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American Ballads
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(Folkways Records, 1957), 50 mins
This collection reminds us that the ballad's purpose, first and foremost, is to tell a story. These songs narrate tales of ordinary people—hoboes and lovers and sailors—and their extraordinary deeds. From "John Henry" to "Lady Margaret," Pete Seeger's expressive style is ideally communicative.
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(Folkways Records, 1957), 50 mins
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American Northwest Ballads
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(Folkways Records, 1955), 25 mins
Born in 1928, Walt Robertson traveled many roads with his guitar on his back. The singer writes, "Folk music is...about the best medicine the world has got to ease its aches and pains." This compilation of ballads features songs of the Pacific Northwest.
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(Folkways Records, 1955), 25 mins
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The Asch Recordings, 1939 to 1947 - Vol. 1: Blues, Gospel, and Jazz
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produced by Samuel Barclay Charters, 1929-2015 (Folkways Records, 1966), 32 mins

A continuation of Volume 1 (FW00AA1), this archival recording moves into the realm of big band jazz, showing off heavyweights like Muggsy Spanier, Pee Wee Russell, Mary Lou Williams and Art Tatum.

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produced by Samuel Barclay Charters, 1929-2015 (Folkways Records, 1966), 32 mins
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Ball n' Chain
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produced by Chris Strachwitz, 1931-; performed by Big Mama Thornton, 1926-1984 (Arhoolie Records, 1989), 1 hour 2 mins, 16 page(s)
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produced by Chris Strachwitz, 1931-; performed by Big Mama Thornton, 1926-1984 (Arhoolie Records, 1989), 1 hour 2 mins, 16 page(s)
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Ballads and Songs of the Blue Ridge Mountains: Persistence and Change
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produced by Eric H. Davidson, 1937-2015 and Paul Newman (Folkways Records, 1968), 53 mins

Stemming from a want to preserve the dwindling unique oral traditions of the Blue Ridge Mountain back-country region, Eric Davidson, Paul Newman and Caleb Finch performed field recordings of songs that exemplified the evolution of ballads in the region, creating an anthology of music that characterized the musica...

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produced by Eric H. Davidson, 1937-2015 and Paul Newman (Folkways Records, 1968), 53 mins
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Ballads of La Salle County, Illinois - The Story of Ottawa, Illinois
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(Folkways Records, 1957), 31 mins
This collection of modern ballads tells the story of Ottawa, Illinois from the Starved Rock massacre to the Cherry Mine tragedy. Written and performed by Keith Clark, these compositions are the product of extensive archival research and interviews. The liner notes include lyrics and chord changes for each song.
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(Folkways Records, 1957), 31 mins
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Bluegrass From the Blue Ridge: A Half Century of Change: Country Band Music of Virginia
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produced by Paul Newman and Eric H. Davidson, 1937-2015 (Folkways Records, 1967), 47 mins
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produced by Paul Newman and Eric H. Davidson, 1937-2015 (Folkways Records, 1967), 47 mins
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Blues by Roosevelt
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(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1995), 39 mins
Sykes’s powerful music tells of life and living through a voice full of emotion, which richly contrasts with his insistent, driving piano. Booklet includes updated notes, lyrics, discography, and bibliography. 14 tracks, including Sweet Old Chicago, 44 Blues, and Memphis Slim Rock. "A seasoned bluesman and a s...
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(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1995), 39 mins
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Blues with Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
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produced by Studs Terkel, 1912-2008 (Folkways Records, 1959), 45 mins
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produced by Studs Terkel, 1912-2008 (Folkways Records, 1959), 45 mins
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