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Classic Mountain Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

Various Artists
Classic Mountain Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

Riding the wave of the renewed interest in traditional American music, Classic Mountain Songs From Smithsonian Folkways Recordings showcases a handful of the greatest mountain ballads as performed by some of the most influential folk singers and songwriters of the 20th century. This collection features many classic performances from a wide variety of regional instrumental and song styles. These diverse styles and songs from the mountain communities of North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee include old-time fiddle and banjo pieces, early bluegrass, and traditional ballads, with a special emphasis on Appalachian vocal traditions. Doc and Merle Watson, Roscoe Holcomb, Clarence Ashley, and Dock Boggs are just a few of the revered roots artists who appear on this stellar compilation. This album is essential for both old and new fans of American mountain music. Compiled and annotated by Jeff Place.

Track Listing

101
Omie Wise Doug Wallin 3:06
102
Sugar Baby Dock Boggs 2:53
103
I am a poor pilgrim of sorrow Old Regular Baptists 5:27
104
Sixteen Tons George Davis 3:07
105
John Henry Lesley Riddle 2:27
106
Lost Indian Marion Sumner 0:55
107
Southbound Doc and Merle Watson 2:42
108
High on a Mountain Ola Belle Reed 3:05
109
Coal Creek March Pete Steele 1:27
110
Coal Miner's Blues Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard 2:45
111
Railroad Blues Sam McGee 2:48
112
Cuckoo Bird Clarence Ashley 2:36
113
Conversation with Death (Oh Death) Berzilla Wallin 5:07
114
Lone Prairie Wade Ward 0:56
115
Rain and Snow Dillard Chandler 2:26
116
I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground Bascom Lamar Lunsford 3:22
117
Moonshiner Roscoe Holcomb 2:02
118
Wildwood Flower Kilby Snow 1:27
119
Barbry Ellen (Barbara Allen) Jean Ritchie 5:04
120
Daniel Prayed Doc Watson, Fred Price and Clint Howard 2:57
121
Wreck of the Number Nine Ernest V. Stoneman 2:51
122
Red Jacket Mine Explosion The Phipps Family 4:02
123
Kingdom Come Norman Edmonds 2:06
124
Amazing Grace Horton Barker 4:16

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