Down Home Saturday Night

Down Home Saturday Night


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The nonprofit Smithsonian Folkways label is a true godsend. Not only does the imprint make available the valuable field recordings of the Smithsonian Institute but also the back catalogs of several other small independent labels specializing in world, folk and roots recordings like Moses Asch's famed Folkways Records, as well as the Cook, Paredon, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk and Monitor imprints, among others. In all, Smithsonian Folkways keeps continually in print some 3000 on-demand CD titles and also offers individual downloads of over 40,000 tracks at their website, all of which makes the label the largest source for traditional music on the planet. This fun 15-song set, compiled and annotated by archivist Jeff Place, is essentially a sampler of some of the kinds of music the label offers, ranging from bluegrass, blues, boogie woogie, country, Cajun, and zydeco, to Texas swing and conjunto, with all of the tracks geared toward the kind of joyous, raucous and celebratory music one might hear at house parties, local dance halls and country store jam sessions throughout America on a typical Saturday night. Among the highlights from this digital fais do-do are John Sebastian and Geoff Muldaur's delightful rendition of "Minglewood Blues," a song originally done as a 78 by Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers, Mingo Saldivar's conjunto romp "El Sinaleone," and retired Maryland truck driver Warner Williams' hilarious "Hey Bartender, There's a Big Bug in My Beer," a version of Merrill Moore's "Big Bug Boogie." Joyous, upbeat and full of good spirit and élan, Down Home Saturday Night makes a rollicking introduction to the many treasures that Smithsonian Folkways has to offer, and like all of the label's official releases, it comes with lengthy and informative liner notes for each track.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2007
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074018224
catalogNumber: 40182
Rank: 5559


  1. Minglewood Blues
  2. White House Blues
  3. Le Vieux Soulard et Sa Femme
  4. El Sinaloense
  5. It's Love Baby (24 Hours a Day)
  6. Big Ball's in Cowtown
  7. Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
  8. Bill Morgan and His Gal
  9. You Keep on Doggin' Me
  10. Bosco Stomp
  11. Walking Blues
  12. Hey Bartender, There's a Big Bug in My Beer
  13. Oh, Baby, You Don't Have to Go
  14. Chiquitos Pero Picos
  15. Uncle Bud

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Memphis Slim   Organ,Piano,Vocals
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle,Mandolin
Geoff Muldaur   Mandolin,Vocals
Mike Seeger   Fiddle
Brian Keane   Drums
Ben Tavera King   Accordion
John Sebastian   Banjo
Tom Paley   Banjo,Vocals
Arbee Stidham   Guitar,Vocals
Leon Rausch   Vocals
J.C. Burris   Trombone
Paul Rishell   Guitar
Yomo Toro   Bajo Sexto
Christine Balfa   Guitar,Vocals
Rodney Balfa   Guitar,Vocals
T.D. Bell   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Boozoo Chavis   Vocals,Accordion (Diatonic)
Erbie Bowser   Piano
George Chambers   Bass
Joe Chambers   Guitar
Lester Chambers   Vocals
Willie Chambers   Guitar
Charles Chavis   Frottoir
Rellis Chavis   Drums
John Cohen   Guitar,Vocals
Bessyl Duhon   Fiddle
Nathaniel Fontenot   Rhythm Guitar
Sam Porky Hutchins   Guitar,Vocals
Len Nichols   Bass
Jerry Ontiberoz   Drums
Dirk Powell   Accordion,Vocals
Herb Remington   Steel Guitar
Fritz Richmond   Jug
Frank Salazar   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Sonny Terry   Harmonica
Carlton Thomas   Guitar
Warner Williams   Guitar,Vocals
Kevin Wimmer   Fiddle
Alex Medina   Drums
Bill Dessens   Electric Guitar
Jim Gough   Electric Bass
Ernie Hunter   Fiddle
Earl Taylor   Mandolin,Vocals
Walter Hensley   Banjo,Vocals
Annie Raines   Harmonica
James Wormworth   Percussion
Jim Beal   Bass
Nonc Allie Young   Accordion
Eddie Pennington   Guitar
Ruben Mendoza   Drums
Mel Davis   Harmonica
Vernon "Boatwhistle" McIntyre   Bass
Sticks McGhee & the Ramblers   Guitar
Reggie Crawford   Saxophone
Jesse "El Chivo" Garza   Vocals
Donald "Duck" Manor   Drums
Nelda Balfa Moody   Triangle
Armand Jump Jackson   Drums

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Arbee Stidham   Composer
Noah Lewis   Composer
Jeff Place   Liner Notes,Annotation
Sonny Terry   Composer
Hoyle Nix   Composer

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