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Smithsonian Folkways
Smithsonian Folkways

Dear Supporter,

Smithsonian Folkways presents two new albums that highlight distinctive contributions to American music. The first, Classic Sounds of New Orleans, lets listeners experience the many musical styles and venues of "The Big Easy," from street parades to nightclubs, and church houses to dance halls.

The second, Rising Sun Melodies by bluegrass trailblazer Ola Belle Reed, compiles the songwriter's most enduring compositions—many now considered standards—and previously unreleased live performances.

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    Enter code SFSUMMER2010 and save 20% off retail price on CD or album downloads of these two albums.


  • Free Downloads
    — "We Shall Walk through the Streets of the City" (Dirge and March) by Doc Paulin
    — "Look Down That Lonesome Road" by Ola Belle Reed
Classic Sounds of New Orleans

Rising Sun Melodies by Ola Belle Reed
Sunny Day by Elizabeth Mitchell

New Video by Elizabeth Mitchell
New Video and Free Download from Elizabeth Mitchell

On October 5th, Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower will release Sunny Day, a new album of handmade music for folks of all ages. Stay tuned for more information about this album, but in the meantime enjoy this sneak peek:


Folkways Featured on Smithsonian Channel "Inside the Music"

Smithsonian Channel will feature several Smithsonian Folkways-related programs in August as part of "Inside the Music", a celebration of the unsung visionaries and change-makers of modern music. Click on each program for a broadcast schedule:

Folkways Featured on Smithsonian Channel ''Inside the Music''
Smithsonian Folkways Trivia!
Each month we'll ask a trivia question; email your answer, name, and address with the subject "July Trivia" to SmithsonianFolkways@si.edu by July 31st, and a randomly selected entrant with the correct answer will win a free CD of his or her choice!

July Question: Which artist scored a country music hit in 1992 with his version of Ola Belle Reed's "High on the Mountain"?

Congratulations to last month's winner, Irene, from Santa Rosa, CA, who correctly answered "Gravedigger and Cemetery Caretaker" to this question: Acoustic bluesman John Jackson earned international acclaim, but he always retained day-jobs throughout his career. What was one of his more notable jobs?
New Release
Rappahannock Blues by John Jackson
Rappahannock Blues
John Jackson

Essential Picks
You Are My Little Bird by Elizabeth Mitchell You Are My Little Bird
Elizabeth Mitchell
Si, soy llanero: Joropo Music from the Orinoco Plains of Colombia by Grupo Cimarron Sí, soy llanero
Grupo Cimarrón

Featured Videos
Video: National Anthem by Pete Seeger National Anthem by Pete Seeger
Doc Watson's ''Deep River Blues'' Doc Watson's "Deep River Blues"
News and Notes
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