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3-CD Digipak with 152-page booklet (English language), 75 tracks. Total playing time approx. 203 mns.

In the one hundred years that folk music has been recorded in the United States, the tradition has embraced ballads - mostly new, but some transplanted from Europe, political statements, personal introspection, and much more. Now the story is here from the 1920s to the 1970s and beyond in four exclusive 3-CD sets. Through this music, we feel it all from the isolation of early twentieth century Appalachia through the economic and political upheavals of the Depression, War, and Civil Rights eras to contemporary west coast singer-songwriters looking within for inspiration. The story is here: original artists and original versions in stunning sound with detailed notes from folk scholar Dave Samuelson.

The first set covers the period from the 1920s through to 1957. All the names you'd expect are here: the Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, the Weavers, Lead Belly, Cisco Houston, and many, many more. Here are the original versions of songs that have become classics and rallying cries: Wildwood Flower, Midnight Special, Rock Island Line, Wayfaring Stranger, So Long It's Been Good To Know You, This Land Is Your Land, 16 Tons, 900 Miles, Delia, and many, many more.

3-CD Digipak with 120-page booklet (English language), 70 tracks. Total playing time approx. 221 mns.


The second set begins with the folk revival that started in the wake of the Kingston Trio's Tom Dooley and continues through the dawn of the singer-songwriter era. It includes early folk revival classics like Walk Right In, Michael, and Green, Green. The second disc begins with Bob Dylan's game-changing classics, Blowing In The Wind, Don't Think Twice, It's All Right, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, Masters Of War, Mr. Tambourine Man, and The Times They Are A-Changin'. It was the Civil Rights era and the Vietnam era, so the music took on contemporary issues. In Dylan's wake came Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Tim Hardin, Fred Neil, and many others, all of them represented by their finest work.


3-CD Digipak mit 112-seitigem Booklet, 63 Einzeltitel. Gesamtspieldauer ca. 233 Minuten

Along with folklorist Alan Lomax, Pete Seeger was a primary figure in seeding and shaping the American folk music revival. He never viewed himself as an entertainer, nor was he particularly comfortable as a solo performer. Yet his evangelical zeal for folk music and progressive social change inspired and nurtured three generations of singer-songwriters.

Born May 3, 1919 in New York City, Pete Seeger was the third and youngest son of Charles and Constance Seeger, instructors at the New York Institute of Musical Art. The couple divorced when Peter was eight years old. In 1932 Charles married his student, Ruth Crawford, now hailed as a major 20th century composer. The couple had four children; of them, Mike and Peggy Seeger also became significant figures in American folk music. 

In summer 1936, Charles and Ruth took the 17-year-old Peter to the 'Mountain Dance And Folk Festival' near Asheville, North Carolina. The youth was fascinated by the square dances and especially Bascom Lamar Lunsford's and Samantha Bumgarner's driving five-string banjo styles. Seeger spent the next five years perfecting his own banjo technique.

After dropping out of Harvard University, Seeger became involved with folk music, labor organizing and politics. Alan Lomax encouraged the youth, hiring him to catalog race and old-time music recordings held by the Archive of American Folk Song in the Library of Congress. As Seeger's confidence and musical skills grew, Lomax invited him to participate on his CBS radio show. In March 1940 Seeger met balladeer Woody Guthrie at a New York fundraiser for displaced migrant workers.

In January 1941 Seeger, Lee Hays and Millard Lampell formed the Almanac Singers, performing folk songs and incisive topical songs at meetings, private functions, and labor rallies. Singing in natural, unaffected voices and driven by Seeger's clawhammer banjo, the Almanacs fused the essence and excitement of rural Southern string bands with the passion of labor songs and the dry, clever wit of New York's cabaret entertainers. This appealing music hybrid defined the sound and style of the American folk revival, and their records inspired a generation of young musicians. During the group's brief existence, the Almanac Singers' revolving roster included Woody Guthrie, Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry, Josh White, Bess Lomax Hawes and Agnes 'Sis' Cunningham.

While serving in the army during World War II, Seeger envisioned a national movement unifying songwriters, performers, choral leaders and labor unions into a force for political and social change. After returning to New York in fall 1945, Seeger formed People's Songs. Initially drawing upon members of New York's leftist folk, theatrical and literary scenes, the organization soon opened offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and Cleveland. Two years after its founding, 2,000 folk music enthusiasts attended People's Songs' first national convention in New York.

However, People's Songs emerged as anti-Communist fervor grasped America. Many activists within the movement were or had been members of the American Communist Party. In 1948, People's Songs embraced the third-party Presidential bid of former Vice-President Henry Wallace, who advocated co-operation with the Soviet Union. Members who mistrusted the Communists broke away from the movement, while those who remained – particularly Seeger – became easy targets for right-wing zealots.

The Wallace campaign bankrupted People's Songs. To pay off its debts, the remaining activists held a fund-raising hootenanny at a New York theater in late November 1948. To accompany a folk dance ensemble, Seeger recruited guitarist Fred Hellerman, his old Almanac Singers vocalist and song leader Lee Hays, and contralto Ronnie Gilbert. The quartet clicked musically and further rehearsals refined their sound. Although they had no long-range professional aspirations, the group performed at labor functions, political rallies and on Oscar Brand's WNYC radio show, eventually adopting the name The Weavers. In December 1949 the group reluctantly accepted a week-long engagement at the Village Vanguard, a popular lower Manhattan cabaret. The response led owner Max Gordon to extend the booking through June. , Orchestra leader Gordon Jenkins caught the Weavers at the Vanguard and brokered a Decca recording contract. Their first record with Jenkins, Goodnight, Irene backed with Tzena, Tzena, Tzena, unexpectedly became 1950's biggest hit.

As their visibility rose, so did the ire of the watchdogs on the right. Harvey Matuso, a former People's Songs volunteer who fancied himself as a master of espionage, warned the FBI about the Weavers' Communist affiliations. 'Red Channels' cited Seeger for 13 Communist affiliations. Television appearances were cancelled when callers threatened sponsors with boycotts. The Knights of Columbus forced the Ohio State Fair to pull the Weavers' booking; the incident received national publicity. American Legion posts in various cities harassed nightclub owners that booked the Weavers. With each new Decca release, airplay dwindled. By 1952 the group formally disbanded, although it reunited sporadically for concerts after 1955.

Seeger resumed his solo performances, primarily in front of appreciative college audiences. He remained a target of right-wing super patriots. On August 18, 1955, Seeger was subpoenaed to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. A polite but hostile witness, he refused to answer questions about his personal and political associations. His stance led to a March 26, 1957, indictment for contempt of Congress. For the next five years Seeger was obligated to notify the federal government whenever he left the Southern District of New York. In March 1961 a jury found Seeger guilty and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The first four tracks in this collection were recorded during this period of uncertainty.

Oh, Had I A Golden Thread appeared on Seeger's 1960 Folkways collection 'Rainbow Quest.' Seeger later used it as the theme for his mid-'60s public television series. That album also yielded one of Seeger's best-loved songs, Where Have All The Flowers Gone. He wrote it in October 1955, basing it on three lines from a Ukrainian folksong Mikhail Sholokhov quoted in his 1934 novel 'And Quiet Flows The Don.' He introduced his three-verse version at an Oberlin College concert, sang it for about a year, then set it aside until he recorded it in 1959.

Joe Hickerson, later director of the Archive of Folk Song at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, attended that Oberlin concert. Hickerson was an Indiana University folklore student in early 1960 when Folkways released Seeger's 'Rainbow Quest' album. He began singing Where Have All The Flowers Gone around Bloomington coffeehouses and hootenannies. Feeling the song was too short for audience participation, Hickerson wrote two additional verses followed by a repeat of the first verse. He introduced his expanded circular version the following summer at Camp Woodland, a progressive youth camp in New York's Catskill Mountains. At the end of the season, the staff and campers brought the song to New York City, where Peter Yarrow, Noel Stookey and Mary Travers learned it for their first album as Peter, Paul and Mary. The Kingston Trio learned it from them, beating them in the marketplace with a quickly recorded single


3-CD Digipak with 140-page booklet, 80 tracks. Total playing time approx. 257 mns.

The West Coast

If the East Coast primarily nurtured the contemporary folk scene, Los Angeles and San Francisco were parallel hubs of the folk music revival. In late 1945 Pete Seeger established People's Songs, Inc., to use folk and topical songs to further postwar progressive political and social issues. Within months composer/folksinger Earl Robinson opened the New York operation's first branch office in Los Angeles, attracting labor organizer and journalist Vern Partlow, and film industry professionals like actor Will Geer and arranger Sonny Vale. Its members included Richard Dehr and Frank Miller, who performed folk songs as The Easy Riders.

Los Angeles was also the original home of Charter Records, a label that served People's Songs members with recordings by Seeger, Morry Goodson and Sonny Vale, and calypsonian Sir Lancelot. It also encouraged events up north in San Francisco, where Malvina Reynolds found kindred spirits among the People's Songs activists. With Seeger's encouragement she became a master composer of satiric, poignant and enduring songs.

Although People's Songs dissolved in 1949, it helped seed a vital West Coast folk community. Terry Gilkyson, a Pennsylvania native who moved to Los Angeles in 1947, struck gold with his folk-flavored The Cry Of The Wild Goose. Gilkyson's understated Decca recording spawned multiple cover versions, including Frankie Laine's chart-topping Mercury single in 1951. In a joint session with The Weavers, Gilkyson sang the lead on On Top Of Old Smoky, which rose to No. 2 on the Billboard pop chart. In 1955 he joined Dehr and Miller's Easy Riders. Besides jointly collaborating on Memories Are Made Of This, the Easy Riders accompanied Dean Martin on his No. 1 hit single.

If the early New York folk scene fostered an alluring Bohemian atmosphere, the West Coast singers created a sunnier approach. Many performers were tied to the entertainment industry, writing scores or acting in films and television. Performers like Rod McKuen, Mason Williams, Mike Settle, Travis Edmonson, Van Dyke Parks and John Stewart were gifted lyricists and skilled, melodic composers. When Bob Dylan shook up the East Coast folk music community in 1962, their careers and styles were already established.

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Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 1
01I Never Will MarryThe Carter Family
02Litte Darling, Pal Of MineThe Carter Family
03Wildwood FlowerThe Carter Family
04The Midnight SpecialLeed Belly
05Western Plain (When I Was A Cowboy)Leed Belly
06Rock Island LineLeed Belly
07The Horse Named BillCarl Sandburg
08Weave Room BluesThe Dixon Brothers
09Joe HillEarl Robinson
10The House I Live InEarl Robinson
11The Frozen LoggerEarl Robinson
12One Meat BallJosh White
13The Wayfaring StrangerBurl Ives
14Do Re MiWoody Guthrie
15I Ain't Got No HomeWoody Guthrie
16Pretty Boy FloydWoody Guthrie
17Dusty Old Dust (So Long, It's Been Good To Know You)Woody Guthrie
18Babe O'MineWoody Guthrie
19Grand Coulee DamWoody Guthrie
20Ramblin' RoundWoody Guthrie
21Hard Travelin'Woody Guthrie
22This Land Is Your LandWoody Guthrie
23Philadelphia LawyerWoody Guthrie
24I've Got To KnowWoody Guthrie
25Hard, Ain't It HardWoody Guthrie
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 2
01Which Side Are You OnThe Almanac Singers
02Union MaidThe Almanac Singers
03Union TrainThe Almanac Singers
04Sinking Of The Reuben JamesThe Almanac Singers
05UAW-CIOThe Union Boys
06A Dollar Ain't A Dollar AnymoreThe Union Boys
07Solidarity ForeverThe Union Boys
08Old Man Atom (Talking Atomic Blues)Sam Hinton
09Passing ThroughDickBlakeslee
10Newspapermen Meet Such Interesting PeopleVern Partlow
11Winnsboro Cotton Mill BluesPete Seeger
12The Death Of Harry SimmsPete Seeger
13No Irish Need ApplyPete Seeger
14Darling CoreyPete Seeger
15The Cry Of The Wild GooseTerry Gilkyson
16Sixteen TonsMerle Travis
17Dark As A DungeonMerle Travis
18Wasn't That A TimeThe Weavers
19Banks Of MarbleThe Weavers
20The Hammer SongThe Weavers
21Goodnight IreneThe Weavers
22So Long, It’s Been Good To Know YouThe Weavers
23Die Gedanken Sind FreiDuncan/ Lieberman / Sanders / Smith
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 3
01900 MilesCisco Houston
02Diamond JoeCisco Houston
03Great American BumCisco Houston
04JubileeJean Ritchie
05Dear CompanionJean Ritchie
06Bootlegger's SongOscar Brand
07Around Her NeckOscar Brand
08Paper Of PinsOscar Brand
09Go Way From My WindowCynthia Gooding
10John Brown's BodyEd McCurdy
11Raspberries, Strawberries (Ah Les Fraises Et Les Frambous)Will Holt
12The MTAWill Holt
13DeliaBob Gibson
14AbileneBob Gibson
15Gotta Travel OnPaul Clayton
16Who'll Gonna Buy You Ribbons When I'm GonePaul Clayton
17Pay Day At Coal CreekPaul Clayton
18The Ballad Of Sigmund FreudThe Gateway Singers
19Come To The DanceThe Gateway Singers
20MarianneThe Easy Riders
21Strolling BluesThe Easy Riders
22Green FieldsThe Easy Riders
23Kari Waits For MeThe Easy Riders
24Cindy, Oh CindyVince Martin & The Tarriers
25The Banana Boat SongThe Tarriers
26Those Brown EyesThe Tarriers
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 4
01Scotch And SodaThe Kingston Trio
02The MTAThe Kingston Trio
03A Worried ManThe Kingston Trio
04The New FrontierThe Kingston Trio
05Run The RidgesThe Kingston Trio
06If You Don't Look AroundThe Kingston Trio
07Soft Blow The Summer WindsThe Journeymen
08Hush Now SallyThe Journeymen
09Ride, Ride, RideThe Journeymen
10Someone To Talk My Troubles ToThe Journeymen
11A Dollar DownThe Limeliters
12Those Were The DaysThe Limeliters
13Adios Mi Corazon (Spanish Is The Loving Tongue)The Limeliters
14Dubarry Done Gone AgainThe Chad Mitchel Trio
15The Marvelous ToyThe Chad Mitchel Trio
16One Man's HandsThe Chad Mitchel Trio
17That's The Way It's Gonna BeThe Chad Mitchel Trio
18Leaving On A Jet PlaneThe Chad Mitchel Trio
19South WindBud & Travis
20Cloudy Summer AfternoonBud & Travis
21MichaelThe Highwaymen
22Cotton FieldsThe Highwaymen
23Walk Right InThe Rooftop Singers
24Tom CatThe Rooftop Singers
25Green GreenThe New Christy Minstrels
26TodayThe New Christy Minstrels
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 5
19Dusty Box Car WallEric Andersen
20Violets Of DawnEric Andersen
21Thirsty BootsEric Andersen
01Blowing In The WindBob Dylan
02Don't Think Twice, It's All RightBob Dylan
03Hard Rain's Gonna FallBob Dylan
04Masters Of WarBob Dylan
05The Times They Are A-Changin'Bob Dylan
06Mr Tambourine ManBob Dylan
07There But For FortunePhil Ochs
08Power And The GloryPhil Ochs
09I Ain't Marching AnymorePhil Ochs
10Draft Dodger RagPhil Ochs
11ChangesPhil Ochs
12When I'm GonePhil Ochs
13Ramblin' BoyTom Paxton
14I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm BoundTom Paxton
15The Last Thing On My MindTom Paxton
16What Did You Learn In School Today?Tom Paxton
17Ain't That NewsTom Paxton
18Bottle Of WineTom Paxton
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 6
01Close The Door Lightly When You GoEric Andersen
02Seven DaffodilsThe Tarriers
03Cocaine BluesDave Van Ronk
04Come Back BabyDave Van Ronk
05Bad Dream BluesDave Van Ronk
06AnatheaJudy Collins
07Hey Nelly NellyJudy Collins
08Carry It OnJudy Collins
09The Ballad Of Ira HayesPeter LaFarge
10As Long As The Grass Shall GrowPeter LaFarge
11StewballThe Greenbriar Boys
12Different DrumThe Greenbriar Boys
13Many A MilePatrick Sky
14Reason To BelieveTim Hardin
15If I Were A CarpenterTim Hardin
16The Lady Came From BaltimoreTim Hardin
17The Other Side Of LifeFred Neil
18Blues On The CeilingFred Neil
19Little Bit Of RainFred Neil
20The DolphinsFred Neil
21Everybody's TalkingFred Neil
22Grand HotelDavid Blue
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 7
01Oh, Had I A Golden ThreadPeter Seeger
02Where Have All The Flowers Gone?Peter Seeger
03Last Night I Had The Strangest DreamPeter Seeger
04The Bells Of RhymneyPeter Seeger
05Turn! Turn! Turn!Peter Seeger
06Song Of The Punch Press OperatorPeter Seeger
07Waist Deep In The Big MuddyPeter Seeger
08From Way Up HerePeter Seeger
09The ClearwaterPeter Seeger
10Last Train To NurembergPeter Seeger
11Hobo's LullabyPeter Seeger
12What Have They Done To The Rain?Joan Baez
13We Shall OvercomeJoan Baez
14Farewell, AngelinaJoan Baez
15Daddy, You've Been On My MindJoan Baez
16Legend Of A Girl Child LindaJoan Baez
17The Night They Drove Old Dixie DownJoan Baez
18Diamonds And RustJoan Baez
19Now That The Buffalo's GoneBuffy Sainte-Marie
20Cod'ineBuffy Sainte-Marie
21The Universal SoldierBuffy Sainte-Marie
22Until It's Time For You To GoBuffy Sainte-Marie
23The Piney Wood HillsBuffy Sainte-Marie
24My Country 'Tis Of Thy People You're DyingBuffy Sainte-Marie
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 8
01On The Road AgainTom Rush
02No RegretsTom Rush
03Merrimack CountyTom Rush
04Joshua Gone BarbadosEric Von Schmidt
05Light RainEric Von Schmidt
06Won't You Tell MeMitch Greenhill
07Highway 301 BluesMitch Greenhill
08One Morning In MayBill Keith & Jim Rooney
09Kentucky MoonshinerBill Keith & Jim Rooney
10Three Songs / A Look At The Ragtime Era (Sister Kate's Night Out)Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band
11Ginger ManGeoff Muldaur
12MinglewoodJim Kweskin & The Jug Band
13Garden Of JoyJim Kweskin & The Jug Band
14Midnight At The OasisMaria Muldaur
15South CoastRamblin' Jack Elliott
16San Francisco Bay BluesRamblin' Jack Elliott
17Coming In To Los AngelesArlo Guthrie
18Percy's SongArlo Guthrie
19Alice's RestaurantArlo Guthrie
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 9
01DaydreamThe Lovin' Spoonful
02Younger GirlThe Lovin' Spoonful
03Darlin' CompanionThe Lovin' Spoonful
04Hey Joe (You Shot Your Woman Down)Tim Rose
05LouisePaul Siebel
06Any Day WomanPaul Siebel
07SunshineJonathan Edwards
08ShantyJonathan Edwards
09You Don't Mess Around With JimJim Croce
10Time In A BottleJim Croce
11Bad, Bad Leroy BrownJim Croce
12Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)Jim Croce
13I Got A NameJim Croce
14The HoldupDavid Bromberg
15Danger ManDavid Bromberg
16Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)Melanie
17What Have They Done To My Song, MaMelanie
18Brand New KeyMelanie
19TaxiHarry Chapin
20Cat's In The CradleHarry Chapin
21SunshineJonathan Edwards
22ShantyJonathan Edwards>
23You Don't Mess Around With JimJim Croce
24Time In A BottleJim Croce
25Bad, Bad Leroy BrownJim Croce
26Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)Jim Croce
27I Got A NameJim Croce
28The HoldupDavid Bromberg
29Danger ManDavid Bromberg
30Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)Melanie
31What Have They Done To My Song, MaMelanie
32Brand New KeyMelanie
33TaxiHarry CDhapin
34Cat's In The CradleHarry CDhapin
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 10
01Love's Been Good To MeRod McKuen
02Seasons In The SunRod McKuen
03Long Time GoneMason Williams
04The Times I've HadMark Spoelstra
05She's GoneMark Spoelstra
06Five And Twenty QuestionsMark Spoelstra
07If I Were FreeDian James
08He Was A Friend Of MineDian James
09Little BoxesMalvina Reynolds
10Pack Up Your SorrowsRichard & Mimi Farina
11The FalconRichard & Mimi Farina
12Birmingham SundayRichard & Mimi Farina
13Bold MarauderRichard & Mimi Farin
14A Swallow SongRichard & Mimi Farina
15Hickory WindThe Byrds
16Tried So HardGene Clark
17Train Leaves Here This MorningDillard & Clark Expedition
18Once I WasTim Buckley
19July, You're A WomanJohn Stewart
20California BloodlinesJohn Stewart
21One (Is A Lonely Number)Harry Nilsson
22RainmakerHarry Nilsson
23JoanneMichael Nesmith
24Calico Girl FriendMichael Nesmith
25Take Me Home, Country RoadsJohn Denver
26Rocky Mountain HighJohn Denver
27Back Home AgainJohn Denver
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 11
01The Battle Of New Orleans1 Jimmy Driftwood
02Tennessee Stud2 Jimmy Driftwood
03What Color Is The Soul Of A Man3 Jimmy Driftwood
04Rain And Snow4 Obray Ramsey
05500 Miles5 Hedy West
06Cotton Mill Girls6 Hedy West
07The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore7 Jean Ritchie
08Blue Diamond Mines8 Jean Ritchie
09Black Waters9 Jean Ritchie
10Coal Tattoo10 Billy Edd Wheeler
11Blistered11 Billy Edd Wheeler
12Jackson12 Billy Edd Wheele
13High Flying Bird13 Billy Edd Wheeler
14Gentle On My Mind14 John Hartford
15Natural To Be Gone15 John Hartford
16California Earthquake16 John Hartford
17Steamboat Whistle Blues17 John Hartford
18How I Love Them Old Songs18 Mickey Newbury
19Sweet Memories19 Mickey Newbury
20Mr Bojangles20 Jerry Jeff Walke
21Pancho And Lefty21 Townes Van Zandt
22Seven Bridges Road22 Steve Young
23Brand New Tennessee Waltz23 Jesse Winchester
24Yankee Lady24 Jesse Winchester
25Me And Bobby McGee25 Kris Kristofferson
26Help Me Make It Through The NightKris Kristofferson
27Casey's Last RideKris Kristofferson
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 12
01Settle DownMike Settle
02Sing HallelujahMike Settle
03Greenback DollarHoyt Axton
04Thunder 'N' Lightnin'Hoyt Axton
05Blues Around My HeadBob Gibson
06Where I'm BoundBob Gibson
07Daddy Roll 'EmtBob Gibson, Hamilton Camp
08Good Time CharlieJohn Koerner
09The UnicornShel Silverstein
10Bury Me In My ShadesShel Silverstein
11Sam StoneJohn Prine
12Angel From MontgomeryJohn Prine
13ParadiseJohn Prine
14SouvenirsJohn Prine
15City Of New OrleansSteve Goodman
16Four Strong WindsIan & Sylvia
17You Were On My MindIan & Sylvia
18Someday SoonIan & Sylvia
19Summer WagesIan & Sylvia
20For Loving MeGordon Lightfoot
21Early Morning RainGordon Lightfoot
22Did She Mention My NameGordon Lightfoot
23Morning DewBonnie Dobson
24SnowbirdGene MacLellan
25Put Your Hand In The HandGene MacLellan
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Folk And The Roots Of American Music

While some observers often see Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Carole King, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor as the founders of America's contemporary singer-songwriter movement, the tradition actually dates back to the mid-19th century. The Hutchison Family of Milford, New Hampshire toured the United States singing religious and secular songs supporting numerous populist causes. In the years before World War I, Joe Hill and Ralph Chaplin refashioned traditional songs and hymns into biting anthems for the Industrial Workers of the World.

During the early '20s, Bentley Ball gave recitals of Appalachian ballads, Cowboy songs and Native American material to fascinated urban audiences. In 1920 he made the first recordings of such folk standards as Jesse James and The Dying Cowboy. Four years later Marion Try Slaughter, a Texas-born light opera singer who performed under the name Vernon Dalhart, recorded twangy versions of The Wreck Of The Southern 97 and The Prisoner's Song. Though hardly authentic, it caught the public ear and sold hundreds of thousands of records.

Two Tin Pan Alley writers exploited that success by penning folk-flavored songs inspired by some current event. Carson Robison, a Kansas native who played guitar on Dalhart's record, used a moralistic template for songs about train wrecks and natural disasters. Bob Miller, who hailed from Memphis, penned songs that addressed populist issues. Miller's left-leaning songs like Eleven Cent Cotton and Forty Cent Meat anticipated the People's Songs movement of the late '40s.

Folk songs continued making inroads into American popular culture during the Jazz Age of the '20s. Millions of radio listeners tuned into the Chicago-based WLS every Saturday night to hear 'The National Barn Dance' and its sweet-voiced Kentucky balladeer Bradley Kincaid sing Barbara Allen or The Blue Tailed Fly. John Allison organized a trio that introduced folk material over New York's WNYC as early as 1927. Recordings intended for Southern listeners occasionally migrated to urban audiences in the north. The better-selling Victor Records by Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family crossed Southern borders; some of their titles were issued in Europe and Australia, and even India.

While singers like Goebel Reeves never became household names, their recordings inspired a handful of performers that would change popular music.

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Vol.1, Folk And The Roots Of American Music (3-CD)
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Tracklist
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 1
01 I Never Will Marry
02 Litte Darling, Pal Of Mine
03 Wildwood Flower
04 The Midnight Special
05 Western Plain (When I Was A Cowboy)
06 Rock Island Line
07 The Horse Named Bill
08 Weave Room Blues
09 Joe Hill
10 The House I Live In
11 The Frozen Logger
12 One Meat Ball
13 The Wayfaring Stranger
14 Do Re Mi
15 I Ain't Got No Home
16 Pretty Boy Floyd
17 Dusty Old Dust (So Long, It's Been Good To Know You)
18 Babe O'Mine
19 Grand Coulee Dam
20 Ramblin' Round
21 Hard Travelin'
22 This Land Is Your Land
23 Philadelphia Lawyer
24 I've Got To Know
25 Hard, Ain't It Hard
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 2
01 Which Side Are You On
02 Union Maid
03 Union Train
04 Sinking Of The Reuben James
05 UAW-CIO
06 A Dollar Ain't A Dollar Anymore
07 Solidarity Forever
08 Old Man Atom (Talking Atomic Blues)
09 Passing Through
10 Newspapermen Meet Such Interesting People
11 Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
12 The Death Of Harry Simms
13 No Irish Need Apply
14 Darling Corey
15 The Cry Of The Wild Goose
16 Sixteen Tons
17 Dark As A Dungeon
18 Wasn't That A Time
19 Banks Of Marble
20 The Hammer Song
21 Goodnight Irene
22 So Long, It’s Been Good To Know You
23 Die Gedanken Sind Frei
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 3
01 900 Miles
02 Diamond Joe
03 Great American Bum
04 Jubilee
05 Dear Companion
06 Bootlegger's Song
07 Around Her Neck
08 Paper Of Pins
09 Go Way From My Window
10 John Brown's Body
11 Raspberries, Strawberries (Ah Les Fraises Et Les Frambous)
12 The MTA
13 Delia
14 Abilene
15 Gotta Travel On
16 Who'll Gonna Buy You Ribbons When I'm Gone
17 Pay Day At Coal Creek
18 The Ballad Of Sigmund Freud
19 Come To The Dance
20 Marianne
21 Strolling Blues
22 Green Fields
23 Kari Waits For Me
24 Cindy, Oh Cindy
25 The Banana Boat Song
26 Those Brown Eyes
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 4
01 Scotch And Soda
02 The MTA
03 A Worried Man
04 The New Frontier
05 Run The Ridges
06 If You Don't Look Around
07 Soft Blow The Summer Winds
08 Hush Now Sally
09 Ride, Ride, Ride
10 Someone To Talk My Troubles To
11 A Dollar Down
12 Those Were The Days
13 Adios Mi Corazon (Spanish Is The Loving Tongue)
14 Dubarry Done Gone Again
15 The Marvelous Toy
16 One Man's Hands
17 That's The Way It's Gonna Be
18 Leaving On A Jet Plane
19 South Wind
20 Cloudy Summer Afternoon
21 Michael
22 Cotton Fields
23 Walk Right In
24 Tom Cat
25 Green Green
26 Today
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 5
19 Dusty Box Car Wall
20 Violets Of Dawn
21 Thirsty Boots
01 Blowing In The Wind
02 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
03 Hard Rain's Gonna Fall
04 Masters Of War
05 The Times They Are A-Changin'
06 Mr Tambourine Man
07 There But For Fortune
08 Power And The Glory
09 I Ain't Marching Anymore
10 Draft Dodger Rag
11 Changes
12 When I'm Gone
13 Ramblin' Boy
14 I Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound
15 The Last Thing On My Mind
16 What Did You Learn In School Today?
17 Ain't That News
18 Bottle Of Wine
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 6
01 Close The Door Lightly When You Go
02 Seven Daffodils
03 Cocaine Blues
04 Come Back Baby
05 Bad Dream Blues
06 Anathea
07 Hey Nelly Nelly
08 Carry It On
09 The Ballad Of Ira Hayes
10 As Long As The Grass Shall Grow
11 Stewball
12 Different Drum
13 Many A Mile
14 Reason To Believe
15 If I Were A Carpenter
16 The Lady Came From Baltimore
17 The Other Side Of Life
18 Blues On The Ceiling
19 Little Bit Of Rain
20 The Dolphins
21 Everybody's Talking
22 Grand Hotel
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 7
01 Oh, Had I A Golden Thread
02 Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
03 Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream
04 The Bells Of Rhymney
05 Turn! Turn! Turn!
06 Song Of The Punch Press Operator
07 Waist Deep In The Big Muddy
08 From Way Up Here
09 The Clearwater
10 Last Train To Nuremberg
11 Hobo's Lullaby
12 What Have They Done To The Rain?
13 We Shall Overcome
14 Farewell, Angelina
15 Daddy, You've Been On My Mind
16 Legend Of A Girl Child Linda
17 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
18 Diamonds And Rust
19 Now That The Buffalo's Gone
20 Cod'ine
21 The Universal Soldier
22 Until It's Time For You To Go
23 The Piney Wood Hills
24 My Country 'Tis Of Thy People You're Dying
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 8
01 On The Road Again
02 No Regrets
03 Merrimack County
04 Joshua Gone Barbados
05 Light Rain
06 Won't You Tell Me
07 Highway 301 Blues
08 One Morning In May
09 Kentucky Moonshiner
10 Three Songs / A Look At The Ragtime Era (Sister Kate's Night Out)
11 Ginger Man
12 Minglewood
13 Garden Of Joy
14 Midnight At The Oasis
15 South Coast
16 San Francisco Bay Blues
17 Coming In To Los Angeles
18 Percy's Song
19 Alice's Restaurant
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 9
01 Daydream
02 Younger Girl
03 Darlin' Companion
04 Hey Joe (You Shot Your Woman Down)
05 Louise
06 Any Day Woman
07 Sunshine
08 Shanty
09 You Don't Mess Around With Jim
10 Time In A Bottle
11 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
12 Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)
13 I Got A Name
14 The Holdup
15 Danger Man
16 Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)
17 What Have They Done To My Song, Ma
18 Brand New Key
19 Taxi
20 Cat's In The Cradle
21 Sunshine
22 Shanty
23 You Don't Mess Around With Jim
24 Time In A Bottle
25 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
26 Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)
27 I Got A Name
28 The Holdup
29 Danger Man
30 Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)
31 What Have They Done To My Song, Ma
32 Brand New Key
33 Taxi
34 Cat's In The Cradle
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 10
01 Love's Been Good To Me
02 Seasons In The Sun
03 Long Time Gone
04 The Times I've Had
05 She's Gone
06 Five And Twenty Questions
07 If I Were Free
08 He Was A Friend Of Mine
09 Little Boxes
10 Pack Up Your Sorrows
11 The Falcon
12 Birmingham Sunday
13 Bold Marauder
14 A Swallow Song
15 Hickory Wind
16 Tried So Hard
17 Train Leaves Here This Morning
18 Once I Was
19 July, You're A Woman
20 California Bloodlines
21 One (Is A Lonely Number)
22 Rainmaker
23 Joanne
24 Calico Girl Friend
25 Take Me Home, Country Roads
26 Rocky Mountain High
27 Back Home Again
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 11
01 The Battle Of New Orleans
02 Tennessee Stud
03 What Color Is The Soul Of A Man
04 Rain And Snow
05 500 Miles
06 Cotton Mill Girls
07 The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore
08 Blue Diamond Mines
09 Black Waters
10 Coal Tattoo
11 Blistered
12 Jackson
13 High Flying Bird
14 Gentle On My Mind
15 Natural To Be Gone
16 California Earthquake
17 Steamboat Whistle Blues
18 How I Love Them Old Songs
19 Sweet Memories
20 Mr Bojangles
21 Pancho And Lefty
22 Seven Bridges Road
23 Brand New Tennessee Waltz
24 Yankee Lady
25 Me And Bobby McGee
26 Help Me Make It Through The Night
27 Casey's Last Ride
Various - Troubadours - Troubadours - Folk And The Roots Of American Music, Vol.1-4 (12-CD) CD 12
01 Settle Down
02 Sing Hallelujah
03 Greenback Dollar
04 Thunder 'N' Lightnin'
05 Blues Around My Head
06 Where I'm Bound
07 Daddy Roll 'Em
08 Good Time Charlie
09 The Unicorn
10 Bury Me In My Shades
11 Sam Stone
12 Angel From Montgomery
13 Paradise
14 Souvenirs
15 City Of New Orleans
16 Four Strong Winds
17 You Were On My Mind
18 Someday Soon
19 Summer Wages
20 For Loving Me
21 Early Morning Rain
22 Did She Mention My Name
23 Morning Dew
24 Snowbird
25 Put Your Hand In The Hand