Smithsonian Folkways American Roots Collection

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/1996
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074006221
  • Catalog Number: 40062
  • Sales rank: 58,653

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Penitentiary Blues (2:56)
  2. 2 Sweet Old Chicago (2:58)
  3. 3 Blue Moon of Kentucky - The Bluegrass Band (2:02)
  4. 4 If I Had a Hammer - Pete Seeger (2:13)
  5. 5 Lafayette (3:45)
  6. 6 Bosco Stomp (3:04)
  7. 7 Better Day (3:04)
  8. 8 Long Road to Travel (2:22)
  9. 9 The Coo Coo Bird - Clarence Ashley (2:35)
  10. 10 Pretty Saro (2:32)
  11. 11 Freight Train (2:46)
  12. 12 Old Joe Bone (2:00)
  13. 13 Have a Feast Here Tonight - Doc Watson (2:24)
  14. 14 Freedom Road (2:21)
  15. 15 This Land Is Your Land (2:19)
  16. 16 Two Good Men (3:49)
  17. 17 Where Did You Sleep Last Night? (2:10)
  18. 18 Goodnight Irene (2:18)
  19. 19 Somebody's Been Fooling #1 (2:52)
  20. 20 Hesitation Blues (2:34)
  21. 21 I'm Gonna Be an Engineer (4:31)
  22. 22 Delgadina (2:15)
  23. 23 I Was Standing by the Bedside of a Neighbor ( If You See My Saviour) - Michelle Lanchester (3:22)
  24. 24 Virgo - Mary Lou Williams (2:29)
  25. 25 Syl-O-Gism - Mary Lou Williams (3:31)
  26. 26 We Shall Overcome - Dorothy Cotton (2:42)
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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
The 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
Malcolm Smith Fiddle, Viola
Sonny Terry Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Chick Stripling Bass
Joe Stuart Fiddle
Mickey White Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Allison Young Accordion, Track Performer
Doug Wallin Track Performer
Al Lucas Bass
Zita Carno Piano
Clarence Ashley Track Performer
Alli Young Track Performer
Technical Credits
Lead Belly Composer
Charlie Monroe Composer
David Glasser Mastering
John A. Lomax Composer
Doug Wallin Arranger
Anthony Seeger Producer
Bill Nettles Composer
Amy Horowitz Producer
Lea Anne Sonenstein Mastering
Traditional Composer
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