American Favorite Ballads, Vols. 1-5

American Favorite Ballads, Vols. 1-5

(Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2009), 6 hours 15 mins

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World Music

Pete Seeger's life, music, and legacy encapsulate nearly a century of American history and culture. He has immersed himself in folk music and used it, like Johnny Appleseed, to "plant the seeds of a better tomorrow in the homes across our land." The songs in this collection of 139 American Favorite Ballads narrate tales of ordinary people and their extraordinary deeds, and show Pete at the crossroads of the past and the future putting his own stamp on America's folk song heritage while bequeathing it to generations to come.


Lyric transcriptions as permissible by the publisher available here.


The physical box-set version includes 139 tracks and 5 CDs, each with its own booklet of extensive notes, for nearly 6 hours of music.

The digital download version includes the 139 songs on the CD version plus two additional previously unreleased songs: "My Gallant Black Bess," an ode to a horse, and "The Ballad of Dr. DearJohn," a critique of the health care system as relevant today as it was in the 1960's. Both songs are also available for purchase individually.

Please enjoy as our gift two free downloads ("Buffalo Gals" and "Oh Mary Don’t You Weep") from American Favorite Ballads Vol. 1-5.
Buffalo Gals FLAC MP3
Oh Mary Don't You Weep FLAC MP3

Folkways Magazine Feature: Pete Seeger Standing Tall

Content Type
Music recording
6 hours 15 mins
Sub Genre
Old Time, Bluegrass, Children's Song, Folk Revival
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Release Date
World Music, American Music, Music & Performing Arts, American Studies, United States and Canada, Estados Unidos y Canadá, Estados Unidos e Canadá, United States
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Estados Unidos y Canadá, Estados Unidos e Canadá

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