American Moonshine and Prohibition Songs

The New Lost City Ramblers FW05263 / FH 5263

Longtime Folkways recording artists The New Lost City Ramblers perform 17 period songs about liquor, bootlegging, and Prohibition (1917–1933) in the traditional style of southern mountain string bands. As Rambler member Mike Seeger observes in the liner notes, many of the songs appear to have been written by people who knew drink well and were familiar with its effects. Several of the songs consist of new lyrics commemorating the virtues or evils of alcohol set to familiar melodies of the time. Rambler member John Cohen also contributed to the liner notes, which include an informal history of prohibition in America as well as song lyrics and photos.

Year Released 1962
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1962 Folkways Records

Genre(s) American Folk; Historical Song; Old Time
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Instrument(s) Banjo; Guitar
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Folk songs--United States; United States History; World history
Credits

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101 Virginia Bootlegger The New Lost City Ramblers 3:02
102 Kentucky Bootlegger The New Lost City Ramblers 2:09
103 Bootlegger's Story The New Lost City Ramblers 2:42
104 The Drunken Driver The New Lost City Ramblers 2:25
105 Moonshiner The New Lost City Ramblers 3:10
106 Drunkard's Hiccups The New Lost City Ramblers 3:13
107 I Saw a Man at the Close of Day The New Lost City Ramblers 3:10
108 Goodbye Old Booze The New Lost City Ramblers 3:04
201 Prohibition is a Failure The New Lost City Ramblers 3:01
202 The Old Home Brew The New Lost City Ramblers 2:27
203 I've Still Got 99 The New Lost City Ramblers 3:20
204 Whiskey Seller The New Lost City Ramblers 2:22
205 The Teetotals The New Lost City Ramblers 1:02
206 Al Smith for President The New Lost City Ramblers 3:15
207 Intoxicated Rat The New Lost City Ramblers 2:55
208 Wreck on the Highway The New Lost City Ramblers 2:52
209 Down to the Stillhouse to Get a Litter Cider The New Lost City Ramblers 1:44
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