Smithsonian Folkways American Roots Collection

Smithsonian Folkways American Roots Collection


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This assemblage of blues, bluegrass, mountain ballads, topical songs, and jazz shows the wide range of American vernacular music, and Smithsonian Folkways' commitment to it. Among the many highlights here are Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson's ragged and yet sleek version of "The Coo Coo Bird," Doug Wallin's creaky and breathless a cappella version of "Pretty Saro," Lucinda Williams' Cajun two-step, "Lafayette," and a compelling take by Elizabeth Cotten of her signature song, "Freight Train." The New Lost City Ramblers bring their urban string band chops to a kinetic revitalization of "Old Joe Bone," while Michelle Lanchester (with Sweet Honey in the Rock) turns "I Was Standing By the Bedside of a Neighbor (If You See My Savior)" into a kind of gospel doo wop. Hearing the jazz piano of Mary Lou Williams on "Virgo" and "Syl-O-Gism" is another high point here. This fine disc works as a sampler for Smithsonian Folkways, but it also works as an enjoyably cohesive sequence on its own.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/1996
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074006221
catalogNumber: 40062
Rank: 94154

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lonnie Johnson   Track Performer
Lead Belly   Track Performer
Roosevelt Sykes   Track Performer
Big Joe Williams   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Bill Monroe   Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Track Performer
Doc Watson   Guitar,Baritone,Track Performer
Elizabeth Cotten   Track Performer
Woody Guthrie   Track Performer
New Lost City Ramblers   Track Performer
Mike Seeger   Fiddle
Peggy Seeger   Track Performer
Pete Seeger   Track Performer
Josh White   Track Performer
Sweet Honey in the Rock   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Lucinda Williams   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Mary Lou Williams   Piano,Track Performer
Dave Van Ronk   Track Performer
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
Rodney Balfa   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Rex Bell   Electric Bass,Vocal Harmony
Brownie McGhee   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
John Cohen   Guitar,Vocals
Bessyl Duhon   Fiddle,Track Performer
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle
Lightnin' Hopkins   Track Performer
Ransom Knowling   Bass
Rudy Lyle   Banjo
Andre Matthews   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Bessie Lee Mauldin   Bass
Gene Moore   Drums
Toshi Reagon   Guitar
Mickey Roker   Drums
Tracy Schwarz   Fiddle
Sonny Terry   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Chick Stripling   Bass
Joe Stuart   Fiddle
Mickey White   Acoustic Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Allison Young   Accordion,Track Performer
Doug Wallin   Track Performer
Lucas   Bass
Zita Carno   Piano
Clarence Ashley   Track Performer
Alli Young   Track Performer
Malcolm Smith   Fiddle,Viola

Technical Credits

Lead Belly   Composer
Charlie Monroe   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Doug Wallin   Arranger
Anthony Seeger   Producer
Bill Nettles   Composer
Amy Horowitz   Producer
Traditional   Composer

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