Classic Mountain Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

Classic Mountain Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

Various Artists SFW40094

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.

Year Released 2002
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2002 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) American Folk; Old Time
Country(s) United States
Instrument(s) Autoharp; Banjo; Bass; Fiddle; Guitar; Harmonica; Mandolin; Vocals
Language(s) English

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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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