Starting with the first Smithsonian Folkways release Musics of the Soviet Union in 1988, followed by a Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly collection a year later, Smithsonian Folkways has furthered Asch’s mission of presenting “the people’s music” from around the world. Celebrate a quarter century of Smithsonian Folkways and listen to this year-by-year playlist – one song each from 1988–2013 – from the collection of more than 3,000 albums (and growing!).
2013 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Abdulla Majnun; Bernice Johnson Reagon; Bill Monroe; Dave Van Ronk; Doc Watson; Elizabeth Mitchell; Ella Jenkins; Frank Ulwenya; George Abdo; Grupo Cimarrón; Honeyboy Edwards; Lead Belly; Los Texmaniacs; Mary Lou Williams; Michael Doucet; Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos; Paul Robeson; Pete Seeger; Suni Paz; The New Lost City Ramblers; Two Mbuti Pygmies; Veronika Povilioniene; Woody Guthrie; Wu Man