Broadside Ballads, Vol. 9: Sundown

Broadside Ballads, Vol. 9: Sundown

Sis Cunningham FW05319 / FH 5319 / FD 5319

Singer-songwriter, political activist, and Broadside magazine editor Agnes "Sis" Cunningham (1909–2004) offers a collection of Americana folk ballads highlighting the hardships of Midwesterners during the Great Depression and subsequent Dust Bowl of the 1930s. This recording is the only known solo album by Cunningham. Many of the songs were written by Cunningham, including several collaborations with fellow folk performer and Broadside artist Mark Cohen. Traditional folk songs, "In the Merry Month of May" (featuring Cohen on guitar), "Wild Ripping Waters," and "Jay Gould’s Daughter" are included in this set. "Great Dust Storm," written by Woody Guthrie, closes the recording. Song lyrics are provided in the liner notes.

Year Released 1976
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1976 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Folk; Struggle & Protest
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Instrument(s) Guitar; Harmonica; Vocals
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Folk songs--United States; Folksong revival; Protest songs

Download Liner Notes

101 Sundown Sis Cunningham 5:55
102 How Can You Keep on Movin' Sis Cunningham 3:34
103 Evicted Tenant Sis Cunningham 3:05
104 Oil Derrick by West Tulsa Sis Cunningham 4:31
105 Mister Congressman Sis Cunningham 3:15
106 No More Store Bought Teeth Sis Cunningham 1:15
107 Strange Things Happenin' Sis Cunningham 2:16
108 In the Merry Month of May Sis Cunningham 3:48
201 Wild Rippling Waters Sis Cunningham 4:02
202 My Oklahoma Home Sis Cunningham 4:40
203 Jay Gould's Daughter Sis Cunningham 3:37
204 Send Word to the Pilot Sis Cunningham 3:35
205 Fayette County Sis Cunningham 3:40
206 But If I Ask Them Sis Cunningham 5:01
207 Great Dust Storm Sis Cunningham 3:45
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