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Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

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Called “The Mayor of MacDougal Street,” Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) was a leading figure in the Greenwich Village music scene for more than four decades. He epitomized the urban “folksinger”— apprenticing through immersion in the music revival’s New York City epicenter of Washington Square Park. Drawing from and developing a wide repertoire of songs, guitar techniques, and performing skills, he mentored younger musicians and songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Jack Hardy, Suzanne Vega, Christine Lavin, and many others. Down in Washington Square includes 16 never-before-released recordings coupled with tracks from the Smithsonian Folkways archive, spanning early live recordings made in 1958 (one year before his first Folkways album) to his final studio recordings in 2001, just months before his death. It paints a musical mosaic of Van Ronk’s artistry and expands his legacy, keeping alive the genius of a legendary performer who inspired audiences, musicians, and a major motion picture — Inside Llewyn Davis, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Three CD box set, 54 tracks, nearly three hours of music, 40-page booklet with extensive notes.

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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; Blues
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101 Duncan and Brady Dave Van Ronk 3:06
102 River Come Down (Bamboo) Dave Van Ronk 3:48
103 Spike Driver Blues Dave Van Ronk 3:15
104 John Henry Dave Van Ronk 2:29
105 Backwater Blues Dave Van Ronk 3:04
106 K.C. Moan Dave Van Ronk 3:03
107 Haul on the Bowline Dave Van Ronk 1:21
108 Just a Closer Walk with Thee Dave Van Ronk 3:03
109 Gambler’s Blues Dave Van Ronk 2:46
110 Sweet Substitute Dave Van Ronk 2:34
111 Bed Bug Blues Dave Van Ronk 2:48
112 Winin’ Boy Dave Van Ronk 2:40
113 Georgie and the IRT Dave Van Ronk 3:33
114 Betty and Dupree Dave Van Ronk 3:38
115 Come Back, Baby Dave Van Ronk 3:55
116 My Baby’s So Sweet Dave Van Ronk 2:36
117 Black Mountain Blues Dave Van Ronk 4:04
118 Yas-Yas-Yas Dave Van Ronk 2:06
201 Willie the Weeper Dave Van Ronk 2:51
202 Dink’s Song Dave Van Ronk 3:46
203 Santy Anno Dave Van Ronk 1:46
204 Leave Her, Johnny Dave Van Ronk 1:31
205 Tell Old Bill Dave Van Ronk 4:30
206 Careless Love Dave Van Ronk 2:58
207 Standing by My Window Dave Van Ronk 4:58
208 Please See My Grave Is Kept Clean Dave Van Ronk 2:58
209 Had More Money Dave Van Ronk 3:09
210 If You Leave Me, Pretty Mama Dave Van Ronk 3:09
211 Hesitation Blues Dave Van Ronk 2:35
212 In the Pines Dave Van Ronk 3:09
213 Oh, What a Beautiful City Dave Van Ronk 3:16
214 Mean Old Frisco Dave Van Ronk 2:57
215 Stackalee Dave Van Ronk 2:46
216 How Long Dave Van Ronk 3:52
217 Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down Dave Van Ronk 4:53
218 House of the Rising Sun Dave Van Ronk 6:10
301 Hootchie Kootchie Man Dave Van Ronk 3:15
302 Reckless Blues Dave Van Ronk 2:31
303 Trouble in Mind Dave Van Ronk 2:26
304 Oh Lord, Search My Heart Dave Van Ronk 3:57
305 God Bless the Child Dave Van Ronk 3:18
306 Losers Dave Van Ronk 3:18
307 Another Time and Place Dave Van Ronk 4:30
308 Garden State Stomp Dave Van Ronk 2:52
309 Motherless Children Dave Van Ronk 3:13
310 Don’t You Leave Me Here (I'm Alabama Bound) Dave Van Ronk 4:43
311 Spike Driver Blues Dave Van Ronk 6:50
312 Down South Blues Dave Van Ronk 5:12
313 St. James Infirmary (Gambler’s Blues) Dave Van Ronk 4:26
314 Ace in the Hole Dave Van Ronk 4:23
315 Going Down Slow Dave Van Ronk 3:29
316 Buckets of Rain Dave Van Ronk 3:55
317 Jelly Jelly Dave Van Ronk 3:03
318 Sometime (Whatcha Gonna Do) Dave Van Ronk 2:37
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