Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

by Dave Van Ronk
     
 

The very template of the urban folk singer in the late '50s and early '60s, Dave Van Ronk was born and grew up in Brooklyn, learning to play ukulele, banjo, and guitar at an early age. Initially drawn to jazz, he was influenced, like so many others, by Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, and began…  See more details below

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The very template of the urban folk singer in the late '50s and early '60s, Dave Van Ronk was born and grew up in Brooklyn, learning to play ukulele, banjo, and guitar at an early age. Initially drawn to jazz, he was influenced, like so many others, by Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, and began spending time at the famous impromptu Washington Square Park folk jam sessions. He developed a gruff, bluesy, intelligent, and authentic-sounding urban folk style that made him the Dean of New York's folk singers. This three-disc set spans Van Ronk's career, beginning with early live recordings he made in 1958 in advance of his first Folkways album, through his final studio recordings in 2001 just months before his death.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/2013
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074021323
catalogNumber:
40213
Rank:
27573

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Duncan and Brady
  2. River Come Down (Bamboo)
  3. Spike Driver Blues
  4. John Henry
  5. Backwater Blues
  6. K.C. Moan
  7. Haul On the Bowline
  8. Just a Closer Walk With Thee
  9. Gambler's Blues
  10. Sweet Substitute
  11. Bed Bug Blues
  12. Winin' Boy
  13. Georgie and the IRT
  14. Betty and Dupree
  15. Come Back, Baby
  16. My Baby's So Sweet
  17. Black Mountain Blues
  18. Ya-Yas-Yas

Disc 2

  1. Willie the Weeper
  2. Dink's Song
  3. Santy Anno
  4. Leave Her, Johnny
  5. Tell Old Bill
  6. Careless Love
  7. Standing By My Window
  8. Please See My Grave is Kept Clean
  9. Had More Money
  10. If You Leave Me, Pretty Mama
  11. Hesitation Blues
  12. In the Pines
  13. Oh, What a Beautiful City
  14. Mean Old Frisco
  15. Stackalee
  16. How Long
  17. Ain't No Grace Can Hold My Body Down
  18. House of the Rising Sun

Disc 3

  1. Hootchie Kootchie Man
  2. Reckless Blues
  3. Trouble In Mind
  4. Oh Lord, Search My Heart
  5. God Bless the Child
  6. Losers
  7. Another Time and Place
  8. Garden State Stomp
  9. Motherless Children
  10. Don't You Leave Me Here (I'm Alabama Bound)
  11. Spike Driver Blues
  12. Down South Blues
  13. St. James Infirmary (Gambler's Blues)
  14. Ace In the Hole
  15. Going Down Slow
  16. Buckets of Rain
  17. Jelly Jelly
  18. Sometime (Whatcha Gonna Do)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Van Ronk   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Scrapper Blackwell   Composer
Leroy Carr   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Furry Lewis   Composer
Bessie Smith   Composer
Josh White   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Billy Eckstine   Composer
Earl Hines   Composer
Dave Van Ronk   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Billie Holiday   Composer
Brownie McGhee   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Ronnie Freeland   Engineer
Matthew Fritz   Engineer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Joel Katz   Engineer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Fred Longshaw   Composer
Jeff Place   Annotation
Pete Reiniger   Engineer
Bess Lomax   Composer
Kevin Wait   Engineer
Andrea Vuocolo   Liner Notes
James Dempsey   Composer
Jack Gee   Composer
D.A. Sonneborn   Executive Producer
Joseph M. Davis   Composer
John Smith   Marketing
David Horgan   Marketing
Daniel E. Sheehy   Executive Producer
John Hurt   Composer
James Oden   Composer
Weissman   Composer
Ernest Rodgers   Composer
Laura Dion   Marketing
Jackson Foster   Art Direction,Layout
Ferdinand Joseph Morton   Composer
Craig Meirop   Cover Photo
Will Griffin   Marketing

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