Classic Folk Music from Smithsonian Folkways

Classic Folk Music from Smithsonian Folkways


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Moses Asch founded Folkways Records in 1948 with the express purpose of recording music on the margins of the music industry, where the freedom was greater and the risks were considerably less. Folkways became a sterling example of how to run an independent label, and everything Asch recorded continues to be available, thanks to the Smithsonian Institution music arm, which now handles the catalog along with the backlist of several other small labels (Monitor, Paredon, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Collector). This brings the Smithsonian album total to well over 3,000 titles, all of which are maintained in print, a truly amazing achievement. This sampler of that vast collection concentrates on the urban-based folksingers of the so-called folk revival, and as such, works as a companion volume to the more rural-centered compilation called Classic Mountain Songs from Smithsonian Folkways. There are easily a dozen gems here, including Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty" (a song about migrant workers set to the tune of "Pretty Polly"), Doc Watson's beautifully archaic version of "John Henry" (with his brother Arnold Watson on banjo and father-in-law Gaither Carlton on fiddle), Jean Ritchie's airy dulcimer work on "Most Fair Beauty Bright," Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten's childhood composition "Freight Train," and a tender and innocent-sounding version of "Changes" by Phil Ochs. Obviously this is but the barest tip of the Smithsonian Folkways iceberg, but as a sampler, it features a diverse array of interpretations and approaches to American vernacular music.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2004
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074011027
catalogNumber: 40110
Rank: 22382

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Guitar,Vocals
Lead Belly   Guitar,Vocals
Doc Watson   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Clayton   Guitar,Vocals
Elizabeth Cotten   Guitar,Vocals
Woody Guthrie   Guitar,Vocals
Cisco Houston   Guitar,Vocals
Burl Ives   Guitar,Vocals
Phil Ochs   Guitar,Vocals
Jean Ritchie   Vocals,Appalachian Dulcimer
Mike Seeger   Banjo,Fiddle,Vocals
Peggy Seeger   Guitar,Vocals
Pete Seeger   Banjo,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Paul Robeson   Vocals
Barbara Dane   Guitar,Vocals
Earl Robinson   Piano,Vocals
Fred Gerlach   Guitar,Vocals
Mark Spoelstra   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Van Ronk   Guitar,Vocals
Brownie McGhee   Guitar,Vocals
Gaither Carlton   Fiddle
John Cohen   Guitar,Vocals
Jan Hunter   Vocals
Harry McClintock   Guitar,Vocals
Arnold Watson   Banjo
Hobart Smith   Guitar,Vocals
Mary Pickney   Vocals

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Lead Belly   Composer
Guy Carawan   Composer
Elizabeth Cotten   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Phil Ochs   Composer
Pete Seeger   Composer
Earl Robinson   Composer
Frank Hamilton   Composer
Alan Lomax   Arranger
Brownie McGhee   Composer
Zilphia Horton   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Arranger
Harry McClintock   Composer
Jeff Place   Liner Notes,Annotation
David Arkin   Composer
David Gahr   Cover Photo
Quirino Mendoza   Composer
Fernandez Cortez   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Martin Hoffman   Composer

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