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Take a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Smithsonian Folkways with
Mickey Hart

We recently announced The Mickey Hart Collection, 25 albums performed, recorded, and/or co-produced by the Grateful Dead drummer. We also produced a new promotional video narrated by Hart—please share with your friends!

As a thank-you for your ongoing support of Smithsonian Folkways’ nonprofit mission, please enjoy these exclusive subscriber discounts:

Enter code SFTOUR11 and save 15% off your next retail order of CDs or album downloads through November 30th.


Enter code SFSHIP11 and receive free standard shipping (U.S. only) on orders of $50 or more through November 30th.

P.S. You can still get 10 free downloads from The Mickey Hart Collection for a limited time.


Take a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Smithsonian Folkways with Mickey Hart

2011 Holiday Gift Guide

The Smithsonian Folkways catalogue features nearly 3,000 albums - here are a few recommendations for your gift-buying lists. Click on any of the album covers to hear samples.

Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology


JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology
Various Artists

This “jazz appreciation course in a box” is perfect for jazz enthusiasts and new listeners alike.

The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1-4 by Woody Guthrie


The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1-4
Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was an advocate for the common man through his songs, which are as relevant today as they have ever been.

Solo in Rio 1959 by Luiz Bonfá


Solo in Rio 1959
Luiz Bonfá

Brazilian bossa nova guitar virtuoso—a perennial staff favorite.

Music of Central Asia Vol. 8: Rainbow by Kronos Quartet with Alim & Fargana Qasimov and Homayun Sakhi


Music of Central Asia Vol. 8: Rainbow
Kronos Quartet with Alim & Fargana Qasimov and Homayun Sakhi

Cross-cultural collaboration between Kronos Quartet and musicians from Afghanistan and Azerbaijan (CD/DVD).

Two albums of Civil War songs for history buffs!

A Treasury of Civil War Songs Sung by Tom Glazer


A Treasury of Civil War Songs Sung by Tom Glazer
Tom Glazer

Collection of rousing songs inspired by the events of the American Civil War (1861-1865).

Civil War Naval Songs by Dan Milner, David Coffin, Jeff Davis


Civil War Naval Songs
Dan Milner, David Coffin, Jeff Davis

Thirteen authentic maritime songs from the era of the American Civil War (1861-65) intone the story of war on the water.

If you need a gift for a child or new parent or grandparent, consider one of our recent children’s music releases:

Sunny Day by Elizabeth Mitchell


Sunny Day
Elizabeth Mitchell

The latest release from what NPR calls “a kindie rock star.”

A Life of Song by Ella Jenkins


A Life of Song
Ella Jenkins

Ella Jenkins looks back on her 60-year career as the “first lady in children’s music.”

Golden Kids Rules by Chip Taylor & The Grandkids


Golden Kids Rules
Chip Taylor & The Grandkids

“Wild Thing” Chip Taylor’s original songs about kids with “Big Ideas.”

Go Waggaloo by Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family


Go Waggaloo
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family

The Folkways family tradition continues with Sarah Lee Guthrie recording songs by her grandfather Woody.

Smithsonian Folkways Trivia!

Each month we’ll ask a trivia question; email your answer, name, and address with the subject "November Trivia" to by November 30, 2011, and a randomly selected entrant with the correct answer will win a free CD of his or her choice!

November Question: Smithsonian Folklife Festival co-founder and Smithsonian Folkways producer Ralph Rinzler helped introduce what now-legendary country musician to the world after meeting him as an electric-guitar-playing sideman in 1960?

Congratulations to last month's winner, Paul from Climax, Michigan, who correctly answered “Apocalypse Now” to the question: “Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart collaborated with director Francis Ford Coppola on the soundtrack for what 1979 film?”

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