Classic African American Songsters from Smithsonian Folkways

Classic African American Songsters from Smithsonian Folkways

Various Artists SFW40211

Classic African American Songsters from Smithsonian Folkways ventures beyond the blues to show the true breadth of African American secular song. Drawing 21 classic tracks - including five previously unreleased -from the deep well of Smithsonian Folkways’ archives, this connoisseur collection spotlights songs from ragtime, country, Tin Pan Alley, pre-blues songs, blues hybrids, and old-timey string band. Marquee-name artists Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie McGhee, Lead Belly, Peg Leg Sam, Mississippi John Hurt, John Cephas, and more set the record straight that there has long been much more to the African American secular song tradition than just the blues. 60 minutes, 40-page booklet with extensive notes and photos.

This is the 23rd release in the Smithsonian Folkways Classic Series. Click here to learn more about this enjoyable introduction to the diverse repertoire of American music.

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Year Released 2014
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2014 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) American Folk; Blues
Country(s) United States
Instrument(s) 12-string guitar; Guitar; Harmonica; Mandolin; Maracas; Piano; Violin; Vocals

Download Liner Notes

101 Bring it On Down to My House Warner Williams with Jay Summerour 2:02
102 Talking Blues Pink Anderson 2:26
103 Nobody’s Business (If I Do) John Jackson 3:15
104 Alabama Bound Little Brother Montgomery 2:17
105 Pallet on the Floor Brownie McGhee 3:09
106 Chicken You Can’t Roost Too High For Me Bill Williams 3:16
107 My Hula Love Lead Belly 2:16
108 Candy Man Reverend Gary Davis 2:32
109 Going Down the Road Feeling Bad John Cephas and Phil Wiggins 3:32
110 Froggy Went-a-Courting Peg Leg Sam 4:10
111 Monday Morning Blues Mississippi John Hurt 5:52
112 The Boys of Your Uncle Sam Pink Anderson 2:03
113 Raise a Ruckus Tonight Brownie McGhee 2:49
114 Reno Factory Marvin Foddrell 2:09
115 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down John Jackson 3:07
116 Honeysuckle Rose Warner Williams with Jay Summerour 2:05
117 Bill Bailey Big Bill Broonzy 1:55
118 When the Roses Bloom Again Bill Williams 2:05
119 Straighten Up and Fly Right Peg Leg Sam 3:14
120 Careless Love Snooks Eaglin 2:33
121 They Cut Down the Old Pine Tree Martin, Bogan, and Armstrong 2:20
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