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Various Artists: Rural Blues: A Study of the Vocal and Instrumental Resources
Various Artists: Rural Blues: A Study of the Vocal and Instrumental Resources

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

Taken from unreleased recordings, previous Folkways releases, and early blues recordings, this two-disc set offers an introduction to the vocal styles, ornamentation, and instrumentation of...continue...
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Memphis Slim: Memphis Slim and the Real Boogie-Woogie
Memphis Slim: Memphis Slim and the Real Boogie-Woogie

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Memphis Slim

Peter Chatman Jr., aka Memphis Slim, stomps out a progressive boogie and blues on the piano. Self-taught in the honky-tonk juke joints of Tennessee, he...continue...
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Memphis Slim: Favorite Blues Singers
Memphis Slim: Favorite Blues Singers

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Memphis Slim

In the spoken introduction that opens this recording, Memphis Slim says, I'm doing something now that I've always wanted to do. This is my interpretation...continue...
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Various Artists: Friends of Old Time Music: The Folk Arrival 1961-1965
Various Artists: Friends of Old Time Music: The Folk Arrival 1961-1965

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

Founded in 1960 by Margot Mayo, Jean Ritchie, John Cohen, Ralph Rinzler, and Israel G. Young, the Friends of Old Time Music endeavored to bring...continue...
The Friends of Old Time Music concerts were an attempt to introduce '60s folkniks to the source, and the incredible three-CD FRIENDS OF OLD TIME MUSIC: THE FOLK ARRIVAL 1961-1965 picks up where Harry ...continue...
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Memphis Slim: Memphis Slim and the Honky-Tonk Sound
Memphis Slim: Memphis Slim and the Honky-Tonk Sound

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Memphis Slim
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Various Artists: Blues Rediscoveries
Various Artists: Blues Rediscoveries

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

During the folk revival of the 1950s and 60s, documentarians and aficionados searched for country blues singers whose music had previously only been known through...continue...
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Various Artists: Blues Roots/Chicago the 1930's
Various Artists: Blues Roots/Chicago the 1930's

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

As the Depression's early days brought Southern musicians to Northern cities, the Chicago blues scene absorbed and incorporated these new arrivals. Ensembles grew, the blues...continue...
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Various Artists: Blue Roots/ Mississippi
Various Artists: Blue Roots/ Mississippi

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

From the early blues of Son House, Willie Brown, and Charley Patton to the assertive music of the Depression, the Mississippi delta has produced songs...continue...
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Sonny Terry: Sonny Terry's Washboard Band
Sonny Terry: Sonny Terry's Washboard Band

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Tracks: Custard Pie Blues; Crazy Man Blues; Wine-Headed Woman; Sonny's Jump; Baby Changed the Lock on the Door; Diggin' My Potatoes; Woman Is Killing Me, The
Artists: Sonny Terry

Blind harmonica player and singer Sonny Terry recorded a few records during the 1930s and 1940s, but found wider fame in the folk revival of...continue...
Personnel: Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (vocals, harmonica)....continue...
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Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee: Preachin the Blues
Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee: Preachin the Blues

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee
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Sonny Terry: Sonny Terry's Harmonica and Vocal Solos
Sonny Terry: Sonny Terry's Harmonica and Vocal Solos

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Sonny Terry

As a youth in North Carolina, Sonny Terry—who lost his sight during his teen years—never imagined he'd eventually find fame as a musician on record,...continue...
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Dock Reed: Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 5: Spirituals
Dock Reed: Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol. 5: Spirituals

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Dock Reed
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Memphis Slim/Willie Dixon: Songs of Memphis Slim and Wee Willie Dixon
Memphis Slim/Willie Dixon: Songs of Memphis Slim and Wee Willie Dixon

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Memphis Slim/Willie Dixon

This album features big-voiced blues pianist and singer Memphis Slim and legendary bassist Willie Dixon, who is credited with having helped create the Chicago blues...continue...
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Memphis Slim: Chicago Blues: Boogie Woogie and Blues
Memphis Slim: Chicago Blues: Boogie Woogie and Blues

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Memphis Slim
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Various Artists: Piano Blues [Smithsonian]
Various Artists: Piano Blues [Smithsonian]

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

Everybody had their own style, Jelly Roll Morton said of blues and jazz piano players. This collection explores the music of famous and less well-known...continue...
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Various Artists: Unfortunate Rake
Various Artists: Unfortunate Rake

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

The story is basically this: a soldier is dying, evidently of venereal disease he contracted from a young woman, and he requests a funeral. Hear...continue...
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Various Artists: The Country Blues, Vol. 2 [RBF]
Various Artists: The Country Blues, Vol. 2 [RBF]

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

This second volume continues Folkways' The Country Blues (FW00RF1) and is the result of efforts in the early 1960s to find singers who were previously...continue...
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Various Artists: Jazz, Vol. 10: Boogie Woogie, Jump, & Kansas City
Various Artists: Jazz, Vol. 10: Boogie Woogie, Jump, & Kansas City

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

There is no single kind of music that led to the creation of jazz. Instead, the genre evolved, and continues to evolve, from diverse musical...continue...
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Joseph Spence: Music of the Bahamas, Vol. 3
Joseph Spence: Music of the Bahamas, Vol. 3

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Joseph Spence
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Various Artists: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 2 - 1939-1945
Various Artists: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 2 - 1939-1945

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

Folkways Records head Moses Asch looked back on his early years running the Asch and Disc Records labels in the late 1930s and `40s on two double-LP sets, The Asch Recordings,Vol. 1 - 1939-1947: Blues...continue...
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Various Artists: The Blues: Music from the Film By Sam Charters
Various Artists: The Blues: Music from the Film By Sam Charters

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists
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Henry Townsend: The  Blues in St. Louis, Vol. 3: Henry Townsend
Henry Townsend: The Blues in St. Louis, Vol. 3: Henry Townsend

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Henry Townsend
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Speckled Red: The  Barrel-House Blues of Speckled Red
Speckled Red: The Barrel-House Blues of Speckled Red

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Speckled Red
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Victoria Spivey: The  Blues Is Life
Victoria Spivey: The Blues Is Life

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Victoria Spivey
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Memphis Slim/Pete Seeger (Folk)/Willie Dixon: Pete Seeger at the Village Gate with Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
Memphis Slim/Pete Seeger (Folk)/Willie Dixon: Pete Seeger at the Village Gate with Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Memphis Slim/Pete Seeger (Folk)/Willie Dixon

Another classic recording from Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon finds the powerhouse blues duo playing a collection of fine songs. Pete Seeger joins the guys...continue...
In 1960 and 1961, Folkways Records released two volumes of live recordings by Pete Seeger from the Village Gate nightclub in Greenwich Village, with guest appearances by Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon....continue...
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Sonny Terry: Get on Board: Negro Folksongs by the Folkmasters
Sonny Terry: Get on Board: Negro Folksongs by the Folkmasters

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Sonny Terry

This album by harmonica player Sonny Terry and guitarist Brownie McGhee, with Coyal McMahan on maracas features traditional blues songs, spirituals, and originals by the...continue...
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Sonny Terry: Sonny Terry's New Sound: Jawharp in Blues & Folk
Sonny Terry: Sonny Terry's New Sound: Jawharp in Blues & Folk

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Sonny Terry

Best known for his blues harmonica recordings, Sonny Terry joins friends Brownie McGhee and J.C. Burris to explore the range of the jawharp (also known...continue...
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Blind Willie Johnson: His Story Told, Annotated & Documented
Blind Willie Johnson: His Story Told, Annotated & Documented

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Blind Willie Johnson

Singing and begging are about the only two ways a blind man can make a living in farm country. Several years after Blind Willie Johnson's...continue...
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Brownie McGhee: Traditional Blues, Vol. 1
Brownie McGhee: Traditional Blues, Vol. 1

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Brownie McGhee

This album presents a variety of blues, and in Brownie McGhee's singing are echoes of work and dance songs, as well as spirituals. Brownie himself...continue...
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Cat Iron: Cat-Iron Sings Blues and Hymns
Cat Iron: Cat-Iron Sings Blues and Hymns

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Cat Iron

This album presents what seem to be the two sides of singer Cat-Iron's repertoire: that of the blues musician and that of the converted Christian....continue...
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Brother John Sellers: Big Boat Up the River
Brother John Sellers: Big Boat Up the River

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Brother John Sellers

This title was also released on CD as MON06002....continue...
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Big Bill Broonzy: Blues with Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee
Big Bill Broonzy: Blues with Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Big Bill Broonzy

Taped live on the air at WFMT Chicago in 1957, this Folkways recording is an extremely entertaining collection. 12 outstanding performances are scattered between questions from interviewer Studs Terke...continue...
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Bob Kirkpatrick: Feeling the Blues
Bob Kirkpatrick: Feeling the Blues

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Bob Kirkpatrick

Dallas performer Bob Kirkpatrick plays classic blues on this 1973 Folkways album. Kirkpatrick began making a name for himself after a performance at the Newport...continue...
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Various Artists: Country Blues [Smithsonian]
Various Artists: Country Blues [Smithsonian]

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Various Artists

Originally released in 1959, The Country Blues features a range of styles and a collection of recordings not included in other Folkways compilations. This selection—mostly...continue...
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Arbee Stidham: There's Always Tomorrow
Arbee Stidham: There's Always Tomorrow

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Arbee Stidham

Recorded by Folkways in 1973, this lively album by Arbee Stidham recaptures his classic Southern Blues roots. Stidham says: "In doing this session, I thought...continue...
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Arbee Stidham: Arbee's Blues
Arbee Stidham: Arbee's Blues

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Arbee Stidham
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Dorothy Washington: The Negro Woman
Dorothy Washington: The Negro Woman

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Dorothy Washington

This collection of spoken word chronicles the profound influence of the African-American woman in America. Compiled from speeches, letters, articles, and autobiographies Dorothy Franklin Washington...continue...
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Shortstuff Macon/Big Joe Williams: Hell Bound & Heaven Sent
Shortstuff Macon/Big Joe Williams: Hell Bound & Heaven Sent

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Shortstuff Macon/Big Joe Williams
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Various Artists: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 2 - 1939-1945
Various Artists: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 2 - 1939-1945

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Tracks: On a Monday - Lead Belly; Wayfaring Stranger - Burl Ives; Bold Soldier, The - Burl Ives; Mama, Mama/Once I Knew an Old Lady - Alan Lomax; Old Woman and the Devil - Pete Seeger; House of the Rising Su...
Artists: Various Artists

This compilation of folk ballads from the Moses Asch archives samples songs from many of his favorite singers: Lead Belly, Burl Ives, Alan Lomax, Brownie...continue...
Folkways Records head Moses Asch looked back on his early years running the Asch and Disc Records labels in the late 1930s and `40s on two double-LP sets, The Asch Recordings,Vol. 1 - 1939-1947: Blues...continue...
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Henry Brown: The Blues in St. Louis, Vol. 2: Barrelhouse Piano & Classic Blues
Henry Brown: The Blues in St. Louis, Vol. 2: Barrelhouse Piano & Classic Blues

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Henry Brown
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Brownie McGhee: Traditional Blues, Vol. 2
Brownie McGhee: Traditional Blues, Vol. 2

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Tracks: Cholly Blues; Pinetop's Blues; Hangman's Blues; Jelly Roll Baker; Loving Mama Blues; Backwater Blues; Four Day Creep; Black Snake Moan; Freight Train Blues; Long Gone
Artists: Brownie McGhee

Charles Edward Smith, author of the album's notes, writes, Few singers evoke as forcefully as Brownie the many-sidedness of heritage...sentiment and sex, humor and the...continue...
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Little Brother Montgomery: Farro Street Jive
Little Brother Montgomery: Farro Street Jive

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Little Brother Montgomery

Personnel: Little Brother Montgomery (vocals, piano); Eurreal Montgomery (vocals, piano)....continue...
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Katharine Handy Lewis: As Sung by His Daughter Katharine Handy Lewis
Katharine Handy Lewis: As Sung by His Daughter Katharine Handy Lewis

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Katharine Handy Lewis

Katherine Handy Lewis intended this album as a surprise for her father W.C. Handy, often remembered as the Father of the Blues. Having grown up...continue...
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Little Brother Montgomery: Blues
Little Brother Montgomery: Blues

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Little Brother Montgomery
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Furry Lewis: Furry Lewis
Furry Lewis: Furry Lewis

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Furry Lewis
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Tom McFarland: Barrelhouse Buck: Backcountry Barrelhouse
Tom McFarland: Barrelhouse Buck: Backcountry Barrelhouse

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Tom McFarland
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Jazz Gillum: Blues by Jazz Gillum Singing Playing His Harmonica
Jazz Gillum: Blues by Jazz Gillum Singing Playing His Harmonica

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Jazz Gillum
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Sleepy John Estes: Sleepy John Estes: 1929-1940
Sleepy John Estes: Sleepy John Estes: 1929-1940

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Sleepy John Estes

Recorded on Victor and Decca in the 1920s and 30s, Sleepy John Estes was a leading exponent of the Memphis blues style. These recordings capture...continue...
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Rev. Gary Davis: Sun Is Going Down
Rev. Gary Davis: Sun Is Going Down

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Rev. Gary Davis

The blind folk, gospel and blues musician made it to New York from South Carolina and made a name for himself as the Harlem Street...continue...
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Daddy Hotcakes: The  Blues in St. Louis, Vol. 1
Daddy Hotcakes: The Blues in St. Louis, Vol. 1

1 CD / Smithsonian Records / 2012-05-30

Artists: Daddy Hotcakes
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