead O'Connor for the program. The documentary begins with the early Irish roots in America and the mass exodus caused by Ireland's potato famine of the mid-19th century. We follow the immigrants as they move into politics, business and culture and, finally, through the doorway of assimilation and acceptance. "The film we were trying to make is the story of this group of people transforming themselves from Irish to Americans," Lennon said. "They did that, and it was hard. It was costly and bloody, and yet a story full of joy. And in the process of changing themselves, they also left the country a different place." We encounter the familiar - such as boxer John L. Sullivan and politicos Al Smith and the Kennedy clan. And we discover lesser known aspects of the Irish-American experience, such as the Western mining empires they built. "The Monarch Notes version of Irish-American history is all an East Coast story," Lennon said. "I don't believe even well-read Irish-Americans know the story of the Irish in New Orleans or Virginia City, Nev., or Butte, Mont."

There's a lively, eloquent stream of talk throughout, as befits a culture known for its wordsmiths. Hard-living playwright Eugene O'Neill seemed as if he were "trying to commit suicide on the installment plan," says writer Thomas Fleming. Another writer, Peter Quinn, compares his reaction, on encountering golden boy John F. Kennedy on the 1960 presidential campaign trail, to that of "the Aztecs seeing Cortez." Serious, sweeping documentaries are a staple of PBS, and product tie-ins are increasingly so. But if the commercialism surrounding "Irish in America" seems more highly charged than usual, consider PBS' unusual partner in this: Walt Disney Studios. It was Roy Disney's personal interest - "I'd say personal passion," Lennon said - that lit the fuse for the $4 million, three-year project.

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The Disney executive, nephew of founder Walt Disney, is of Irish ancestry and has a home in Ireland. There was a corporate passion as well, said Paul Villadolid of Walt Disney Network Television. Disney produced a series of documentaries in the 1940s and '50s, including Oscar winners, and wanted to return to the genre.Lennon said Disney gave him "creative support, no creative interference."He initially pondered such a project in the early '90s, after doing a film on Boston politician James Michael Curley, but was unwilling to tackle the required fund-raising. Then, in February 1995, Disney made him the offer he couldn't refuse. The timing was exquisite. "Irish and Irish-American culture is hot, hot, hot," Lennon acknowledged. "But this needs to be said: We started this project before (the musical) `Riverdance,' before `Angela's Ashes.' We were lucky."

December 28, 2016

Cold Mountain: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture

DMZ/Columbia/Sony Music CK-80843

Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 2003
Genre: Folk, World, & Country, Stage & Screen
Style: Soundtrack, Bluegrass, Neo-Classical
01 Wayfaring Stranger: Jack White (4:26)
02 Like A Songbird That Has Fallen: Reeltime Travelers (3:14)
03 I Wish My Baby Was Born: Tim Eriksen, Riley Baugus & Tim O'Brien (3:09)
04 The Scarlet Tide: Alison Krauss (2:59)
05 The Cuckoo: Tim Eriksen & Riley Baugus (1:40)
06 Sittin' On Top Of The World: Jack White (3:48)
07 Am I Born To Die?: Tim Eriksen (2:33)
08 You Will Be My Ain True Love: Alison Krauss (2:32)
09 I'm Going Home: Sacred Harp Singers At Liberty Church (2:19)
10 Never Far Away: Jack White (3:40)
11 Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over: Jack White (3:17)
12 Ruby With The Eyes That Sparkle: Stuart Duncan & Dirk Powell (3:12)
13 Lady Margret: Cassie Franklin (3:02)
14 Great High Mountain: Jack White (4:33)
15 Anthem: Gabriel Yared (3:24)
16 Ada Plays: Gabriel Yared (3:18)
17 Ada And Inman: Gabriel Yared (5:03)
18 Love Theme: Gabriel Yared (3:40)
19 Idumea: Sacred Harp Singers At Liberty Church (3:18)
Producer: T Bone Burnett

December 27, 2016

Old Time Music of West Virginia: Ballads, Blues & Breakdowns Vol. One

County Records CD-3518

Format: CD, Compilation, Remastered
Country: US
Released: 1999
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Old-time
01 Garfield March: Kessinger Brothers (2:58)
02 Sweet Bird: West Virginia Night Owls (2:56)
03 West Virginia Rag: Frank Hutchison (2:54)
04 Poca River Blues: Justice & Jarvis (2:58)
05 Bekley Rag: Harvey & Copeland (3:04)
06 Gonna Die With My Hammer in My Hand: Williamson Brothers & Curry (3:26)
07 Explosion in the Fairmount Mines: Blind Alfred Reed (3:18)
08 Stack-O-Lee: Fruit Jar Guzzlers (3:17)
09 Home Brew Rag: Tweedy Brothers (3:11)
10 The Miner's Blues: Frank Hutchison (3:14)
11 Underneath the Sugar Moon: Harvey & Copeland (2:51)
12 Sally Goodin': Kessinger Brothers (2:58)
13 Kentucky Bootlegger: Fruit Jar Guzzlers (2:58)
14 Warfield: Williamson Brothers & Curry (3:15)
15 You'll Miss Me: Blind Alfred Reed (2:58)
16 Lonesome Road Blues: Leftwitch & Lilly (2:41)
17 Muskrat Rag: Jarvis & Justice (3:08)
18 Liza Jane: McClung Brothers (2:42)
19 Ragtime Annie: Corn Cob Crushers (3:05)
Design: David Lynch, Remastering: Richard Nevins, Digital Mastering: Robert Vosgien
Recording Date: January 28, 1927 - December 23, 1931

December 25, 2016

Mother Mabel* Carter: Dixie Darling

Mountain Dew Records S-7014

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country: US
Released: 1967
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
A1 Dixie Darling
A2 Storms Are On The Ocean
A3 Victory Rag
A4 Faded Coat Of Blue
A5 Cumberland Gap
B1 The Dying Soldier
B2 John Hardy
B3 Are You Tired Of Me
B4 Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow
B5 Flowers Blooming In The Wildwood
Maybelle Carter (guitar/vocals) Producer: Shelby Singleton & Jerry Kennedy
Recorded at Columbia Recording Studio, Nashvile, TN. October 1963
Cover and label list her name as Mother Mabel* Carter. Notes and credits list her name as Mother Maybelle* Carter

December 15, 2016

Times Ain't Like They Used To Be: Early American Rural Music

Yazoo 2028

Series: Classic Recordings Of The 1920s and 30s. Vol. 1
Format: CD, Compilation, Remastered
Country: US
Released: 1997
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Old-time
01 Blues In The Bottle: Prince Albert Hunt
02 Dollar Bill Blues: Charlie Jordon
03 Lost John Dean: Bascom Lamar Lundsford
04 Streak Of Lean, Streak Of Fat: A.A. Gray & Seven Foot Dilly
05 Sinking Of The Titanic: Richard "Rabbit" Brown
06 Tennessee Girls: Dykes Magic City Trio
07 Shotgun Blues: Bob Campbell
08 Train On The Island: J.P. Nestor & Norman Edmonds
09 The Fault's In Me: The Four Wanderers
10 The Tail Of Haley's Comet: Happy Hayseeds
11 Wake Up You Drowsy Sleeper: The Oaks Family
12 How You Want Your Rollin' Done: Louie Lasky
13 Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss: Frank Blevins & His Tar Heel Rattlers
14 On The Road Again: Memphis Jug Band
15 The Dying Soldier: Buell Kazee
16 Voice Throwin' Blues: Buddy Boy Hawkins
17 Been On The Job Too Long: Wilmer Watts & The Lonely Eagles
18 Fannie Moore: Ken Maynard
19 I Got Your Ice Cold Nugrape: Nugrape Twins
20 The Old Miller's Will: Carson Brothers & Sprinkle
21 Skinner: Winston Holmes & Charlie Turner
22 How To Make Love: Southern Moonlight Entertainers
23 Old Jimmie Sutton: Grayson & Whitter
Art Direction: Joan Pelosi, Cover Photo: Jim Bolman, Producer and Remaster: Richard Nevins, Sleeve Notes: Charles Wolfe and Don Kent

December 11, 2016

Nobel Laureate in Literature 2016 Banquet Speech by Bob Dylan

Banquet speech by Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate in Literature 2016, presented at the Nobel Banquet by the United States Ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji.
Good evening, everyone. I extend my warmest greetings to the members of the Swedish Academy and to all of the other distinguished guests in attendance tonight.

I’m sorry I can’t be with you in person, but please know that I am most definitely with you in spirit and honored to be receiving such a prestigious prize. Being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature is something I never could have imagined or seen coming. From an early age, I’ve been familiar with and reading and absorbing the works of those who were deemed worthy of such a distinction: Kipling, Shaw, Thomas Mann, Pearl Buck, Albert Camus, Hemingway. These giants of literature whose works are taught in the schoolroom, housed in libraries around the world and spoken of in reverent tones have always made a deep impression. That I now join the names on such a list is truly beyond words.

I don’t know if these men and women ever thought of the Nobel honor for themselves, but I suppose that anyone writing a book, or a poem, or a play anywhere in the world might harbor that secret dream deep down inside. It’s probably buried so deep that they don’t even know it’s there.

If someone had ever told me that I had the slightest chance of winning the Nobel Prize, I would have to think that I’d have about the same odds as standing on the moon. In fact, during the year I was born and for a few years after, there wasn’t anyone in the world who was considered good enough to win this Nobel Prize. So, I recognize that I am in very rare company, to say the least.

I was out on the road when I received this surprising news, and it took me more than a few minutes to properly process it. I began to think about William Shakespeare, the great literary figure. I would reckon he thought of himself as a dramatist. The thought that he was writing literature couldn’t have entered his head. His words were written for the stage. Meant to be spoken not read. When he was writing Hamlet, I’m sure he was thinking about a lot of different things: “Who’re the right actors for these roles?” “How should this be staged?” “Do I really want to set this in Denmark?” His creative vision and ambitions were no doubt at the forefront of his mind, but there were also more mundane matters to consider and deal with. “Is the financing in place?” “Are there enough good seats for my patrons?” “Where am I going to get a human skull?” I would bet that the farthest thing from Shakespeare’s mind was the question “Is this literature?”

When I started writing songs as a teenager, and even as I started to achieve some renown for my abilities, my aspirations for these songs only went so far. I thought they could be heard in coffee houses or bars, maybe later in places like Carnegie Hall, the London Palladium. If I was really dreaming big, maybe I could imagine getting to make a record and then hearing my songs on the radio. That was really the big prize in my mind. Making records and hearing your songs on the radio meant that you were reaching a big audience and that you might get to keep doing what you had set out to do.

Well, I’ve been doing what I set out to do for a long time, now. I’ve made dozens of records and played thousands of concerts all around the world. But it’s my songs that are at the vital center of almost everything I do. They seemed to have found a place in the lives of many people throughout many different cultures and I’m grateful for that.

But there’s one thing I must say. As a performer I’ve played for 50,000 people and I’ve played for 50 people and I can tell you that it is harder to play for 50 people. 50,000 people have a singular persona, not so with 50. Each person has an individual, separate identity, a world unto themselves. They can perceive things more clearly. Your honesty and how it relates to the depth of your talent is tried. The fact that the Nobel committee is so small is not lost on me.

But, like Shakespeare, I too am often occupied with the pursuit of my creative endeavors and dealing with all aspects of life’s mundane matters. “Who are the best musicians for these songs?” “Am I recording in the right studio?” “Is this song in the right key?” Some things never change, even in 400 years.

Not once have I ever had the time to ask myself, “Are my songs literature?”

So, I do thank the Swedish Academy, both for taking the time to consider that very question, and, ultimately, for providing such a wonderful answer.

My best wishes to you all,
Bob Dylan
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December 10, 2016

Muleskinner Live : Original Television Broadcast


Format: DVD, Color, NTSC
Country: US
DVD Released: 1992
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
01 New Camptown Races (2:53)
02 Dark Hollow (2:34)
03 Land Of The Navajo (5:49)
04 Blackberry Blossom (2:32)
05 Knockin' On Your Door (3:08)
06 Opus57 In G Minor (2:03)
07 Red Rocking Chair (3:25)
08 Going To The Races (1:56)
09 Eighth Of January (2:44)
10 I Am A Pilgrim (4:51)
11 The Dead March (2:41)
12 Sitting Alone In The Moonlight (2:42)
13 Orange Blossom Special (4:44)
Richard Greene (fiddle) Peter Rowan (guitar/vocals) Clarence White (guitar/vocals) Bill Keith (banjo) David Grisman (mandolin/vocals) Stuart Schulman (bass) Maria Muldaur (chorus)
Television producer: Alan Baker, Director: Allan Muir, Audio engineer: Tom Ancell
Recorded a live audience on February 13, 1973 at KCET television studios, Hollywood, CA. The TV show was first broadcast in September 1973.

November 30, 2016

The Legendary Ingramettes: African American Gospel Music from Virginia

Event Date: 2016/07/21 Running Time: 64 minutes

A concert by the Ingramettes, one of Virginia's premier gospel ensembles. The family Gospel group was founded in the 1960s in Richmond, Virginia by the late Maggie Ingram. This is the group's first performance without her. This performance includes singers Rev. Almeta Ingram-Miller (Ingram's daughter), Cheryl Maroney Beaver (Ingram's granddaughter), Carrie Ann Jackson, and background vocalist LeChelle Johnson. The musicians are Calvin "Kool Aid" Curry (bass), Kenneth Heath (keyboards) and Randall Kort (percussionist).

Speaker Biography: For more than five decades, the Ingramettes have been bringing their music and ministry to congregations in the Tidewater and Piedmont areas of Virginia. Their commanding, spirit-filled performances demonstrate the extraordinary depth of talent in American gospel music.

The Library of Congress
For transcript, captions, and more information, visit at the Library of Congress Webcast Site

November 27, 2016

The Skillet Lickers: Old Time Fiddle Tunes And Songs From North Georgia

County Records CD-3509

Format: CD, Album, Remastered
Country: US
Released: 1996
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Old-time
01 Rocky Pallet (2:52) Oct 29, 1929
02 Rock That Cradle Lucy (2:56) Oct 29, 1929
03 Soldier's Joy (2:55) Oct 29, 1929
04 Sal's Gone To The Cider Mill (3:00) Apr 14, 1930
05 Ride Old Buck To Water (3:08) Dec 4, 1930
06 Molly Put The Kettle On (3:10) Oct 24, 1931
07 Hell Broke Loose In Georgia (3:01) Oct 29, 1929
08 Fly Around My Pretty Litte Miss (3:16) Oct 23, 1928
09 Liberty (3:19) Oct 22, 1928
10 Devilish Mary (3:21) Oct 22, 1928
11 Cackling Hen And Rooster Too (3:13) Dec 4, 1930
12 Miss McLeod's Reel (2:55) Oct 24, 1931
13 Pretty Little Widow (3:12) Oct 23, 1928
14 Dixie (3:12) Mar 29, 1927
15 Broken Down Gambler (3:11) Dec 5, 1930
16 Leather Breeches (3:04) Apr 14, 1930
Bert Layne, Clayton McMichen, Gid Tanner, Lowe Stokes (fiddles) Riley Puckett (guitar/vocals) Fate Norris (banjo)
Liner Notes: Norm Cohen & Richard Nevins, Art Direction, Design: Rebecca Pittard, Production Coordinator: Gary B. Reid, Digital Mastering: Robert Vosgien, Remastering: Rich Nevin
The vinyl LP was released in 1973 as COUNTY-526. The single-disc compilation Skillet Lickers contains 16 tracks that the hillbilly musical comedy group recorded between 1926 and 1931, including "Ride Old Buck to the Water," "Dixie," and "Leather Breeches." The Skillet Lickers were one of the most popular groups of their time, and although their music and humor has dated considerably in the decades since, the musical talents of fiddler Gid Tanner remain impressive, and this compilation is the best way to hear him and his group.

November 25, 2016

The Recordings Of Grayson & Whitter

County Records CD-3517

Format: CD, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1998
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Old-time
01 I've Always Been A Rambler (3:27)
02 Handsome Molly (2:44)
03 I Saw A Man At The Close Of Day (2:58)
04 Going Down The Lee Highway (2:49)
05 Never Be As Fast As I Have Been (2:54)
06 Ommie Wise (3:11)
07 On The Banks Of The Old Tennessee (3:02)
08 Rose Conley (3:27)
09 Train Forty-Five (3:08)
10 I'll Never Be Yours (3:05)
11 Short Life Of Trouble (2:47)
12 Old Jimmie Sutton (3:08)
13 Tom Dooley (3:12)
14 A Dark Road Is A Hard Road To Travel (3:14)
15 He Is Coming To Us Dead (2:58)
G. B. Grayson (fiddle/vocals) Henry Whitter (guitar/vocals)
Coordinator: Christopher C. King, Design: David Lynch Graphic, Liner Notes: Joe Wilson
This duo recorded the original versions of quite a few songs that went on to become folk chestnuts. Tracing the source of a folk song might seem a confusing task, but it is simple compared to sorting out the various recordings, re-recordings, reissues, and repackagings of reissues that have come out on Grayson and Whitter. Old-time music experts can argue over which is the better recording of "Handsome Molly," but no one will argue that this particular County product is handsomely packaged. The front cover is a ghastly green sketch of a mill. reference? More than half the back cover is a list of other records on the label, but with the quality of music County has released this actually might be more valuable than more informative liner notes might have been. G.B. Grayson was mostly known as a singer, although he accompanies himself simply and effectively on fiddle. His partner accompanies him on guitar, sticking mostly to rhythm chording pattern. Sound quality obviously varies, with some of the source 78s' sound rather clean and rich while others provide a fair impression of what a stereo might sound like if it was able to play from inside a washing machine on the rinse cycle. It is lovely country-flavored folk music, always more about the songs than any flashy picking. (AllMusic Review by Eugene Chadbourne)

November 24, 2016

Flowers In The Wildwood: Women In Early Country Music 1923-1939

Trikont US-0310

Format: CD, Compilation
Country: Germany
Released: 2003
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
01 Wish I Was A Single Girl Again: Lulu Belle & Scotty
02 Single Life: Roba Stanley
03 I Left Her Standing There: Dezurik Sisters
04 Flowers Blooming In The Wildwood: Coon Creek Girls
05 She Came Rollin' Down The Mountain: The Aaron Sisters
06 Just Another Broken Heart: The Carter Family
07 Round-up Time In Texas: Girls Of The Golden West
08 We Are Climing: Chuck Wagon Gang
09 My Man's A Jolly Railroad Man: Moonshine Kate
10 My Poncho Pony: Patsy Montana
11 Lorena: Joe & Alma (The Kentucky Girls)
12 All The Good Times Are Past And Gone: Fred & Gertrude Gossett
13 Round Town Girls: Wanda & Ruth Neal
14 Home-Coming Week: The Leatherman Sisters
15 Brother-Be Ready For That Day: Grady & Hazel Cole
16 On The Banks Of The Old Tennessee: Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Baker
17 Kentucky Miner's Wife (Ragged Hungry Blues) Pt.1: Aunt Molly Jackson
18 Go To Sleep My Darling: Dezurik Sisters
19 Walking In The King's Highway: The Carter Family
20 My Loved Ones Are Waiting For Me: Southland Ladies Quartette
21 Little Birdie: Coon Creek Girls
22 Big-Eyed Rabbit: Samantha Bumgarner & Eva Davis
23 How'm I Doin'?: The Aaron Sisters With The Song-O-Pators
24 Prayer: Wisdom Sisters
25 With My Banjo On My Knee Blues: Louisiana Lou
Liner Notes: Rennie Sparks
Women in America began staking a claim in country music long before recording equipment existed. The women country singers are the ones known as the Flowers in the Wildwood and on this disc they sing their old time country music in high sweet voices with only the sparsest of instrumental accompaniment. Though edging out from folk tradition, this music is made by women who were for the most part commercial country singers, because that's who typically made it onto records and the radio, after all. This collection dates from the decade before World War II, with a few precious offerings reaching back as far as the 1920s. These 25 rare recordings, released by Germany's quirky Trikont label, seem untouched by modern technology.

November 16, 2016

The Best Of The Legendary Jimmie Rodgers

RCA Victor RA-5501

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: Japan
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
A1 Peach Picking Time Down In Georgia (Aug 11, 1932)
A2 Frankie And Jonnie (Aug 10, 1929)
A3 Waiting For A Train (Oct 20, 1928)
A4 My Little Lady (Jun 12, 1928)
A5 In The Jail House No. 2 (Jul 12, 1930)
A6 Away Out On The Mountain (Nov 30, 1927)
A7 Roll Along Kentucky Moon (Feb 2, 1931)
B1 The Carter Family & Jimmie Rodgers In Texas (Jun 12, 1931)
B2 Why There's A Tear In My Eye (Jun 10, 1931)
B3 The Wonderful City (Jun 10, 1931)
B4 Jimmie Rodgers Visits The Carter Family (Jun 10, 1931)
B5 Jimmie The Kid (Jan 31, 1931)
B6 Moonlight And Skies (Jun 30, 1930)
B7 Southern Cannonball (Jun 17, 1931)
B1-B4 Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family
Manufactured by Victor Company Japan from Master Recordings RCA

November 14, 2016

Early Rural String Bands

RCA Victor LPV-552

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1968
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Country
A1 Ragtime Annie: Eck Robertson 7/1/22 (3:23)
A2 Leather Breeches: W.A. Hinton 1/31/31 (2:37)
A3 Black-Eyed Susie: J.P. Nester 8/1/27 (2:52)
A4 Alabama Jubilee-Breakdown: Bill Helms & His Upson County Band 2/23/28 (3:04)
A5 Charley, He's A Good Old Man: Kelly Harrell & The Virginia String Band 8/11/27 (2:35)
A6 Bring Me A Leaf From The Sea: The Carolina Tar Heels 2/19/27 (2:55)
A7 Big Bend Gal: The Shelor Family 8/2/27 (2:43)
A8 Jaw Bone: Pope's Arkansas Mountaineers 2/6/28 (2:58)
B1 Le Valse De Gueydan: Leo Soileau & His Three Aces 1/18/35 (3:00)
B2 Medley Of Reels: Henry Ford's Old Time Dance Orchestra 1/18/26 (2:54)
B3 A New Salty Dog: The Allen Brothers 11/22/30 (2:35)
B4 Mitchell Blues: Wade Mainer & The Sons Of The Mountaineers 1/27/38 (2:45)
B5 Tanner's Hornpipe: Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers 3/30/34 (2:47)
B6 How Many Biscuits Can I Eat?: Gwen Foster 2/5/39 (2:47)
B7 Up Jumped The Devil: Byron Parker & His Mountaineers 2/9/40 (2:38)
B8 Red Rocking Chair: Charlie Monroe & His Kentucky Pardners 2/1/49 (2:23)
Liner Notes: Norm Cohen, Reissue Producer: Mike Lipskin, Remastered: Don Miller

November 11, 2016

Old Time Southern Dance Music: String Bands Vol. 1

Old Timey Records LP-100

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country, Zydeco, Bluegrass
A1 Chinese Rag: The Spooney Five
A2 Moatsville Blues: Moatsville String Ticklers
A3 If The River Was Whiskey: Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers
A4 Japanese Breakdown: Scottdale String Band
A5 Crowley Waltz: Hackberry Ramblers
A6 Allen Brothers Rag: Allen Brothers
A7 Tickle Her: Hackberry Ramblers
A8 Jackson Stomp: Mississippi Mud Steppers
B1 Hawkins' Rag: Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers
B2 Hungry Hash House: Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers
B3 Train 45: Grayson & Whitter
B4 Down Yonder: Hershel Brown & His Washboard Band
B5 Dickson County Blues: Arthur Smith Trio
B6 Osson: Joseph Falcon with Clemo & Ophy Breaux
B7 Home Town Blues: Roane County Ramblers
B8 Nobody Loves Me: Hershel Brown & His Washboard Band
Liner Notes: Chris Strachwitz

November 8, 2016

Music City Roots on American Public Television - Season Four!

Music City Roots is a radio show but it's also televised every year nationwide on more than 80 stations through American Public Television. Tune in as MCR's fourth season premieres on Nashville Public Television, Channel 8 or 1008 on local cable and digital TV systems. The opening episode comes from the show's 2015 Americana Festival showcase special, featuring blues star Shemekia Copeland, Canadian mod duo Whitehorse and alt-country icons The Mavericks. Watch the show weekly through the winter. Artists include: Sierra Hull, Blackberry Smoke, the Doobie Brothers, Hot Rize, Jake Shimabukuro, the Infamous Stringdusters, Lera Lynn, John Moreland and many more.

October 28, 2016

The Scots-Irish musical legacy in the USA

Broadcast: Wed 17 Nov 2010 (BBC Northern Ireland)

Mark Wilson heads to Staunton in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and tells us about the Ulster-Scots origin of Woodrow Wilson. At the Frontier Cultural Museum, Mark finds out about 18th Century Scots-Irish Settlements and about the musical melting pot of Appalachia. Plus, music group ‘The Hillbilly Gypsies’ perform the tune ‘Sally Gooding’ and Trae Buckner gives some background to the band. Running Time: 35 minutes.

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October 21, 2016

Home Among The Hills: The Carter Family

Harmony CBS HL-7344

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1966
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
A1 My Texas Girl
A2 No Other's Bride I'll Find
A3 Broken Hearted Lover
A4 Little Poplar Log House On The Hill
A5 My Home Among The Hills
B1 Sad And Lonesome Day
B2 I'll Never Forsake You
B3 My Old Virginia Home
B4 We Shall Rise
B5 He Took A White Rose From Her Hair
Maybelle Carter (vocals/guitar) Sara Carter (vocals/guitar/autoharp) A.P. Carter (vocals)
Producer: Don Law, Cover Photo: Garry Winogrand

October 14, 2016

On The Great Divide: The New Lost City Ramblers

Folkways Records FTS-31041

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1975
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass, Folk
A1 John Brown's Dream
A2 Old Johnny Booker Won't Do
A3 Railroading On The Great Divide
A4 Love Of Polly And Jack Monroe
A5 Walking Boss
A6 Who Killed Poor Robin
A7 The Old Man At The Mill
A8 On Our Turpentine Farm
A9 Little Satchel
B1 Dry And Dusty
B2 If The River Was Whiskey
B3 Come All You Tender Hearted
B4 The Time's Been Swiftly Rolling By
B5 There's Coming A Time
B6 A Night At The Country Opera
B7 Hawkins Rag
B8 La Valse De Bambocheurs (Drunkards Sorrow Waltz)
B9 Cotton Eyed Joe
Mike Seeger (vocals/dulcimer/fiddle/autoharp/harmonica/mandolin/guitar) Tracy Schwarz (vocals/fiddle/guitar/banjo/spoons) John Cohen (vocals/banjo/guitar)
Cover Photo: Russell Lee (FSA), Design and Notes: John Cohen and Tracy Schwarz
Recorded by Chris Strachwitz at the Boading House, 1973, San Francisco, Calif.

October 7, 2016

Bluegrass Journey A Documentary

Run Time: 86 minutes

  • ASIN: B00062IY32
Featuring some of the most celebrated practitioners of this traditional sounding but still evolving musical form, this DVD presents a sonically rich and visually stunning portrait that often leaves viewers suppressing applause and cheers after each number. Musical performances by such bluegrass luminaries as the Del McCoury Band, Peter Rowan, Tim O'Brien, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Rhonda Vincent, Nickel Creek, and many others, create an indelible impression that leaves no doubt about why this timeless music has exploded in popularity in recent years. Exhilarating, joyous and rich, intelligent and timely, BLUEGRASS JOURNEY A DOCUMENTARY will leave you wanting to hear more. DVD Released: September, 2004.

October 3, 2016

Gone To The Country: The New Lost City Ramblers

Folkways Records FA-2491

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1963
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country, Bluegrass, Folk
A1 Hello John D.
A2 Grey Cat On The Tennessee Farm
A3 Liza Jane
A4 Buck Dancer's Choice
A5 Long Lonesome Road
A6 Danville Girl
A7 Tom Sherman's Bar Room
A8 Little Glass Of Wine
A9 Sinking In The Lonesome Sea
B1 Riding On That Train 45
B2 Wild And Western Hobo
B3 Pretty Little Miss Out In The Garden
B4 Rambler's Blues
B5 She Tickles Me
B6 The Little Carpenter
B7 Down South Blues
B8 Ain't No Bugs On Me
Mike Seeger (vocals/fiddle/guitar/mandolin/autoharp/banjo) Tracy Schwarz (vocals/fiddle/spoons/guitar) John Cohen (vocals/banjo/guitar/fiddle)
Cover Photo: Laurence Siegel

September 30, 2016

String Band Instrumentals: The New Lost City Ramblers

Folkways Records FA-2492

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1964
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass, Folk
A1 Saddle Up The Grey (1:57)
A2 Greenback Dollar (2:42)
A3 Victory Rag (2:04)
A4 Soldier's Joy (2:16)
A5 Blackeyed Susie (1:54)
A6 My Wife Died On Saturday Night (2:20)
A7 John Brown's Dream (2:26)
A8 Johnny On The Railroad (2:04)
A9 Take Me Back To Georgia (1:34)
A10 Chinese Breakdown (2:24)
B1 Yellow Rose Of Texas (2:35)
B2 Cowboy Waltz (1:52)
B3 Stone's Rag (2:06)
B4 Smoketown Strut (2:18)
B5 Jackson Stomp (2:32)
B6 Going To Jail (1:43)
B7 Bill Cheatham (2:37)
B8 Shout Lulu (2:05)
B9 Weary Lonesome Blues (2:51)
B10 New Lost Train Blues (2:39)
B11 New Camptown Races (2:22)
Mike Seeger (fiddle/guitar/banjo/autoharp/mandolin/harmonica/vocals) John Cohen (guitar/banjo/mandolin/banjo-mandolin/vocals) Tracy Schwarz (fiddle/banjo/guitar)
Recorded May 12 and 13, 1964 by Peter Bartok at the Requit Library Auditorium.

September 29, 2016

Norman Blake: Directions

Takoma D-1064

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1978
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass, Folk
A1 Blue Ridge Mountain Blues (2:44)
A2 Thebes (4:39)
A3 The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore (4:22)
A4 A4 Loch Lavan Castle, Santa Ana's Retreat, Cattle In The Cane (4:15)
A5 Poor Ellen Smith (3:20)
B1 Uncle Sam (4:00)
B2 Ice On The Road (2:40)
B3 Rake And The Rambling Blade (3:05)
B4 High Dad In The Morning (2:35)
B5 Father's Hall (2:30)
B6 White Horse Breakdown (2:15)
B7 '76 Blues + 2 (2:55)
Norman Blake (guitar/mandolin/fiddle/vocals) Nancy Blake (cello/guitar/mandolin/vocals) Miles Anderson (trombone/trumpet/horn)
Arranger: Joseph Byrd (tracks: B1), Designer: Charlie Mitchell, Jon Monday & Ron Johnson, Photographer: Rick Dugan, Engineer: George Belle

September 22, 2016

The New Lost City Ramblers Volume 5

Folkways Records FA-2395

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1963
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass, Folk
A1 Old Joe Clark
A2 Old Molly Hair
A3 Nick Nack Song
A4 Country Blues
A5 True And Trembling Brakeman
A6 When I'm Gone
A7 If I Lose You, I Don't Care
A8 Sail Away Ladies
B1 Diamond Joe
B2 Rambling Boy
B3 Why Do You Bob Your Hair
B4 I'll Tell You What I Saw Last Night
B5 Road To Austin
B6 Johnson City Blues
B7 Bold Jack Donahue
B8 Bill Morgan And His Gal
B9 John Henry
Mike Seeger (vocals/fiddle/guitar/autoharp/harmonica/dobro) Tom Paley (vocals/banjo/guitar) John Cohen (vocals/banjo/guitar/autoharp)
Liner Notes: Pete Welding, Photography: Robert Frank

September 13, 2016

Old & In The Way

Round Records LLS-80424

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country: Japan
Released: 01 Jan 1976
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
A1 Pig In A Pen
A2 Midnight Moonlight
A3 Old And In The Way
A4 Konckin On Your Door
A5 The Hobo Song
B1 Panama Red
B2 Wild Horses
B3 Kissimmee Kid
B4 White Dove
B5 Land of The Navajo
Jerry Garcia (vocals/banjo) Peter Rowan (vocals/guitar) David Grisman (vocals/mandolin) Vassar Clements (fiddle) John Kahn (bass)
Produced by: David Grisman, Artwork: Greg Irons
Recorded live at Boarding House in San Francisco on October 8, 1973 by Owsley Stanley
Manufactured by Toshiba EMI Ltd, Released originally by US Round Records RX-103 1975

September 12, 2016

The New Lost City Ramblers Vol. 4

Folkways Records FA-2399

Format: Vinyl, Album, LP
Country: US
Released: 1961
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
A1 Run Mountain
A2 Take Me Back To The Sweet Sunny South
A3 Black Jack David
A4 Carter Blues
A5 The Coo Coo Bird
A6 Molly Put The Kettle On
A7 Have A Feast Here Tonight
A8 Crow Black Chicken
B1 Cindy
B2 Billy Grimes, The Mover
B3 Frankie Silver
B4 Stackerlee
B5 Dollar's All I Crave
B6 Keno, The Rent Man
B7 The Miller's Will
B8 The Story That The Crow Told Me
Tom Paley (vocals/banjo/guitar) Mike Seeger (vocals/fiddle/banjo/autoharp/mandolin) John Cohen (vocals/guitar/banjo)
Recorded by: Peter Bartok, Cover Photo: Robert Frank, Design: John Cohen

September 3, 2016

African American a Capella Sacred Music from Delaware and Maryland

Event Date: 2012/08/23 Running Time: 59 minutes

Singing & Praying Band
The Singing and Praying Bands of Delaware and Maryland (Eastern and Western Shore) belong to an African American devotional/musical tradition that is unique to the Delmarva region, probably the oldest living African American musical tradition in Delaware and Maryland. In the past, almost half of the Methodist churches around the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays had their own band. With origins in West African religion, Christianity, and African American ring shout traditions, Singing & Praying Bands developed during slavery. The ministry of the Singing & Praying Bands takes place in host churches, often at a camp meeting after an evening preaching service is over. Members line out a hymn, pray a prayer, and end with a spiritual in which the group forms a circle, marching counterclockwise out onto the church grounds. Since the 1950s, the bands have diminished in number, and the singers have consolidated into one large band comprised of fifty to a hundred active members from twenty to thirty different churches. They come together most Sundays in the spring, summer, and fall, at a different church each week, and hold service there, keeping this tradition alive.

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September 1, 2016

The New Lost City Ramblers Vol. 3

Folkways Records FA-2398

Format: Vinyl, LP, Misprint
Country: US
Released: 1961
Genre:Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
A1 Black Mountain Rag (1:53)
A2 I'll Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms (3:00)
A3 Talking Hard Luck (2:42)
A4 Railroad Blues (2:45)
A5 Weave Room Blues (2:23)
A6 The Baltimore Fire (3:13)
A7 Willie, Poor Boy (2:57)
A8 Red Rocking Chair (2:25)
A9 Hold That Woodpile Down (2:53)
B1 Three Men Went A-Hunting (2:04)
B2 Johnson Boys (2:41)
B3 Hot Corn (3:25)
B4 Lady Of Carlisle (3:33)
B5 The Man Who Wrote "Home Sweet Home" Never Was A Married Man (3:11)
B6 Sal Got A Meatskin (3:26)
B7 My Long Journey Home (2:39)
B8 Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss (2:32)
B9 Hog Eye (1:49)
Mike Seeger (vocals/fiddle/guitar/banjo) Tom Paley (vocals/banjo/dobro/guitar/mandolin) John Cohen (vocals/guitar/banjo)

August 29, 2016

The New Lost City Ramblers Vol. II

Folkways Records FA-2397

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1960
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
A1 Whoop 'Em Up Cindy
A2 The Story Of The Mighty Mississippi
A3 Louisville Burglar
A4 Late Last Night When Willie Came Home
A5 Hawkins Rag (Instrumental)
A6 Didn't He Ramble
A7 Texas Rangers
A8 Tom Dooley
A9 Leaving Home
B1 When First Unto This Country
B2 Sally Goodin
B3 Banks Of The Ohio
B4 George Collins
B5 Every Day Dirt
B6 Raging Sea
B7 Up Jumped The Devil
Mike Seeger (vocals/fiddle/guitar/banjo/autoharp) Tom Paley (vocals/guitar/banjo/mandolin) John Cohen (vocals/banjo/guitar)
Cover Photo: Robert Frank

August 23, 2016

The New Lost City Ramblers

Folkways Records FA-2396

Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1958
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
A1 Forked Dear
A2 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
A3 I Truly Understand
A4 Dallas Rag
A5 Tom Cat Blues
A6 Railroading And Rambling
A7 Colored Aristocracy
A8 Sailor On The Deep Blue Sea
A9 East Virginia
B1 Battleship Maine
B2 Davy, Davy
B3 Roving Gambler
B4 Take A Drink On Me
B5 Likes Liquor Better Than Me
B6 It's A Shame To Beat Your Wife
B7 Brown's Ferry Blues
B8 Old Fish Song
B9 Crossed Old Jordan's Stream
Mike Seeger (vocals/fiddle/mandolin/guitar/banjo/harmonica/autoharp) Tom Paley (vocals/guitar/banjo) John Cohen (vocals/banjo/guitar)
Cover photo: Rusell Lee (FSA)

August 15, 2016

African Fiddle & Banjo Echo in Appalachia Concert

Event Date: 2015/10/01 Running Time: 18 minutes

Examples of Appalachian traditional music, with demonstrations from African and Appalachian musicians.

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July 29, 2016

A Concert Featuring the Cheick Hamala Diabate Ensemble

Event Date: 2016/03/23 Running Time: 62 minutes

Cheick Hamala Diabate Ensemble
Cheick Hamala Diabate is a West African historian in the griot tradition, a sought after performer, lecturer, storyteller and choreographer. Diabate was born into a griot family in Kita, Mali. In West African tradition, the griot is a male troubadour-historian whose hereditary role is to preserve and share the history, genealogy and oral traditions of his people, as well as providing advice and practicing diplomacy.

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July 27, 2016

Dolly Parton: Coat Of Many Colors 1971

RCA Victor LSP-4603

Format: Vinyl, LP, Reissue, Stereo, 180 gram
Country: Europe
Released: 01 Feb 2016
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
A1 Coat Of Many Colors (3:02)
A2 Traveling Man (2:38)
A3 My Blue Tears (2:14)
A4 If I Lose My Mind (2:26)
A5 The Mystery Of The Mystery (2:24)
B1 She Never Met A Man (She Didn't Like) (2:40)
B2 Early Morning Breeze (2:53)
B3 The Way I See You (2:43)
B4 Here I Am (3:17)
B5 A Better Place To Live (2:39)
Dolly Parton (vocals/liner notes)
Producer: Bob Ferguson, Engineer: Al Pachucki, Recording Technician: Roy Shockley, Photographer: Les Leverett
Originally Released in 1971

Movie Film  The official trailer "Coat of Many Colors" for Dolly Parton NBC Movie

July 26, 2016

Blues Rediscoveries 1966

RBF Records RBF-11

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1966
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country Blues, Delta Blues
A1 Ain't No Tellin': Mississippi John Hurt
A2 Avalon Blues: Mississippi John Hurt
A3 Sleepy Man Blues: Bukka White
A4 Aberdeen, Mississippi Blues: Bukka White
A5 Poor Man Blues: Henry Townsend
A6 Poor Man's Friend: John Estes
A7 Liquor Store Blues: John Estes
B1 Oh Lord Search My Heart: Blind Gary Davis
B2 You Got To Go Down: Blind Gary Davis
B3 Doin' Wrong: Peg Leg Howell
B4 Jelly Roll: Furry Lewis
B5 Sweet Papa Moan: Furry Lewis
B6 Highway 49: Big Joe Williams
B7 Someday Baby: Big Joe Williams
Mississippi John Hurt (guitar/vocals)
Compiled and Edited: Samuel B. Charters, Designer: Ronald Clyne, Photographer: Ann Charters

July 21, 2016

Elvis Country: I'm 10,000 Years Old

RCA Victor LSP-4460

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 05 May 1971
Genre: Rock, Country, World
Style: Country Rock, Rock & Roll, Classic Rock
A1 Snowbird (2:04)
A2 Tomorrow Never Comes (3:53)
A3 Little Cabin On The Hill (1:45)
A4 Whole Lot-ta Shakin' Goin' On (3:00)
A5 Funny How Time Slips Away (4:20)
A6 I Really Don't Want To Know (2:45)
B1 There Goes My Everything (2:55)
B2 It's Your Baby, You Rock It (2:56)
B3 The Fool (2:26)
B4 Faded Love (3:04)
B5 I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water (3:41)
B6 Make The World Go Away (3:34)
Elvis Presley (vocals)
Backing Vocals: The Imperials Quartet (tracks: A2, A5, A6, B1, B6)
Arranged Strings: Cam Mullins (tracks: A2, A6, B1), Don Tweedy (tracks: A1, A5, B6)
Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) is the eleventh studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released on RCA Recordsin January 1971. Recorded at RCA Studio B in Nashville, it reached number 12 on the Billboard 200. It peaked at number six in the United Kingdom, selling over one million copies worldwide. It was certified Gold on December 1, 1977 by the Recording Industry Association of America. The lead single of the album, "I Really Don't Want to Know" backed with "There Goes My Everything", was released on December 8, 1970 and peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, number two on the Adult Contemporary chart, and number 23 on the country singles chart.

July 16, 2016

Old-Time Southern Dance Music: Ballads and Songs

Old Timey Records LP-102

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1965
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Old Time
A1 Rose Conley: Grayson & Whitter
A2 Pretty Polly: Coon Creek Gals
A3 Little Maggie: Grayson & Whitter
A4 That Fatal Courtship: Ephraim Woodie
A5 Frankie Silvers: Byrd Moore's Hot Shots
A6 Black Jack David: Cliff Carlisle
A7 Old Ruben: Wade Mainer
A8 Handsome Molly: Grayson & Whitter
B1 It's Hard To Leave You, Sweet Love: Lewis McDaniel & Gid Smith
B2 Franklin Roosevelt's Back Again: Bill Cox & Cliff Hobbs
B3 Roy Dixon: Jimmy Tarlton
B4 School House Fire: Dixon Brothers
B5 A Little Love: Wade Mainer
B6 Deep Elm Blues: Lone Star Cowboys*
B7 Frankie Dean : Darby & Tarlton
B8 On The Old Plantation: Blue Sky Boys
Liner Notes: Tony Brown, Editor's Note: Chris Strachwitz

July 1, 2016

Dolly Parton: The Grass Is Blue

Sugar Hill Record SUG-CD-3900

Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
01 Travelin' Prayer (4:15)
02 Cash On The Barrelhead (3:07)
03 A Few Old Memories 4:01
04 I'm Gonna Sleep With One Eye Open (3:04)
05 Steady As The Rain (3:04)
06 I Still Miss Someone (3:37)
07 Endless Stream Of Tears (2:39)
08 Silver Dagger (4:54)
09 Train, Train (2:49)
10 I Wonder Where You Are Tonight (3:13)
11 Will He Be Waiting For Me (3:25)
12 The Grass Is Blue (3:43)
13 I Am Ready (2:44)
Dolly Parton (vocals) Jim Mills (banjo) Jerry Douglas (dobro) Stuart Duncan (fiddle) Bryan Sutton (guitar) Sam Bush (mandolin) Barry Bales (bass)
Designer: Sue Meyer Design, Musical Director: Jerry Douglas, Engineer: Chuck Turner and Toby Seay, Photographer: Dennis Carney, Producer: Steve Buckingham

June 29, 2016

Les Bon Hommes Du Nord: Patrick Ross and Jean Theroux

French-Canadian Fiddle Music & Songs from New Hampshire
Event Date: 2012/08/08 Running Time: 61 minutes

Patrick Ross and Jean Theroux present a program of fiddle tunes and songs drawn from their French-Canadian heritage. They will be joined by Dalton Binette and Bow Thayer. All four musicians hail from the northernmost area of New Hampshire, adjacent to the Canadian border, across which people and cultural influences have flowed steadily over the last hundred years or more. The fiddle, accordion, and guitar are the most common instruments used in French-Canadian music. The playing style is spirited and based upon rhythmic patterns of the Celtic world: jigs, reels, and waltzes. However, the music is not exactly Celtic: the bowing style has a different swing and the tunes are ornamented in a distinctive way. Singing in the French language with family and friends is also an important part of French-Canadian musical heritage, and many of the songs are classified as "chansons á rèpondre," or "call and response," a style developed so a large group can join in the fun without knowing all the words.

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June 26, 2016

Blue Grass Special: Don Reno and Red Smiley / The Stanley Brothers

Angel Records HV-1048

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: JP
Released: March 1960
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Bluegrass
A1 Dixie Brakdown (2:20) *
A2 Haw Mountain Girls Can Love (2:05) **
A3 Let's Live For Tonight (2:21) *
A4 Train 45 (2:40) **
A5 Tree Of Life (2:42) *
A6 Mastertone March (2:23) **
B1 Charlotte Brakdown (2:20) *
B2 Think Of What You've Done (2:06) **
B3 How I Miss My Darling Mother (2:36) *
B4 Clinch Mountain Backstep (2:18) **
B5 Love Me Darling Just Tonight (2:15) **
B6 Springtime In Heaven (2:38) *
* Don Reno and Red Smiley and the Tennessee Cut-Ups
** The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys
Carter Stanley (guitar/vocals) Ralph Stanley (banjo/vocals)
Made in Japan by Toshiba Musical Industries LTD.

June 20, 2016

Willie Nelson: My Own Way

RCA Victor AHL1-4819

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Reissue
Country: US
Released: 1983
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
A1 I'm A Memory (2:24)
A2 My Own Peculiar Way (2:57)
A3 Both Sides Now (2:58)
A4 Funny How Timw Slips Away (2:41)
A5 Hello Walls (2:13)
B1 One In A Row (2:32)
B2 Stay Away From Lonely Places (2:58)
B3 Pins And Needles (In My Heart) (3:31)
B4 Rainy Day Blues (3:13)

June 19, 2016

Doc Watson & Son 1965

Vanguard VSD-79170

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country: US
Released: 1965
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country Blues, Folk
A1 Muskrat (2:51)
A2 Weary Blues (2:10)
A3 Medley (2:09)
A4 Dream Of The Miner's Child (2:45)
A5 Rising Sun Blues (4:17)
A6 Mama Blues (2:18)
A7 We Shall All Be Reunited (2:10)
B1 Little Stream Of Whiskey (2:25)
B2 Little Sadie (2:57)
B3 Beaumont Rag (1:37)
B4 Otto Wood The Bandit (3:14)
B5 Faithful Soldier (3:09)
B6 Memphis Blues (1:32)
B7 Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar (2:06)
Doc Watson (guitar/12-string guitar/harmonica/vocals) Merle Watson (2nd guitar)
Design: Jules Halfant, Liner Notes: Ralph Rinzler, Photography: David Gahr

June 9, 2016

The Very Best Of Dolly Parton

Sony BMG Music Entertainment 88697060742

Format: CD, Compilation
Country: Europe
Released: 06 Mar 2007
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: Country Rock, Pop Rock
01 9 To 5 (3:00)
02 I Will Always Love You (2:55)
03 Islands In The Stream (4:10)
04 Jolene (2:41)
05 Coat Of Many Colors (3:05)
06 My Tennessee Mountain Home (3:07)
07 Here You Come Again (2:54)
08 Baby I'm Burning (2:37)
09 Love Is Like A Butterfly (2:21)
10 The Bargain Store (2:42))
11 Potential New Boyfriend (3:35
12 Everything's Beautiful (In It's Own Way) (3:16)
13 Silver Threads And Golden Needles (2:25)
14 To Know Him Is To Love Him (3:50)
15 Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That (2:33)
16 Romeo (3:34)
17 Tennessee Homesick Blues (3:23)
18 Dumb Blonde (2:29)
19 Applejack (3:25)
20 Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You (3:24)
Liner Notes: Patrick Bingley, 2004

June 7, 2016

Rock Of Ages: Tennessee Ernie Ford

Pickwick SPC-3353

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Genre: Pop, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Religious
A1 Rock Of Ages (2:44)
A2 We Gather Together (1:42)
A3 He Knows What I Need (2:27)
A4 Just Over In The Gloryland (2:17)
A5 On The Jericho Road (2:31)
B1 Just A Little Talk With Jesus (2:55)
B2 Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone? (2:56)
B3 God Of Our Fathers (2:44)
B4 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (2:57)

June 5, 2016

Etienne Charles: Creole Soul at the Library of Congress

Event Date: 2015/05/29 Running Time: 66 minutes

Description: With his Creole Soul project, trumpeter Etienne Charles explores the musical connections between Afro-Caribbean, Creole, New Orleans and American traditions.

Speaker Biography: A native of Trinidad, trumpeter Etienne Charles studied with Marcus Roberts and has performed or recorded with Monty Alexander, Roberta Flack, Wynton Marsalis, Maria Schneider and the Count Basie Orchestra.

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May 20, 2016

Mountain Music Of Kentucky: Collected by John Cohen

Folkways Records FA-2317

Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: US
Released: 1960
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country, Folk, Old Time
A01 Amazing Grace: Various
A02 Foreign Lander: Martha Hall
A03 Charlie's Neat: Granville Bowlen
A04 Little Birdie: Willie Chapman
A05 Fox Chase: Lee Sexton
A06 East Virginia Blues: Roscoe Holcomb
A07 Spring Of '65: James B. Cornett
A08 Death Of The Blue Eagle: George Davis
A09 Old Age Pension Blues: "Banjo" Bill Cornett
A10 Lost Indian: Marion Summner
A11 Cotten Eyed Joe, Little Sunshine: Granville Bowlen
A12 John Henry: Martin Young / Corbett Grigsby
A13 Jaw Bone: Willie Chapman
A14 St. Louis Blues: Lee Sexton
A15 Wayfaring Stranger: Roscoe Holcomb
B01 Across The Rocky Mountain: Roscoe Holcomb
B02 Stingy Woman Blues: Roscoe Holcomb
B03 Black-Eyed Susie: Roscoe Holcomb
B04 I Wish I Were A Single Girl Again: Roscoe Holcomb
B05 Young & Tender Ladies: Martha Hall
B06 Kitty Alone: Martha Hall
B07 Barbara Allen: James B. Cornett
B08 Sweet Willie: "Banjo" Bill Cornett
B09 Buck Creek Girls: Bill Cornett
B10 Cluck Old Hen: Bill Cornett
B11 Rocky Island: Corbett Grigsby & Martin Young
B12 No Letter In The Mail: Corbett Grigsby & Martin Young
B13 Give The Fiddler A Dram: James Crase
B14 Old Joe Clark: James Crase
Recorder, Field Worker, Producer, Photographer, Designer & Liner Notes: John Cohen
In 1959, John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers made field recordings in the mountains of Kentucky of Appalachian folk performers who were virtually unknown to the record-buying public. This is no-nonsense, sometimes raw stuff, with fiddlers, banjos, a cappella singers, and Baptist church choirs presenting folk standards, blues-influenced numbers, stomping bluegrass, even the odd country song. It's got as much of the unadulterated American white folk feel as the older recordings on Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music box (to use a celebrated example), though the material here is of better fidelity. Although some of these artists would make other recordings, only Roscoe Holcomb -- the most passionate and arresting of them -- would gain anything like substantial recognition. This is too basic and unschooled, not to mention too long, to hold the attention of the average folk or bluegrass fan, but scholars and roots aficionados will value its no-frills authenticity.