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Last of the Better Days Ahead

Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Last of the Better Days Ahead; Blues for Whitefish Lake, 1975; Walking Back from Willmar; Anaconda; Everyday Opus; On Fading Away; 817 Oakland Avenue; On Listening to Robert Johnson; Bed of Wasps; Rain; Decoration Day.

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Charlie Parr: Last of the Better Days Ahead

Read "Last of the Better Days Ahead" reviewed by Doug Collette


Country-blues in its most vintage form, Last of the Better Days Ahead is not appreciably different from Charlie Parr's last couple albums, Dog (Red House Records, 2017) and Charlie Parr (Red House Records, 2019). As on those records, his economical playing meshes with the deft, spare accompaniment, almost surreptitiously evoking people, places and moods with such ...

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Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD1: Indian Red-The Golden Eagles; Welcome to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival-Larry McKinley; One Night Only (The March)-Trombone Shorty; Free to Be-Donald Harrison, Jr.; Basin Street Blues-Danny Barker; A Streetcar Named Desire-Terence Blanchard; Royal Garden Blues-Kermit Ruffins Big Band; Bring Me Flowers While I’m Living / Rub a Little Boogie-Champion Jack Dupree; Back Home Again in Indiana-George Wein|Newport All-Stars; Louisiana 1927-John Boutté. CD2: Yes We Can Can-Allen Toussaint; Trick Bag-Earl King; Ruler of My Heart-Irma Thomas; Dizzy Miss Lizzy-Snooks Eaglin; Ain’t Got No Home-Clarence "Frogman" Henry; Big Chief Got the Golden Crown-The White Eagle; Iko Iko / Brother John / Saints Go Marching In-Dixie Cups; Red Beans-Marcia Ball; Litanie des Saints / Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya / I Walk on Gilded Splinters-Dr. John. CD3: How Ya Gonna Clap?-Ray Hackett; Blackbird Special-The Dirty Dozen Brass Band; Hey Now, Baby-Henry Butler; Secret Love-Germaine Bazzle|Red Tyler Quintet; Jazznocracy-Al Belletto Big Band; Summertime-Original Liberty Jazz Band; My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It-Preservation Hall Jazz Band; I Want to Be at That Meeting / Golden Gate Gospel Train-The Zion Harmonizers; Old Rugged Cross-Irma Thomas; Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus-Raymond Myles I The Gospel Soul Children; I Can Go to God in Prayer-Johnson Extension. CD4: Hard to Stop-Buckwheat Zydeco; Paper in My Shoe-Boozoo Chavis; Midland Two-Step-The Savoy Family Cajun Band; Disco et Fais Do-Do-Bruce Daigrepont; Recherche d’Acadie-Beausoleil; Yellow Moon-The Neville Brothers; When the Levee Breaks-John Campbell; It Don’t Mean a Doggone Thing-John Mooney; Starlight Diamond / Jimmy Reed Medley: You Don’t Have to Go / Baby, What You Want Me to Do / Going to New York / Honest I Do-Kenny Neal; What Is Success-Allen Toussaint|Bonnie Raitt; Double-Eyed Whammy-Tommy Ridgley. CD5: Fire on the Bayou-funky METERS; Take the "A" Train-Clarence Gatemouth Brown; Blue Moon Rising-Walter Wolfman Washington; Happy Home-Deacon John; Rain alert-Larry McKinley; Blue Tarp Blues-Sonny Landreth; Back on Dumaine-Anders Osborne; Thorn in Her Side-The Subdudes; N.O. Bounce-Big Freedia; Smoke My Peace Pipe-Wild Magnolias; Amazing Grace / One Love-The Neville Brothers.

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Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD1: We Shall Overcome; If I Had a Hammer; Turn Turn Turn; Goodnight, Irene; Guantanamera; The Bells of Rhymney; Where Have All the Flowers Gone; Waist Deep in the Big Muddy; Little Boxes; Tzena, Tzena, Tzena; So Long It’s Been Good to Know You; Mrs. McGrath; Kisses Sweeter Than Wine; Banks of Marble; Talking Atom; A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall; Puttin' on the Style; Deportees (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos); Viva la Quince Brigada; Living in the Country; This Land Is Your Land. CD2: Union Hoot: The Scabs Crawl In / We Pity Our Bosses Five / Keep That Line A-Moving / Join the Picket Line Today; You Can All Join In: It Takes Everybody to Build This Land / Indian Deer Hunting / Yankee Doodle / Old Chisholm Trail / The Farmer is the Man / Erie Canal (Low Bridge) /John Henry; Sea Chanties: Boston ”Come-All-Ye” (Blow Ye Winds Westerly) / New Bedford Whalers / The Bigler/ Johnny Come Down to Hilo; Down in the Valley; Buffalo Gals; UAW-CIO; Dinky Die; Uncle Sam, Won't You Please Come Home to Guam; Moorsoldaten; Listen Mr. Bilbo; Joe Hill; Roll the Union On; OPA Shout; Talking Union; John Riley; Banjo Medley: Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss / Cripple Creek / Ida Red / Old Joe Clark; Jam on Jerry’s Rocks; Lonesome Traveler; Goofing Off Suite: Opening Theme; Chorale from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony; Suliram; Babevuya; Blue Mountain Lake; Coal Creek March / Pay Day at Coal Creek / Buddy Won't You Roll Down the Line; Wasn’t That a Time; Which Side Are You On? CD3: Foolish Frog; I Had a Rooster; Mr. Rabbit; Oh, Worrycare; Hard Times in the Mill; Casey Jones (the Union Scab); The Death of Harry Simms; The Preacher and the Slave; I Don’t Want Your Millions, Mister; Passing Through; Kumbaya; Black and White; Didn’t Old John Cross the Water / Michael, Row the Boat Ashore; Midnight Special; Que Bonita Bandera; The Wild West Is Where I Want To Be; In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down; Hold On; Down by the Riverside; Wimoweh; Tina Sizwe (We the Brown Nation). CD4: In Tarrytown; Oleanna; Deep Blue Sea; Barbara Allen; Big Rock Candy Mountain; House of the Rising Sun; Shenandoah; Go Tell Aunt Rhody; Bottle Up and Go; Hard Travelling; Dink’s Song; When I First Came to This Land; The Half Hitch; I Never Will Marry; Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase; No More Auction Block; Talking Blues; St. James Infirmary; Strawberry Roan; Follow the Drinking Gourd; Seneca Canoe Song (Kayowjajineh); The Banks of Champlain; My Gallant Black Bess; Nonesuch; Battle of New Orleans. CD5: Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream; Carol of the Beasts (Burgundian Carol); The Quiz Show; Eight-Hour Day; The Popular Wobbly; Bourgeois Blues; Garbage; Guardian Beauty Contest (Attila the Hun); Rambling Boy; Mrs. Clara Sullivan’s Letter; Freiheit (Die Thälmann-Kolonne); Battle of Maxton Field; What Did You Learn in School Today; From Way Up Here; To My Old Brown Earth; My Dirty Stream (The Hudson River Song); Letter to Eve; Ballad of Dr. Dearjohn; My Name is Lisa Kalvelage; Don’t Ask What a River Is For; God Bless the Grass; Of Time and Rivers Flowing; Well May the World Go; Guantanamera. CD6: Quite Early Morning; There’s Better Things to Do; My Father’s Mansion’s Many Rooms; Estadio Chile; Why, Oh Why?; How About You?;The Sinking of the Reuben James; Abiyoyo; Cristo Ya Nacio; The Water is Wide; Greensleeves; If I Had a Hammer (Hammer Song); We’ll All Be A-Doubling; Arrange and Rearrange; English is Cuh-Ray-Zee (English is Crazy); A Little of This and That; Sailin’ Up, Sailin’ Down; All Mixed Up; Star Spangled Banner / To Anacreon in Heaven; One Grain of Sand.

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The Social Power of Music

Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD1: We Shall Overcome - By The Freedom Singers; This Land is Your Land - By Woody Guthrie; De colores([Made] of Colors) - By Baldemar Velásquez & Aguila Negra; Union Maid - By Bobbie McGee; If I Had a Hammer - By Pete Seeger; Reclaim the Night - By Peggy Seeger; Estoy aquí (I Am Here) - By Quetzal; Deportees (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) - By Sammy Walker; We Are the Children - By Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, & Charlie Chin; I Woke Up This Morning - By Fannie Lou Hamer; I Fell Like I'm Fixin' to Die - By Country Joe McDonald; El pobre sigue sufriendo (The Poor Keep On Suffering) - By Andrés Jiménez; Ballad of the ERA - By Kristin Lems; Where Have All the Flowers Gone - By Pete Seeger; Blowing in the Wind - By THE NEW WORLD SINGERS; Quihubo raza (What's Happening, People) - By Agustín Lira and Alma; Solidarity Forever - By Joe Glazer; Joe Hill - By Paul Robeson; Joaquin Murrieta - By Rumel Fuentes; Which Side Are You On? - By The Almanac Singers; Legal/Illegal - By Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger. CD2: Amazing Grace - By The Old Regular Baptists; Come by Here - By Barbara Dane; Will The Circle Be Unbroken - By Strange Creek Singers; Peace In The Valley - By Paramount Singers; Zuni Rain Dance - By Members of Zuni Pueblo; Calvary - By Shape-note Singers at Stewart's Chapel; Northfield - By The Old Harp Singers of Eastern Tennessee; The Call to Prayer / Adhan - By Ahmad Al Alawi; Zikr (excerpt) - By Sheikh Xhemail Shehu & Members of the Prizren Rifa'i tekke; Buddhist Chants and Prayers - By Tu Huyen, Hai Phat, Tam Thu & Hai Dat; Kol Nidre - By Cantor Abraham Brun; Dayeinu - By Raasche & Alan Mills; Night Chant - By Sandoval Begay; Hark, Hark - By Carolers from the Black Bull, Ecclesfield, UK; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - By The Princely Players; The Old Rugged Cross - By The Paschall Brothers; Madre de Dolores (Mother of Sorrows) - By Hermanos de la Morada de Nuestra Señora de Dolores del Alto; San Miguel (Saint Michael) - By Francia Reyes; I'll Fly Away - By Rose Maddox. CD3: Party Down at the Blue Angel Club by Clifton Chenier And His Red Hot Louisiana Band; San Antonio Rose by Los Reyes De Albuquerque; Jolie Blonde (Pretty Blonde) by Austin Pitre; Shake Your Moneymaker by John Littlejohn; Beer-Drinking Polka by Flaco Jiménez & Max Baca; In Heaven There is No Beer by The Goose Island Rambers; Sam (Get Down) by Sam Brothers Five; Golden Slippers / The Butterfly Whirl by Lester Bradley And Friends; Sligo Indians / Paddy Clancy's / Larry Redican's / The Rambling Pitchfork by Tony DeMarco; La Entrega de los Novios (The Delivery Of The Newlyweds) by Lorenzo Martínez; Rock Dance Song (Cree/Metis) by Francis Eagle Heart Cree, Boy Joe Fayant, And Leo J. Wilkie; Pow Wow Song by Chippewa Nation; Mary Mack by Lilly’s Chapel School, Alabama; Johnny Cuckoo by Janie Hunter & children at home; Rooster Call by John Henry Mealing and group; Joy to the World by Elizabeth Mitchell; Oylupnuv Obrutch (The Broken Hoop Song) by The Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra; Liberty Funeral March by The Liberty Brass Band; Junkanoos #1 by Key West Junkanoo Band, The Star Spangled Banner by unknown orchestra; Mardi Gras Medley (excerpt) by Rebirth Jazz Band. CD4: 1. Viva la Quince Brigada (Long Live the 15th Brigade) - By Pete Seeger; A desalambrar (Tear Down the Fences) - By Expresión Joven; Muato mua N'Gola (Women of Angola) - By Lilly Tchiumba; Un gigante que despierta (An Awakening Giant) - By Luis Godoy & Grupo Mancotal; Hasret (Longing) - By Melike Demirag; Prisioneros somos (We Are All Prisoners) - By Suni Paz; Funeral do lavrador (Funeral of a Worker) - By Zelia Barbosa; Izakunyatheli Afrika Verwoerd (Africa is Going to Trample on You, Verwoerd) - By South African Refugees in Tanganyika; The Boy with the Sunlit Smile - By Mikis Theodorakis; Hidup di Bui (Life in Jail) - By Gambang Kromong Slendang Betawi & Kwi Ap; Man and Buffalo (Kon Gap Kwai) - By Caravan; Why Need We Cry? - By Cantor Abraham Brun; El palomo (The Dove) - By Grupo Raíz; Hvem sidder dér bag skaermen (The Roadmaker) - By Inger Nielsen; Mon' etu ua Kassule - By Musician Supporters of the MPLA; Le temps des cerises (Cherry Blossom Time) - By Yves Montand; Chongsun Arirang - By Singer from Central Korea; The Passport - By Marcel Khalifé; Inno della Resistenza (Hymn of the Resistance) - By Choir of FLN Fighters.

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Pete Seeger: Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

Read "Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


It is no coincidence that folk singer, songwriter and social activist Pete Seeger (1919-2014) turns up as one of the important voices on the recently released Smithsonian Folkways box set The Social Power of Music (Smithsonian Folkways, 2019). Seeger, one of the towering figures of American folk music, believed in songs as tools that could transform ...

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Various Artists: Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Read "Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


On the surface, some jazz festivals look a lot like each other, with the same established names travelling around the globe. This is globalization at its worst, meaning we can travel endless miles to hear the same musicians we could have heard in our own backyard. However, a good jazz festival is also a celebration of ...

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Various Artists: The Social Power of Music

Read "The Social Power of Music" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


It could be argued that music has been around for as long as humans have walked on Earth. When we are born, one of the first things we do is cry and scream, and to calm babies down, lullabies are sung. As we grow up, music becomes the soundtrack for joy and mourning; the rites of ...

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The Sky Is Blue

Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Released: 2008
Track listing: The Sky Is Blue and So Am I (1903 original); The Sky Is Blue and So Am I (version 2); The Sky Is Blue and So Am I (version 3); The Sky Is Blue and So Am I (version 4); The Sky Is Blue and So Am I (version 5); The Sky Is Blue and So Am I (version 6); interview.

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Buddy Bolden: The Sky Is Blue

Read "The Sky Is Blue" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


2008 will always be remembered fondly in the world of jazz because it's the year of this music's greatest discovery. Buddy Bolden's only recording is no longer stuff of legend and lore, but a reality. The story of this great find sounds almost fictional: A graduate student at the University of Kansas while helping a local ...


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