John A. Lomax, Jr. Sings American Folksongs

John A. Lomax, Jr. Sings American Folksongs

John Lomax, Jr. FW03508 / FG 3508

Singing unaccompanied, John A. Lomax Jr., the son of John Avery Lomax, the pioneering musicologist and folklorist, performs an eclectic collection of American folk songs, some pre-dating the Civil War. He learned the country lullaby “All the Baby Chickens in the Garden,” on his father’s knee, and the blues holler, “I’m All Out and Down,” from Lead Belly after the iconic folk and blues musician had left the Angola penitentiary. Also included are work songs, a children’s ballad, courting song, play-party song, and more.

There is a personal story behind every track. Lomax Jr. understood the historical importance of a song, and was keen to save aspects of American life from oblivion. Thus the lives of the cotton picker, the cowboy, and the buffalo skinner live on in this 1956 recording.

Year Released 1956
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1956 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Folk
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Subject(s) Animals; Ballads; Blues; Complaint; Courtship; Cowboys--Songs and music; Crime; Folk songs--United States; Folksong revival; Love songs; Lullabies; Marriage; Music--Juvenile; Occupational; Play-party; Prison songs; Railroads; Tragic songs; Wit and humor; Work songs

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101 The Texian Boys John Lomax, Jr. 1:54
102 I'm All Out and Down John Lomax, Jr. 2:24
103 The Midnight Special John Lomax, Jr. 3:13
104 All the Baby Chickens in the Garden John Lomax, Jr. 2:52
105 The Cocaine Song John Lomax, Jr. 2:01
106 The Factory Girl John Lomax, Jr. 1:32
107 St. James Infirmary John Lomax, Jr. 2:43
108 Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo, Get Along Little Dogies John Lomax, Jr. 3:23
109 Tee Roo, Farmer's Curst Wife John Lomax, Jr. 2:20
201 Long John John Lomax, Jr. 2:29
202 The Tin Maker Man John Lomax, Jr. 0:27
203 Buffalo Skinners John Lomax, Jr. 3:38
204 Louisiana Girls John Lomax, Jr. 1:39
205 Hay Making Song John Lomax, Jr. 1:33
206 Long Time Ago John Lomax, Jr. 1:37
207 John Henry John Lomax, Jr. 4:27
208 Rye Whiskey (Jack of Diamonds) John Lomax, Jr. 2:18
209 Pick a Bale of Cotton John Lomax, Jr. 1:30
210 The Gal I Left Behind John Lomax, Jr. 1:34
211 Good Bye Old Paint John Lomax, Jr. 2:07
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