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Folk & Blues: The Roots of Americana

  • 1. John Henry - Glenn Yarbrough
    2. Cotton Fields - Howard Roberts
    3. Ramblin' - Barbara Dane
    4. Amazing Grace - Mrs. Edd Presnel
    5. Goodnight Irene - Leadbelly
    6. Christopher Columbus - Maxine Sullivan
    7. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands - Odetta
    8. Goin' to New Orleans - Little Sammy Davis
    9. Goin' to Dallas - Lightnin' Hopkins
    10. Colorado Trail - Ed McCurdy
    11. Railroad Bill - Etta Baker
    12. Cripple Creek - Mike Seeger
    13. Eisenhower Blues - J.B. Lenoir
    14. Cuckoo, The - John Jacob Niles
    15. Going Back to Memphis - Sunnyland Slim
    16. West Coast Blues - Ernest Lewis
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 508442

  • Credits

    This eclectic set spans both the ethnic and pop faces of American folk and blues music. The commercial side is represented by songs like Glenn Yarborough's polished version of "John Henry" and studio guitarist Howard Roberts's "Cotton Fields," while tracks like Mrs. Edd Presnell's delightful mandolin version of "Amazing Grace" and Sunnyland Slim's "Going Back to Memphis" showcase its older, more authentic performers. Most interestingly, there's a live excerpt from the legendary composer and song catcher John Jacob Niles (who wrote "Go 'Way From My Window" and brought the song "Pretty Polly" to public attention), performing the ancient ballad "The Cuckoo" in his idiosyncratic falsetto style.

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.63) - "[W]ith the release of this multi-artist compilation, the diversity and strength of this tradition is clearly evident."
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