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Classic Old-Time Music from Smithsonian Folkways

Various Artists
Classic Old-Time Music from Smithsonian Folkways

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.

Track Listing

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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