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(Folkways Records, 1961), 32 mins
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(Folkways Records, 1965), 47 mins
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The Blues is Life
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produced by Leonard Kunstadt, 1925-1996 (Folkways Records, 1976), 35 mins

“The Blues is life and life is the Blues. It covers from the first cry of a newborn to the last gasp of a dying man. It’s the very existence.” And Victoria Spivey took the blues business very seriously, from her many recording contracts to her performance schedule. These thirteen original compositions...

produced by Leonard Kunstadt, 1925-1996 (Folkways Records, 1976), 35 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 13 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...
produced by Jeff Place, fl. 1993-2006 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1997), 1 hour 13 mins
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Classic Appalachian Blues from Smithsonian Folkways
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(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2010), 1 hour 8 mins, 21 page(s)

The "mountain cousin" of the Delta blues, Appalachian blues bears the stamp of a distinctive regional blend of European and African styles and sounds born at the cultural crossroads of railroad camps, mines, and rural settlements. Drawn from deep within the Folkways collection and from historic live recordings at...

(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2010), 1 hour 8 mins, 21 page(s)
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Classic Protest Songs from Smithsonian Folkways
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(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2009), 1 hour 12 mins
War, social injustice, personal plaints, and calls for action have long fueled musical creation and performance. In Classic Protest Songs, Mark Gustafson and Jeff Place tap the historic Smithsonian audio collections to compile 22 songs favored by leaders of antiwar, civil rights, industrial labor, farm worker, a...
(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2009), 1 hour 12 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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Dave Van Ronk Sings
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(Folkways Records, 1961), 51 mins
Born in Brooklyn in 1936, Dave Van Ronk was Bob Dylan's "first New York guru," writes Dylan's biographer Robert Shelton. "Dave Van Ronk was the musical mayor of MacDougal Street," Shelton continues, "and...a walking museum of the blues." This album features fifteen songs, including a parody of "Nearer My God to...
(Folkways Records, 1961), 51 mins
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Down Home Saturday Night
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(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2007), 52 mins
On any Saturday night, rollicking down-home music can be heard throughout the USA, be it bluegrass, blues, boogie woogie, country, Cajun, zydeco, Texas Swing, or Texas Mexican conjunto. Down Home Saturday Night has them all. Smithsonian Folkways archivist Jeff Place compiled these 15 tracks of American regional...
(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2007), 52 mins
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The Folkways Years, 1959-1961
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produced by Kip Lornell and Dave Van Ronk, 1936-2002 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1991), 1 hour 1 mins
Rough, gritty folk guitarist and singer, Van Ronk is one of the genre's most expressive musicians. These 20 tracks represent Van Ronk's best loved material and reveal his original synthesis of jazz and folk. Titles include Willie the Weeper, Come Back Baby, and Yas, Yas, Yas. Van Ronk's handpicked favorites fro...
produced by Kip Lornell and Dave Van Ronk, 1936-2002 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1991), 1 hour 1 mins
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