VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Classic Banjo from Smithsonian Folkways' SFW-40209-CD

VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Classic Banjo from Smithsonian Folkways' SFW-40209-CD

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This project, sponsored by the Smithsonian Folkways label, is a sampler of the enormous holdings of that institution, and as such it spans the range of banjo music from primitive to Bluegrass. There are 30 tracks on this well annotated disc, and many will recognize the names of at least some of the pickers --a list that includes Pete Seeger, Hobart Smith, Wade Ward, Dock Boggs, Rufus Crisp, Pete Steele, Roni Stoneman, Ola Belle Reed, Doc Watson, and Snuffy Jenkins. Bluegrass stylings here are represented by Tony Trischka (BANJOLAND) and Bill Keith (BLUEGRASS BREAKDOWN). A 42-page booklet contains good notes by Greg Adams and Jeff Place. An excellent anthology here.

TRACK LISTING:

  1. FLY AROUND MY BLUE-EYED GIRL/CRIPPLE CREEK/IDA RED/OLD JOE CLARK -- Pete Seeger
  2. BANGING BREAKDOWN -- Hobart Smith
  3. JOHNSON BOYS -- Frank Profitt
  4. PEACHBOTTOM CREEK -- Wade Ward
  5. COO COO -- Dink Roberts
  6. JOSH THOMAS'S ROUSTABOUT -- Mike Seeger
  7. JAW BONE -- Willie Chapman
  8. BRIGHT SUNNY SOUTH -- Dock Boggs
  9. COAL CREEK MARCH -- Pete Steele
  10. MISSISSIPPI HEAVY WATER BLUES -- Josh Thomas
  11. WALK LIGHT LADIES -- Rufus Crisp
  12. BUCK CREEK GIRLS -- Bill Cornett
  13. GUT BUCKET BLUES --Don Vappie
  14. SKYLARK/ROARING MARY -- Mick Moloney
  15. ST. ANNE'S REEL/LA RENFLEUSE GORBEIL -- Ken Perlman
  16. SMOKEY MOKES -- Roger Sprung
  17. GOLDEN BELL POLKA -- A. L. Camp
  18. BANJOLAND -- Tony Trischka with Bill Evans
  19. SALLY ANN -- Snuffy Jenkins
  20. LONESOME ROAD BLUES -- Roni Stoneman
  21. FOX CHASE -- Lee Sexton
  22. HOP ALONG LOU -- John Tyree
  23. COTTON EYED JOE -- "Big Sweet" Lewis Hairston
  24. FOGGY MOUNTAIN TOP -- Ola Belle Reed
  25. RAMBLING HOBO -- Doc Watson
  26. OLD RATTLER -- John Snipes
  27. GEORGIA BUCK -- Elizabeth Cotten
  28. I WISH TO THE LORD I'D NEVER BEEN BORN -- Irvin Cook
  29. BLACK EYE SUSIE -- Roscoe Holcomb
  30. BLUEGRASS BREAKDOWN -- Bill Keith with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys