Classic Banjo from Smithsonian Folkways

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The banjo is a “bigger than life” instrument, a symbol of deep southern American heritage. At the same time, beneath its veneer of old-time icon, the story of the banjo is one of enormous creativity and adaptation to many musical traditions around the world - from Africa, to the Caribbean, to North America, to Europe, and beyond. In Classic Banjo from Smithsonian Folkways, banjo connoisseurs Greg Adams and Jeff Place cull 30 gems of banjo artistry from more than 300 albums in the Folkways collections, offering a gateway into the deep and varied veins of banjo history. 64 minutes, 44-page booklet with extensive notes and photos.

This is the 22nd 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 2013
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2013 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) American Folk; Bluegrass; Country; Old Time
Country(s) Ireland; United States
Instrument(s) Accordion; Banjo; Bass; Clarinet; Drums; Dulcimer; Fiddle; Guitar; Mandolin; Piano; Trumpet; Uilleann pipes; Vocals
Language(s) English

Download Liner Notes

101 Fly Around My Blue-Eyed Girl / Cripple Creek / Ida Red / Old Joe Clark Pete Seeger 2:38
102 Banging Breakdown Hobart Smith 1:21
103 Johnson Boys Frank Proffitt 1:44
104 Peachbottom Creek Wade Ward 1:27
105 Coo Coo Dink Roberts 2:14
106 Josh Thomas’s Roustabout Mike Seeger 2:40
107 Jaw Bone Willie Chapman 0:55
108 Bright Sunny South Dock Boggs 3:40
109 Coal Creek March Pete Steele 1:55
110 Mississippi Heavy Water Blues Josh Thomas 3:40
111 Walk Light Ladies Rufus Crisp 1:32
112 Buck Creek Girls Bill Cornett 1:03
113 Gut Bucket Blues Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders 4:18
114 Skylark / Roaring Mary Mick Moloney 3:27
115 St. Anne’s Reel / La Renfleuse Gorbeil Ken Perlman 2:52
116 Smokey Mokes Roger Sprung 2:23
117 Golden Bell Polka A.L. Camp 2:29
118 Banjoland Tony Trischka with Bill Evans 3:03
119 Sally Ann Snuffy Jenkins 1:13
120 Lonesome Road Blues Roni Stoneman 1:15
121 Fox Chase Lee Sexton 0:59
122 Hop Along Lou John Tyree 1:12
123 Cotton Eyed Joe “Big Sweet” Lewis Hairston 1:27
124 Foggy Mountain Top Ola Belle Reed 2:32
125 Rambling Hobo Doc Watson 1:39
126 Old Rattler John Snipes 2:50
127 Georgia Buck Elizabeth Cotten 1:45
128 I Wish to the Lord I’d Never Been Born Irvin Cook 3:10
129 Black Eye Susie Roscoe Holcomb 1:28
130 Bluegrass Breakdown Bill Keith with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys 3:09
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