Sunday, April 24, 2011

Smithsonian Folkways on Spotify, A Sampler

As a postscript for the Bob Dylan post, I made a 20-track playlist for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. See tracklist below. The 20 albums selected here will provide a broad overview of this prestigious label to the newcomers. I linked songs and performers to their Wikipedia pages, and albums to their Folkways pages, where you can download the complete liner notes in pdf.

01, Frankie by Mississippi John Hurt from Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol.1

02, Little Moses by The Carter Family from Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol.2

03, The Coo Coo Bird by Clarence Ashley from Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 3

04, Pretty Boy Floyd by Woody Guthrie from The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1-4

05, Dark as the Dungeon by Cisco Houston from The Folkways Years, 1944-1961

06, Little Sadie by  Doc Watson, Clarence Ashley from Original Folkways Recordings of Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley, 1960-1962

07, Moonshiner by  Roscoe Holcomb from The High Lonesome Sound

08, Duncan and Brady by Dave Van Ronk from The Folkways Years, 1959-1961

09, John Hardy by Dock Boggs from  His Folkways Years, 1963-1968

10, Barbara Allen by Jean Richie from Classic Mountain Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

11, Goodnight, Irene by Lead Belly from Lead Belly's Last Sessions

12, Freight Train by Elizabeth Cotten from  Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes

13, Red River Valley by Pete Seeger from American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 5

14, The House Carpenter by The Doc Watson Family from The Doc Watson Family

15, Roving Gambler by The Country Gentlemen from Classic Bluegrass Vol. 2 from Smithsonian Folkways

16, Tiny Broken Heart by Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard from Classic Bluegrass from Smithsonian Folkways

17, Tom Dooley by The New Lost City Ramblers from New Lost City Ramblers - Vol. 2

18, This Train (Bound for Glory) by Big Bill Broonzy from Classic Folk Music from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

19, Changes by Phil Ochs from The Best of Broadside 1962-1988: Anthems of the American Underground from the Pages of Broadside Magazine

20, There's a Brown Girl in the Ring by Lord Invader from There's a Brown Boy in the Ring and Other Children's Calypso Songs 

Here's the Spotify playlist: Smithsonian Folkways: 20-Track Sampler (20 tracks, 1 hours). For world music recordings from the same label, also check out my previous post: Music On the Voyager Golden Record.


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