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Author Topic: Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways  (Read 1839 times)

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Offline uncle bud

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Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways
« on: February 17, 2010, 02:02:10 PM »
Speaking of E.C. Ball, there's a track on a new release from Smithsonian Folkways, Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways. It's a compilation that looks like it features some material not currently available elsewhere taken from Asch and Folkways recordings, and live recordings from the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife. More info and a free download of Baby Tate doing See What You Done Done (sounds like an alt take from the session done by Sam Charters) on the SF website at http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=3249


Tracklist

My Baby's Gone     Sticks McGhee     3:45     
Louise Blues    Big Chief Ellis with Cephas and Wiggins    5:14    
Sitting on Top of the World    Doc Watson    2:58    
Railroad Bill    John Jackson    3:34    
Don't Let Your Deal Go Down    Bill Williams    2:15    
You Don't Know My Mind    Pink Anderson    2:36    
Blues Around My Bed    J. C. Burris    2:54    
Hesitation Blues    Reverend Gary Davis    3:15    
Pawn Shop Blues    Brownie McGhee    3:01    
The Road is Rough and Rocky   Archie Edwards    3:23    
Hoodoo Blues    Carl Martin, Ted Bogan and Howard Armstrong    5:13    
Red River Blues    Lesley Riddle    2:04    
Walking Cane    Peg Leg Sam Jackson    2:31    
One Dime Blues    Etta Baker    3:43    
Mississippi Heavy Water Blues    Roscoe Holcomb    2:13    
Outskirts of Town    Josh White    3:03    
See What You Done Done    Baby Tate    2:32    
I Got a Woman    Marvin and Turner Foddrell    2:50    
Girl Dressed in Green    John Tinsley    1:56    
Blues in the Morning    E.C. Ball    3:37    
Wine Blues (Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee)    Sticks McGhee

Offline banjochris

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Re: Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2010, 05:53:05 PM »
Seems odd to leave Dock Boggs off a release like this.

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Re: Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2010, 06:18:20 PM »
When I looked at the track list, that didn't occur to me, but you are certainly right, Chris, especially when you consider that Folkways has virtually all of Dock's post-rediscovery recordings.  Looks like they forgot you can play Blues on the banjo.
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Offline Stumblin

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Re: Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2010, 01:40:25 AM »
That sounds like a fine compilation for an hour or so's listening pleasure. I might download the mp3 album for this weekend. Better check the bank balance first though  ::)
Thanks for the recommendation.

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Re: Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2010, 06:29:00 AM »
A compilation that starts out with Sticks McGhee is on a good vibe!


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Re: Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2010, 06:36:56 AM »
Perhaps the reason they leave Dock Boggs out is because they already have the double CD, His Folkways Years, and figure that stands on its own. But yeah, it looks like possible banjo prejudice as well. ;)

Offline banjochris

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Re: Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2010, 11:59:15 AM »
Ah well, the banjo always gets the short end. It does sound like a good compliation though.

Offline jtbrown

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Re: Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2010, 01:06:22 PM »
They seem to be using a rather idiosyncratic definition of "Appalachian."  (I know Reverend Gary Davis, Josh White, and the McGhee brothers were born there, but they also left while relatively young, and I'd hardly say Appalachian music was the dominant influence on their playing. In fact, I think "Pawn Shop Blues," "Wine Blues" and "Outskirts of Town" would be more at home on an anthology called Classic New York City Blues.)  It does look like a nice collection of songs, though.
« Last Edit: February 18, 2010, 01:10:35 PM by jtbrown »

Offline Stuart

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Re: Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2010, 08:14:28 AM »
I just went through the liner notes:

http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/smithsonian_folkways/SFW40198.pdf

Definitely worth reading.

Offline jostber

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Re: Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2010, 12:39:47 PM »
I just went through the liner notes:

http://media.smithsonianfolkways.org/liner_notes/smithsonian_folkways/SFW40198.pdf

Definitely worth reading.

This was good stuff, thanks for the link. I am going off to get this one.


Offline David Kaatz

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Re: Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2010, 12:50:31 PM »
Interesting notes.  Thanks for the link, Stu.

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