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Farmer's Curst Wife
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performed by Pete Seeger, 1919-2014; in American Ballads (Folkways Records, 1957), 3 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.
performed by Pete Seeger, 1919-2014; in American Ballads (Folkways Records, 1957), 3 mins
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The Stern Old Bachelor
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produced by Kenneth S. Goldstein, 1927-1995; performed by Joan O'Bryant, 1923-1964; in American Ballads And Folksongs (Folkways Records, 1958), 1 min
Like Joan O'Bryant's previous Folkways recording, Folksongs and Ballads of Kansas, this album presents folk songs geographically close to O'Bryant's heart. Most of the ballads included here are versions from Kansas, Arkansas, and Missouri, and several were collected through the University of Arkansas Folklore R...
produced by Kenneth S. Goldstein, 1927-1995; performed by Joan O'Bryant, 1923-1964; in American Ballads And Folksongs (Folkways Records, 1958), 1 min
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American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1
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produced by Moses Asch, 1905-1986 (Folkways Records, 1957), 48 mins
See also: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings reissued series of American Favorite Ballads.
produced by Moses Asch, 1905-1986 (Folkways Records, 1957), 48 mins
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Sally Ann
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produced by Moses Asch, 1905-1986; performed by Pete Seeger, 1919-2014; in American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 2 (Folkways Records, 1958), 2 mins
See also: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings reissued series of American Favorite Ballads.to be completed in 2006.
produced by Moses Asch, 1905-1986; performed by Pete Seeger, 1919-2014; in American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 2 (Folkways Records, 1958), 2 mins
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American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 3
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produced by Moses Asch, 1905-1986 (Folkways Records, 1959), 45 mins
See also: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings reissued series of American Favorite Ballads.
produced by Moses Asch, 1905-1986 (Folkways Records, 1959), 45 mins
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American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 4
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produced by Moses Asch, 1905-1986 (Folkways Records, 1961), 40 mins
See also: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings reissued series of American Favorite Ballads.
produced by Moses Asch, 1905-1986 (Folkways Records, 1961), 40 mins
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American Folk Ballads
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(Folkways Records, 1964), 46 mins
This collection of ballads from the Kentucky mountains comes from the repertoire of Betty Garland, who learned them from her family. She writes, "I did my best to sing these songs the way I have always heard them so that the original and beautiful tunes of the mountain people won't be lost."
(Folkways Records, 1964), 46 mins
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Saga of a Guitar Picker - Ernest Tubb's Talking Blues
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produced by Ed Badeaux, fl. 1958; performed by Ed Badeaux, fl. 1958; in American Guitar (Folkways Records, 1958), 3 mins

Released in 1960, American Guitar features musician and former Sing Out! editor Ed Badeaux performing popular Southern country songs. Badeaux's survey of 19 songs in eight guitar accompaniment styles—performed on a nylon-stringed classical guitar—demonstrates examples of both finger-picked and flat-picked te...

produced by Ed Badeaux, fl. 1958; performed by Ed Badeaux, fl. 1958; in American Guitar (Folkways Records, 1958), 3 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.
(Folkways Records, 1955), 25 mins
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