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Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina and Virginia
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produced by Cecilia Conway and Scott Odell (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1998), 1 hour 4 mins
The sounds and social history of African American banjo playing—32 superb instrumentals and vocals, recorded between 1974 and 1997. Extensively annotated with performer's life histories, tunings, lyrics, bibliography, and discography. The banjo's gourd ancestors came to the Americas with enslaved Africans, forg...
produced by Cecilia Conway and Scott Odell (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1998), 1 hour 4 mins
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The Complete Folkways Recordings
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produced by Moses Asch, 1905-1986 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1993), 1 hour 14 mins
Although Johnson is one of the blues most brilliant and influential guitarists, it is these rare cuts that reveal a powerfully emotive vocalist. Recorded in 1967, these solo studio sessions are marked by superb guitar accompaniment. However, it is Johnson's voice that commands our attention with 24 tales of class...
produced by Moses Asch, 1905-1986 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1993), 1 hour 14 mins
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American Banjo: Three-Finger and Scruggs Style
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produced by Mike Seeger, 1933-2009 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1990), 1 hour 5 mins
This recording was the first bluegrass LP ever released. The reissue now contains 16 additional tracks, a total of 43 tunes played by the immortal Snuffy Jenkins and others, including Smiley Hobbs. A banjo classic that runs 60 minutes in length. "...[A]s unspoiled as the day they were recorded..." — Rolling Sto...
produced by Mike Seeger, 1933-2009 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1990), 1 hour 5 mins
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Virginia Mountain Boys, Vol. 4
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produced by Eric H. Davidson, 1937-2015 (Folkways Records, 1983), 47 mins
produced by Eric H. Davidson, 1937-2015 (Folkways Records, 1983), 47 mins
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My Epitaph
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produced by Kevin Roth, 1957- (Folkways Records, 1976), 40 mins
Banjo player and singer Ola Belle Reed created this album and its accompanying notes as an autobiography, a document that describes her childhood in the mountains, her experiences, and her opinions about modern life. Produced by Kevin Roth, one of Reed's protégés, this recording is based on a live interview con...
produced by Kevin Roth, 1957- (Folkways Records, 1976), 40 mins
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Iron Mountain String Band: An Old Time Southern Mountain String Band
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produced by Eric H. Davidson, 1937-2015 (Folkways Records, 1973), 53 mins
Eric Davidson (banjo), Caleb Finch (fiddle), and Peggy Haine (guitar) present a selection of tunes and songs learned from field recordings they collected in Grayson and Carroll counties, Virginia, beginning in 1956.
produced by Eric H. Davidson, 1937-2015 (Folkways Records, 1973), 53 mins
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The Asch Recordings, 1939 to 1945 - Vol. 2
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produced by Charles Edward Smith, 1904-1970 and Moses Asch, 1905-1986 (Folkways Records, 1967), 48 mins

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 McGhee, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. Volume 2 continues on FW00AA4.

produced by Charles Edward Smith, 1904-1970 and Moses Asch, 1905-1986 (Folkways Records, 1967), 48 mins
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Clarence Ashley and Tex Isley
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produced by Peter K. Siegel, 1944- (Folkways Records, 1966), 45 mins
Clarence "Tom" Ashley's musical life began at home, with the family, but soon expanded to include the medicine show circuit. Popular among rural listeners, Ashley's playing didn't gain a wider audience until 1960, when he met folk music scholar Ralph Rinzler at the Galax Fiddlers' Convention. This album presents...
produced by Peter K. Siegel, 1944- (Folkways Records, 1966), 45 mins
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Progressive Bluegrass, Vol. 3
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(Folkways Records, 1965), 44 mins
Of banjo innovator Roger Sprung, Alan Lomax wrote, "Bluegrass emerged fifty years after New Orleans' hot music as mountaineers' answer to jazz. It seems to me that Sprung has taken a logical and exciting step...by tastefully adding jazz instruments to the bluegrass ensemble and giving bluegrass an exciting swing....
(Folkways Records, 1965), 44 mins
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The High Lonesome Sound (LP edition)
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produced by John Cohen, 1932- (Folkways Records, 1965), 53 mins
This third Folkways production featuring Roscoe Holcomb follows Mountain Music of Kentucky (FW02317) and The Music of Roscoe Holcomb and Wade Ward (FW2363). All three albums describe the social, geographical, and musical contexts that influenced Holcomb, and this volume's liner notes present selected transcri...
produced by John Cohen, 1932- (Folkways Records, 1965), 53 mins
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