Mark Twain: A Film Directed by Ken Burns

Mark Twain: A Film Directed by Ken Burns




The world of the legendary author and wit Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is vividly captured on this companion recording to Ken Burns's documentary. Dominated by the extravagantly talented Bobby Horton, who excels on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and concertina, among other instruments, the soundtrack evokes the folksy sound of the Mississippi and its environs. . Horton performs bright versions of hardy traditional classics and spirituals, including "Sweet Betsy from Pike," "Poor Wayfarin' Stranger," "How Can I Keep from Singing," and "Hard Times." Jacqueline Schwab also weighs in with a few delicate piano selections, and John Owen "Fiddlin' Johnny" Lardinois leads a bouncy "Shuckin' the Bush" and "Dill Pickle Rag" Among the other featured performers are Prairie Home Companion favorite Peter Ostroushko. The effect of this carefully selected music is a sometimes wistful, sometimes spirited, 19th-century pastoral, evoking an age when folk traditions were still very much alive in this country. Interspersed among the musical selections are a handful of short, pungent monologues by actor Kevin Conway that convey Twain's caustic folk genius. -- William Pearl

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2001
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998609129
catalogNumber: 86091


  1. Made in the Image of God
  2. Sweet Betsy from Pike
  3. Dogue Creek
  4. Wagoner's Lad
  5. Howl
  6. Mighty Big River
  7. Shadow on the Marsh
  8. Poor Wayfarin's Stranger
  9. Shuckin' the Bush
  10. How Can I Keep from Singing
  11. Ol Voices
  12. For Ireland I'd Not Tell Her Name
  13. When Tomorrow Comes
  14. Wagoner's Lad
  15. The Falls
  16. Ties That Bind
  17. Rosin' the Bow
  18. Amelia
  19. "Shakespear Is Dead"
  20. Dill Pickle Rag
  21. Hard Times
  22. Hard Times
  23. Sweet Betsy from Pike
  24. Maple Leaf Rag
  25. "Two Unaccountable Freaks"
  26. Sweet Betsy from Pike
  27. How Can I Keep from Singing
  28. Advice for Arrival in Heavens
  29. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim Clark   Voices
Peter Ostroushko   Track Performer
Blythe Danner   Voices
Phillip Bosco   Voices
Bobby Horton   Track Performer
Petteway   Track Performer
Amy Madigan   Voices
Jacqueline Schwab   Track Performer
Kevin Conway   Voices
Fiddlin' Johnny   Track Performer
Ann Duquesnay   Voices
Ed Gerhard   Track Performer
Keith David   Narrator
Carolyn McCormick   Voices
Lou Verrico   Overdubs

Technical Credits

Allen Moore   Cinematography
Kevin Burns   Executive Producer,Cinematography
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Susan Yeaton Butler   Administrative Assistant
Brenda Heath   Financial Director
Debora Keller   Administrative Assistant
Patty Lawlor   Administrative Assistant
Geoffrey C. Ward   Creative Consultant

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