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Dear Supporter,

Raised in a large, musical farm family in Rappahannock County, Virginia, John Jackson (19242002) was the most important black Appalachian musician to come to broad public attention during the mid-1960s.

Smithsonian Folkways is proud to present Rappahannock Blues, a new collection of previously unreleased live recordings by John Jackson mostly made at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Rappahannock Blues by John Jackson
Smithsonian Folkways Magazine: Summer 2010 featuring Grassroots Music from the United States Smithsonian Folkways Magazine:
Summer 2010 featuring Grassroots Music from the United States

The summer issue of Smithsonian Folkways Magazine features an in-depth look at blues music from the Appalachian region, including a spotlight on the career of John Jackson. Also featured:

Smithsonian Folkways Magazine is an online-only, multimedia publication of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

Two Free Smithsonian Folkways Concerts in Washington, D.C.

As part of the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Folkways will present two FREE evening concerts on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Click here for more information.

Bernice Johnson Reagon
Other Smithsonian Folkways Festival Events

In addition to the two free concerts, visitors to the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival can purchase discounted Smithsonian Folkways recordings at the Festival Marketplace and interact with Smithsonian Folkways producers at the Smithsonian Inside Out program all day:

  • Sunday, June 27th — Children's activity
  • Thursday, July 1st — American folk music
  • Sunday, July 4th — International music
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Smithsonian Folkways Trivia!
Each month we'll ask a trivia question; email your answer, name, and address with the subject "June Trivia" to by June 30th, and a randomly selected entrant with the correct answer will win a free CD of his or her choice!

June 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?

Congratulations to last month's winner, Kathy, from Edmonton, who correctly answered "Mele" to this question: This style of chanting, performed solo or in groups with instruments, is practiced in Hawai'i as a means of remembering history and recording daily life. What is it called?
New Releases
Rappahannock Blues by John Jackson Rappahannock Blues
John Jackson
Music of Central Asia Vol. 8: Rainbow Music of Central Asia Vol. 8: Rainbow

Essential Pick
Pioneering Women of Bluegrass by Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard
Pioneering Women of Bluegrass
Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard

Featured Videos
Video: Hazel Dickens performs ''West Virginia, My Home'' Hazel Dickens
Video: Bernice Johnson Reagon Bernice Johnson Reagon
News and Notes
  • On July 27th, Smithsonian Folkways will release Classic Sounds of New Orleans from Smithsonian Folkways, the 19th volume of the Classic Series.
  • On August 3rd, Smithsonian Folkways will release Rising Sun Melodies by Ola Belle Reed, featuring the complete Folkways studio recordings plus previously unreleased live performances from this influential country/bluegrass songwriter.
Smithsonian Folkways is a nonprofit endeavor, and CD and digital download purchases sustain both the mission and the music. Liner notes are available as free downloads. Thank you for your support.

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