American Epic: The Sessions

American Epic: The Sessions


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Airing June 6, 2017 on PBS in the United States, “THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS” directed by Bernard MacMahon, is a feature-length film showcasing an all-star roster of contemporary artists, led by Jack White and T Bone Burnett, replicating a 1920s recording session and paying tribute to the great artists of the past.

For the film, the American Epic team has reassembled the very first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s, and invited Jack White and T Bone Burnett to produce an album of recordings by twenty of today’s greatest artists. In this beautifully filmed musical feature, these artists are given the chance to pass through the portal that brought the world into the modern era.

Engineer Nicholas Bergh has reassembled this recording system from original parts and it is now the only one left in the world. The system consists of a single microphone, a towering six-foot amplifier rack, and a live record-cutting lathe, powered by a weight-driven pulley system of clockwork gears. The musicians have roughly three minutes to record their song direct to disc before the weight hits the floor. In the 1920s, they called this “catching lightning in a bottle.” All the musical performances in this film are live. The audio you hear on this soundtrack is taken directly from the discs they were recorded to, with no editing or enhancements.

The soundtrack features many additional performances not seen in the film. Featuring: Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Los Lobos, Stephen Stills, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Christine Pizzuti, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2017
Label: Columbia Records
UPC: 0888751355026
catalogNumber: 513550


Disc 1

  1. Killer Diller Blues
  2. On the Road Again
  3. Candy Man
  4. 2 Fingers of Whiskey
  5. The Coo Coo Bird
  6. Like a Rose
  7. The Only Man Wilder than Me
  8. Matrimonial Intentions
  9. One Hour Mama
  10. Mal Hombre
  11. El Cascabel
  12. Closer Walk with Thee
  13. Fourteen Rivers, Fourteen Floods

Disc 2

  1. Nobody’s Dirty Business
  2. St. Louis Blues
  3. High Water Everywhere, Pt. 2
  4. One Mic
  5. Pretty Saro
  6. Jubilee
  7. Tous les Matins
  8. When I Woke Up this Morning
  9. If the River was Whiskey
  10. Stealin’ Stealin’
  11. Jordan am a Hard Road to Travel
  12. Sail Away Ladies
  13. Tomi Tomi
  14. Last Kind Words
  15. Come On in My Kitchen
  16. Mama’s Angel Child
  17. Josephine
  18. Hilo Hanakahi
  19. Old Fashioned Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Martin   Banjo
Taj Mahal   Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals
Merle Haggard   Guitar,Vocals
Willie Nelson   Guitar,Vocals
Elton John   Piano,Vocals
Van Dyke Parks   Accordion
Steve Stills   Guitar,Vocals
Ana Gabriel   Vocals
Beck   Guitar,Vocals
Nas   Vocals
Carla Azar   Percussion,Drums
Edie Brickell   Vocals
David Hidalgo   Vocals,Requinto
Bettye LaVette   Vocals
Conrad Lozano   Vocals,Guitarron
Cesar Rosas   Guitar,Vocals
Fred Sokolow   Lap Steel Guitar
Jay Bellerose   Drums
Raphael Saadiq   Vocals
Fats Kaplin   Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin
Louie Pérez   Vocals,Jarana
Bobby Ingano   Lap Steel Guitar
Gabe Witcher   Fiddle
Roger Manning   Piano
Michelle Jones   Vocals
Steve Johnson   Drums
Jack White   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
André Michot   Accordion
Kevin Shannon   Vocals
Ashley Monroe   Guitar,Vocals
Bob Crawford   Vocals
Pokey LaFarge   Guitar,Vocals
Daru Jones   Drums
Omar Rodriguez   Guitar
Chloe Feoranzo   Clarinet
Lillie Mae Rische   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals
Frank Fairfield   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Matt Meyer   Drums
Patrick Ferris   Banjo,Guitar,Steel Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dominic Davis   Upright Bass
Dwanna Orange   Vocals
Levite Camp   Choir, Chorus
Timothy Seth Avett   Guitar,Vocals
Fred Martin   Choir, Chorus
Rhiannon Giddens   Vocals
Dom Flemons   Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Louis Michot   Fiddle,Vocals
Alfredo Ortiz   Drums
Adam Hoskins   Guitar
Joey Glynn   Upright Bass
Eric Heigle   Drums
Ben Tanner   Piano
Scott Yancey Avett   Vocals
Joseph Kwon   Cello
Brittany Howard   Guitar,Vocals
Hubby Jenkins   Banjo
Micah Nelson   Mandolin
Zac Cockrell   Bass
Heath Fogg   Guitar
Ryan Koenig   Percussion
Shana Jackson   Vocals
Zac Sokolow   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Violin,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals
TJ Muller   Cornet
Jerron Paxton   Guitar,Vocals
Christine Pizzuti   Guitar,Vocals
Tai Phillips   Vocals
Tim Carr   Steel Guitar,Vocals,Washboard
Robert Carruth   Guitar
Jake Faulkner   Guitar,Jug,Upright Bass
Auntie Geri Kuhia   Vocals
Jennifer M. Brown   Vocals
Ari Sorkoram   Vocals
Marc Sorko-Ram   Vocals
Fawn Sorkoram   Vocals
Claire Hafteck   Vocals
Emanuel Bennet   Vocals
Charlie Kaleo Oyama   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jim Jackson   Composer
Charley Patton   Composer
Frank Stokes   Composer
Guy Clark   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Lydia Mendoza   Composer
Jean Ritchie   Composer
Elton John   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Beck   Composer
Daniel Decatur Emmett   Composer
Peter Asher   Musical Director
T Bone Burnett   Producer,Executive Producer
Rev. Gary Davis   Composer
Porter Grainger   Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Charlie Poole   Composer
Will Shade   Composer
Fred Sokolow   Musical Director
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Duke Erikson   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Concept,Additional Production
Robert Redford   Executive Producer
Jon Randall   Composer
Chucky Thompson   Composer
Norman Woodlieff   Composer
Charles J. Roberts   Composer
Lorenzo Barcelata   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
Geeshie Wiley   Composer
Bernard MacMahon   Director,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Concept
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jack White   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Roberto Roffiel   Musical Director
Allison McGourty   Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Concept
Ashley Monroe   Composer
Sweet Papa Stovepipe   Composer
Pokey LaFarge   Composer
Timothy Seth Avett   Arranger,Composer
Minnie Lawlers   Composer
Louis Michot   Composer
Nasir Jones   Composer
Mark Williams   Executive Producer
Scott Yancey Avett   Arranger,Composer
Robert William Crawford   Arranger,Composer
Michael Harris   Engineer
Nathanio Strimpopulos   Art Direction
Nick Bergh   Engineer,Liner Notes,Concept
Keola Nalium   Composer

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