Posted tagged ‘Smithsonian Folkways’

Lafayette: Lucinda Williams

February 10, 2011

This cut is from an album called Smithsonian Folkways American Roots Collection.  You’ll find it here:

Groundhog: Red Allen and Frank Wakefield

February 2, 2011

This is from Folkways Years 1964-1963. The link to Smithsonian is on the side!

Down in the Alley: The Chambers Brothers

October 28, 2010

Today is Smithsonian-Folkways day. I love to to push this label as it gives me access to the most amazing catalog of music. If you haven’t been by there in a while, give it a look. This is from Classic Blues.

Go Tell It on the Mountain: Fannie Lou Hamer

September 28, 2010

It’s Smithsonian Folkways Day! This is from an album called Smithsonian Folkways Classic African American Gospel.

The Titanic: Pink Anderson

September 28, 2010

This song originally appeared on The Blues of Pink Anderson: Ballad & Folksinger, Vol. 3, released in 1963, but I took it  from the album Classic African American Ballads from Smithsonian Folkways.

Joe Hill: Earl Robinson

September 6, 2010

Today is Smithsonian Folkways Day. Two albums I have celebrate labor, and I'm posting one song from each. This song is from Don't Mourn-Organize!: Songs of Labor Songwriter Joe Hill.

More about Joe Hill here:

I’m Union and I’m Proud: Eddie Starr

September 6, 2010

"Songs of the American labor movement over the 20th century called for just wages, dignity, and a fair shake. They voiced grievances, affirmed the value of the worker to society, and expressed hope for life in a more just world. Classic Labor Songs from Smithsonian Folkways is a collage of these voices—champions of the movement, singing songs with a passion and love for their fellow workers that rings just as true today as it did then. Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joe Glazer, the Almanac Singers, and more chronicle the history of the American labor movement in stirring song."

That is the description from Smithsonian Folkways of the album from which this song comes.

Beans, Bacon and Gravy: Cisco Houston

August 6, 2010

This is from a Folkways recording released in 1960 called Cisco Houston Sings Songs of the Open Road. It's still available here at Smithsonian-Folkways:

Pretty Boy Floyd: Sammy Walker

July 29, 2010

This is from a 1979 album on Folkways, now Smithsonian Folkways, called Songs from Woody's Pen.

It was Phil Ochs who had heard Sammy on a radio show and, "Within two months, Ochs had arranged the recording of Sammy's album for Folkways, and convinced Warner Brothers to sign him for two records. Ochs produced Sammy's first album for Folkways, called Song For Patty and featured newspaper heiress Patty Hearst on the cover of the album. Sammy recorded two superb albums for Warner Brothers that were produced by legendary producer Nik Venet. He was also managed by the late Harold Leventhal (manager of Woody Guthrie, The Weavers, Pete Seeger, etc…)."

Juice Headed Baby: Lonnie Johnson

July 19, 2010

It's Smithsonian Folkways day. Nothing I like better than touting their amazing vault of music!

This is from Lonnie Johnson The Complete Folkways Recordings released in 1993, twenty-four songs of Lonnie singing and accompanying himself on guitar.