Pete Seeger Sings Lead Belly

Pete Seeger Sings Lead Belly

Pete Seeger FW31022 / FTS 31022

Iconic folk singer Pete Seeger describes the music of Lead Belly as "some of the best songs we'll ever know." On this 11-track recording, Seeger pays tribute to the legendary blues musician and 12-string guitar virtuoso he also called a friend. Performed live with both exuberance and deference, the selections on this recording present a small fraction of Lead Belly's extensive repertoire but include greats such as "Goodnight Irene," "Midnight Special," and "Alabama Bound." Sleeve notes written by Seeger include a biography of Lead Belly and recount the origins of their friendship, and what it was that made Lead Belly the artist he was.

Year Released 1968
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1968 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Folk; Blues
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Instrument(s) Guitar; Vocals
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Blues; Folk songs--United States; Folksong revival

Download Liner Notes

101 Midnight Special Pete Seeger 3:37
102 Stewball Pete Seeger 4:59
103 Pick a Bale of Cotton Pete Seeger 1:45
104 New York City Pete Seeger 2:08
105 Ha Ha This A-Way Pete Seeger 4:10
106 Bourgeois Blues Pete Seeger 2:49
201 Bring Me a Little Water, Silvy Pete Seeger 5:39
202 Alabama Bound Pete Seeger 2:24
203 Boll Weevil Pete Seeger 3:22
204 Black Girl (In the Pines) Pete Seeger 2:41
205 Irene (Goodnight Irene) Pete Seeger 3:35
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