Classic Old-Time Music from Smithsonian Folkways

Classic Old-Time Music from Smithsonian Folkways

Various Artists SFW40093

This collection of old-time social and instrumental string-band music spotlights instrumental prowess. Old-time music features playing styles that pre-date bluegrass, emerging from the string band tradition stretching back to the early years of United States history. Both African-American and Anglo-American ingredients are at its core, the banjo having African origins, the fiddle European. Some of the most revered sources of old-time roots music—Dock Boggs, Roscoe Holcomb, Wade Ward, Tommy Jarrell, and more—are heard playing in their original styles. The Grateful Dead's cover of "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down" and Bob Dylan's rendition of Clarence Ashley's "Little Sadie" clearly attest to the continuing influence of these songs. Compiled and annotated by Jeff Place.

Year Released 2003
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2003 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) American Folk; Old Time
Country(s) United States
Instrument(s) Autoharp; Banjo; Banjo-guitar; Bass; Dulcimer; Fiddle; Guitar; Vocals
Language(s) English

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101 Sugar Hill The Iron Mountain String Band 3:35
102 Bill Morgan and His Gal (My Name is Morgan But It Ain't J.P.) The New Lost City Ramblers 2:57
103 Country Blues Dock Boggs 3:52
104 Little Sadie Clarence Ashley 2:20
105 Susannah Gal (Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss) Frank Bode and Tommy Jarrell 2:59
106 Wednesday Night Waltz Clark Kessinger 3:07
107 Cyclone of Rye Cove The New Lost City Ramblers 3:05
108 I'm Leaving You This Lonesome Song Maybelle Carter and Sara Carter Bayes 2:37
109 Carroll County Blues Doc Watson and Fred Price 1:42
110 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Sam and Kirk McGee 3:03
111 Trouble in Mind Roscoe Holcomb 2:18
112 Chilly Winds Wade Ward 1:08
113 Going Down the Road Feeling Bad David, Bill and Billie Ray Johnson 2:25
114 Pretty Polly Lee Sexton 2:13
115 Bonaparte's Retreat Mike Seeger 1:29
116 Concord Rag J. E. Mainer's Mountaineers 2:15
117 John Henry George Pegram 2:18
118 Bowling Green Cousin Emmy with The New Lost City Ramblers 1:49
119 Fine Times in Our House John W. Summers 3:12
120 Streets of Glory (Welcome Table) Old Reliable String Band 2:10
121 Policeman (This Mornin', this Evenin', so Soon) The Spare Change Boys 2:53
122 Love Somebody (Soldier's Joy) Joe and Tommy Thompson 2:15
123 House of David Blues Red Clay Ramblers with Al McCanless 1:27
124 Ship in the Clouds Andy Cahan, Lisa Ornstein and Laura Fishleder 1:46
125 Late Last Night Sam and Kirk McGee 2:26
126 Look Down That Lonesome Road Gaither Carlton 2:07
127 Down Yonder Gordon Tanner, Joe Miller, and John Patterson 2:38
128 Jaybird March Etta Baker and Cora Phillips 1:51
129 John Brown's Dream The New Lost City Ramblers 1:35
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