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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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Baby So Long
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performed by Bumble Bee Slim (Acrobat, 2006), 1 hour 1 mins
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performed by Bumble Bee Slim (Acrobat, 2006), 1 hour 1 mins
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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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Zolo Go
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produced by Chris Strachwitz, 1931-; performed by Lightnin' Hopkins, 1912-1982; in The Best of Lightning Hopkins (Arhoolie Records, 2001), 3 mins
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produced by Chris Strachwitz, 1931-; performed by Lightnin' Hopkins, 1912-1982; in The Best of Lightning Hopkins (Arhoolie Records, 2001), 3 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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Bourgeois Blues: Lead Belly Legacy, Vol. 2
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produced by Jeff Place, fl. 1993-2006 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1997), 1 hour 11 mins
This is volume 2 of a projected 3-volume set of Lead Belly's performances recorded by Moses Asch during the 1940s. The original masters now reside in the Folkways Archive at the Smithsonian Institution. Completely remastered from the best sources in our collections, this recording contains the highest sound qual...
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produced by Jeff Place, fl. 1993-2006 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1997), 1 hour 11 mins
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Broadsides - Songs and Ballads
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produced by Moses Asch, 1905-1986 (Folkways Records, 1964), 29 mins
This album of songs mostly composed in the early 1960s includes two songs by Malvina Reynolds, as well as "The New York J-D Blues," composed by a New York teenager puzzled by a misguided subway ad campaign about juvenile delinquency. Much of the material included in this collection was printed in the influential...
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produced by Moses Asch, 1905-1986 (Folkways Records, 1964), 29 mins
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Six Levels Below Plant Life
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produced by Clarence Brown, 1924-2005 and Jim Bateman; performed by Clarence Brown, 1924-2005; in Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown: Timeless (Hightone Records, 2004), 3 mins
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produced by Clarence Brown, 1924-2005 and Jim Bateman; performed by Clarence Brown, 1924-2005; in Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown: Timeless (Hightone Records, 2004), 3 mins
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