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American Folk Ballads

American Folk Ballads

“From the wild-flower dusks of mountain twilights, out of steamy southern mud-flats and dusty midland prairies, off the sun-silver steel of cinder-blown railroad tracks and out of the chill damps of prison cells - from churches and saloons, cradles and gravesides come the songs of America that must be sung.”
—Logan English, 1962 (Liner notes to American Folk Ballads)

Growing up the son of preacher in rural Kentucky, Logan English learned the classic American folk songs he later recorded in New York while also pursuing an acting career. In 1960, English performed with Carolyn Hester for the opening night at Gerde’s Folk City and later helped Bob Dylan secure his first performance at the legendary Greenwich Village club.

In American Folk Ballads, the songs range from sea shanties such as “Shenandoah” to children’s songs such as “Little Brown Dog”. The liner notes, written by English, include a short description or story to accompany each ballad. In addition to this album, English recorded Kentucky Folk Songs, Songs of the Gold Rush, and Woody Guthrie's Children's Songs for Folkways Records.

Track Listing

101
Roll On Columbia Logan English 2:24
102
The Dewy Dens of Yarrow Logan English 2:44
103
Muleskinner Blues Logan English 2:52
104
Red Clay Country Logan English 2:27
105
Buck-Eye Jim Logan English 2:14
106
Shenandoah Logan English 2:45
107
The Talking Fishing Blues Logan English 3:02
201
The Dance Set Logan English 3:17
202
Little Brown Dog Logan English 2:22
203
In the Jailhouse Now Logan English 2:49
204
The Kentucky Mooshiner Logan English 1:29
205
My Last Dollar is Gone Logan English 2:26
206
Pretty Saro Logan English 2:11
207
Mole in the Ground Logan English 1:39
208
King's Highway Logan English 1:42

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