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Various Artists: American Roots Music [Box Set] [Bonus Tracks] [Digipak]

Track List

>Crazy Blues - Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds
>Rambler Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson
>Levee Camp Moan Blues - Texas Alexander
>Bull Doze Blues - Henry Thomas
>Too Tight Blues No. 2 - Blind Blake
>Big Road Blues - Tommy Johnson
>Walk Right In - Cannon's Jug Stompers
>Pony Blues - Charlie Patton
>Dirty No-Gooder's Blues - Bessie Smith
>Girl I Love, She Got Long Curly Hair, The - Sleepy John Estes
>Travelin' Blues - Blind Willie McTell
>Got the Blues Can't Be Satisfied - Mississippi John Hurt
>Walkin' Blues - Son House
>Vicksburg Blues - Little Brother Montgomery
>I'm So Glad - Skip James
>Milk Cow Blues - Kokomo Arnold
>When the Sun Goes Down - Leroy Carr
>I Want You to Know - Bo Carter
>Back Door Blues - Casey Bill Weldon
>C&A Blues - Big Bill Broonzy
>Good Morning Little School Girl - Sonny Boy Williamson I
>Mr. Johnson Swing - Lonnie Johnson
>Romance in the Dark - Lil Green
>Bedroom Blues - Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings/Sippie Wallace
>Kid Man Blues - Memphis Minnie
>Arkansas Traveler - Henry C. Grilland
>Darling Cora - B.F. Shelton
>Don't Let Your Deal Go Down - North Carolina Ramblers/Charlie Poole
>Worthy of Estimation - Uncle Dave Macon
>Dance All Night With a Bottle in Your Hand - Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers/Riley Puckett
>Wildwood Flower - The Carter Family
>Blue Yodel - Jimmie Rodgers
>K.C. Blues - Frank Hutchison
>Blue Railroad Train - The Delmore Brothers
>I Wanna Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart - Patsy Montana/The Prairie Ramblers
>Somebody's Been Using That Thing - Milton Brown & His Brownies
>Banjo Pickin' Girl - Coon Creek Girls
>Peacock Rag - Fiddlin' Arthur Smith & His Dixieliners
>Cool Water - The Sons of the Pioneers
>Mule Skinner Blues - Bill Monroe
>Time Changes Everything - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
>I Ain't Goin' Honkey Tonkin' anymore - Ernest Tubb
>Fireball Mail - Roy Acuff
>1942 Turkey in the Straw - Carson J. Robison
>Ruby - Cousin Emmy
>Little Glass of Wine - Stanley Brothers & the Clinch Mountain Boys
>Tramp on the Street - Molly O'Day
>Guitar Blues - Chet Atkins/Chester Atkins & the All-Star Hillbillies
>George's Playhouse - The Maddox Brothers & Rose
>I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams
>Jesus Hits Like an Atom Bomb - Johnnie & Jack
>House Carpenter, The - Clarence Ashley
>Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground - Blind Willie Johnson
>Old Gray Horse, The - Obed Pickard
>Sur le Borde de L'Eau - Blind Uncle Gaspard
>Quill Blues - Big Boy Cleveland
>Religion Is a Fortune - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
>Two White Horses in a Line - The Two Poor Boys
>Indian War Whoop - Floyd Ming's Pep Steppers
>Shake Mother's Hand for Me - Golden Eagle Gospel Singers
>Down in the Willow Garden - Texas Gladden/Hobart Smith
>Glory in the Meetinghouse - Luther Strong
>Another Man Done Gone - Vera Hall
>Rock Island Line - Kelly Pace/Charlie Porter
>Goodnight Irene - Lead Belly
>Mullingar Lee/The Star of Munster, The - Hugh Gillespie
>Blues de Basile - Denus McGee/Amédé Ardoin
>Kozak Zawydija - Ukrainska Orchestra Pawla Humeniuk
>Chicharronera Polka - Narciso Martínez/Santiago Almeida
>Nedem Geldem Amerikaya (When I Came to America) - Achilleas Poulos
>Mal Hombre - Lydia Mendoza
>Poor Wayfaring Stranger - Burl Ives
>Song for John Doe - Peter Seeger/Almanac Singers
>Pretty Boy Floyd - Woody Guthrie
>Uncle Sam Says - Josh White
>I Want Two Wings - Elder Utah Smith
>Dark as a Dungeon - Merle Travis
>Hammer Song, The - Paul Robeson

Album Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly (11/16/01, p.136) - "...A stripped-to-the-bone, primer to some of the most vital music of the 20th century..." - Rating: B+

Down Beat (May 2002, p.58) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...An impressive collection, telling America's story quite accurately via context and song..."

Mojo (Publisher) (7/02, p.117) - "...Features most of the genres key players and seminal songs...plus some archival rarities and some new traditionalist songs..."

Album Notes

Several performances have been newly recorded for the AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC series. Also includes a 56-page booklet with photos, an American Roots Music "timeline" as well as extensive track-by-track annotation.

Compilation producers: Jim Brown, Sarah Cullen, Jeff Rosen, Richard Bauer.

Includes liner notes by Robert Santelli plus song annotations by Robert Santelli, Charles Wolfe, Holly George-Warren, Alwxander Ewen, Manuel Pena and John Swenson.

Digitally remastered by Alan Silverman (Arf Digital).

Liner Note Author: Mark Humphrey.

The successes of the breakthrough soundtrack from the film O Brother Where Art Thou? and the in-depth PBS television series Ken Burns' Jazz seem to have combined in the 2001 production of Palm Pictures' four-part TV series American Roots Music. The series touches on the development of the distinctly American styles of traditional folk, country, blues, gospel, Western swing, bluegrass, cajun, zydeco, Tejano, and Native American music. Corresponding with the television event, Palm has released a four-CD box set soundtrack with a 48-page booklet covering the styles covered during the show. Much like a broadened version of the amazing Washington Square Memoirs: The Great Urban Folk Boom, 1950-1970 CD set, American Roots Music has pulled together an impressive list of performers, including the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe, B.B. King, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, Son House, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, the Staple Singers, Clifton Chenier, Flaco Jimenez, and Bob Dylan. The depth of the track selection is impressive, as is the breadth of the performers chosen. The producers have chosen to include some studio recordings, and some audio tracks taken from the film archives, making for a somewhat uneven sound quality. While the previously unreleased nature of these select tracks will appeal to collectors and die-hard fans, those just exploring these styles might be turned off by the rough quality of these performances. The discs span more than eight decades of music, acting as a good overview of these genres for new listeners, while Americana enthusiasts will view it as another great collection of the most influential American roots artists in music history. ~ Zac Johnson


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