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Sweet Nebraska Land

Sweet Nebraska Land

Native Nebraskan Roger Welsch, a professor of German and folklore at Nebraska Wesleyan University, is the author of “A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore,” containing materials collected by the WPA in Nebraska during the Great Depression. From those he selected many of the songs on this recording. Reflecting Nebraska's history and heritage, he has grouped the songs under five headings: The Crossers, The Settlers, Immigrants, War, and Hard Times.

Mr. Welsch accompanies himself on the 12–string guitar, banjo, and autoharp, while being assisted by Terry Schmitt on vocals and 6–string guitar. The recording was produced by KFMQ, Lincoln, Nebraska, “as a tribute to the Nebraska Centennial Celebration.”

Liner notes provide detailed historical background for each song as well as the lyrics.

Track Listing

101
Whoa, Haw, Buck and Jerry Boy Roger Welsch 1:30
102
Sweet Betsy from Pike Roger Welsch 2:55
103
Sioux Indians Roger Welsch 3:23
104
Cole Younger Roger Welsch 4:08
105
Goodbye, Old Paint Roger Welsch 5:13
106
The Horse Wrangler Roger Welsch 3:10
107
Little Old Sod Shanty Roger Welsch 3:20
108
Sweet Nebraska Land Roger Welsch 2:00
201
Schön Schätzlein, Was Hab' Ich Erfahren? Roger Welsch 4:28
202
Just Before the Battle, Mother Roger Welsch 5:17
203
Hard, Hard Times Roger Welsch 3:32
204
Dear Prairie Home Roger Welsch 4:00
205
The Patches on My Pants Roger Welsch 1:30
206
The Farmer is the Man Roger Welsch 2:07
207
Stay on the Farm, Boys Roger Welsch 3:31

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