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Sings Newly Discovered Early American Folk Songs/The Wilderness Road
     

Sings Newly Discovered Early American Folk Songs/The Wilderness Road

by Jimmie Driftwood
 
Jimmie Driftwood (the recording and performing name of Arkansas school teacher, folklorist, and multi-instrumentalist James Corbitt Morris) began writing songs as a way to help his students learn about American history, and by the time all was said and done, he had written or adapted and recomposed over 6,000 folk songs, and his catalog is as rich as any in Americana,

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Jimmie Driftwood (the recording and performing name of Arkansas school teacher, folklorist, and multi-instrumentalist James Corbitt Morris) began writing songs as a way to help his students learn about American history, and by the time all was said and done, he had written or adapted and recomposed over 6,000 folk songs, and his catalog is as rich as any in Americana, perhaps surpassed only by Woody Guthrie. This set is drawn largely from Driftwood's first two albums for RCA Victor Records, 1958's Jimmie Driftwood Sings Newly Discovered Early American Folk Songs (newly discovered in the sense that he wrote all of the songs on the original LP) and 1959's The Wilderness Road, with a few other tracks of similar feel added in as well. His two most famous songs are here, "Battle of New Orleans," based on the melody line to the old fiddle tune "The 8th of January," which celebrated the British defeat at the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815, and was a big radio hit for Johnny Horton in 1959, and "Tennessee Stud," which was a hit for Eddy Arnold and has consequently been done in fine versions by Doc Watson and many others.

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Release Date:
10/15/2013
Label:
Omni
UPC:
0725543917423
catalogNumber:
174
Rank:
109264

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