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American Roots Music

The Folk Tradition


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Lomax collection sampler
CDFO / ALA

Anthology of American folk music
CDFO / ANT

The Appalachians: companion to the public television series
CDFO / APP

Back roads to Cold Mountain
CDFO / BAC

Been in the storm so long: a collection of spirituals, folk tales and children’s games from Johns Island, South Carolina
CDFO / BEE

Classic folk music: from Smithsonian Folkways
CDFO / CLA

Classic mountain songs: from Smithsonian Folkways
CDFO / CLA

Folk classics: roots of American folk music
CDFO / FOL

Folk song America: a 20th century revival
CDFO / FOL

Lewis & Clark: sounds of discovery
CDFO / LEW

Long road to freedom: an anthology of Black music
CDFO / LON

Louisiana: catch that train and testify!
CDFO / LOU

Mademoiselle, voulez-vous danser?: Franco-American music from the New England borderlands
CDFO / MAD

Mountain journey: stars of old time music
CDFO / MOU

Roots music: an American journey
CDFO / ROO

Roots ‘n blues: the retrospective: 1925-1950
CDFO / ROO

Rounder old time music
CDFO / ROU

American Favorite Ballads. (Volumes 1-4)
Pete Seeger
CDFO / SEE

Carry it on: songs of America’s working people
Pete Seeger.
CDFO / SEE

Songs of the working people: from the American Revolution to the Civil War
CDFO / SON

Southern journey: Volume 1, Voices from the American south
CDFO / SOU

Steel rails: classic railroad songs.  Vol. 1
CDFO / STE

Treasury of Library of Congress field recordings
CDFO / TRE
 

Specific artists to look for:

The Almanac Singers
Woody Guthrie
Cisco Houston
Pete Seeger
Doc Watson
The Weavers
Bukka White

 

Traditional religious music

 

 

 

 

 

Church classics. (Volumes 1-3)
CDRL / CHU

Gospel sound of Spirit Feel
CDRL / GOS

Gospel tradition: the roots and branches
CDRL / GOS

Gospel warriors
CDRL / GOS

Greatest gospel gems
CDRL / GRE

Heritage of gospel
CDRL / HER

Mother Smith and her children
CDRL / MOT

Preachin’ the gospel: Holy blues
CDRL / PRE

Testify: the gospel box
CDRL / TES

Trav’ling home: American spirituals (1770-1870)
CDRL / TRA

 

Specific artists to look for:

Sam Cooke
Five Blind Boys of Alabama
Golden Gate Quartet
Al Green
Mahalia Jackson
Staple Singers
Rosetta Tharpe
Marion Williams

 

Early Country & Western

 

 

 

 

Cowboy classics: the best of the West
CDCW / COW

Ragged but right: great country bands of the 1930s
CDCW / RAG

 

Specific artists to look for:

Roy Acuff
Gene Autry
The Carter Family
Country Gentlemen
Lester Flatt
Uncle Dave Macon
Bill Monroe
Charlie Poole
Jimmie Rodgers
Earl Scruggs
Sons of the Pioneers
Ralph Stanley
Ernest Tubb
Doc Watson
Hank Williams
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

 

Birth of the blues

 

 

 

 

Best of the blues
CDBL / BES

The blues
CDBL / BLU

Chess blues
CDBL / CHE

Classic blues: from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
CDBL / CLA

Legends of the blues
CDBL / LEG

White country blues: 1926-1938: a lighter shade of blue
CDBL / WHI

Rediscovered blues
CDBL / RED

 

Specific artists to look for:

Big Bill Broonzy
Elizabeth Cotton
Reverend Gary Davis
Willie Dixon
Sleepy John Estes
W.C. Handy
John Lee Hooker
Son House
Howlin’ Wolf
Mississippi John Hurt
Skip James
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Robert Johnson
B.B. King
Leadbelly
Robert Junior Lockwood
Fred McDowell
Brownie McGhee
Memphis Minnie
Bessie Smith
Sonny Terry
Muddy Waters
Big Joe Williams
Sonny Boy Williamson

 

The beginnings of jazz


 

Century of ragtime, 1897-1997
CDJZ / CEN

Elite syncopations
Scott Joplin
CDJZ / JOP

Bucktown in the 90s
Frank French & Scott Kirby
CDJZ / FRE

From spirituals to swing
CDJZ / FRO

Fingerbreaker: classics of ragtime and early jazz piano
Morten Gunnar Larsen
CDJZ / LAR

Smithsonian collection of classic jazz. (Vol. 1)
CDJZ / SMI

A grand Sousa Concert
CDPO / SOU

 

Specific artists to look for:

Louis Armstrong
Sidney Bechet
Bix Beiderbecke
Earl Hines
Jelly Roll Morton
Fats Waller

 

The Cajun & Zydeco traditions

 

 

 

 

Cajun: Vol. 1: Abbeville breakdown
CDFO / CAJ

 

Specific artists to look for:

Amade Ardoin
Dewey Balfa
Boozoo Chavis
Clifton Chenier
D.L. Menard

 

The Tejana tradition (Texas-Mexico borderlands)

 

 

 

 

Conjunto: Texas-Mexican border music
CDFO / CON

 

Specific artists to look for:

Flaco Jimenez
Valerio Longoria
Lydia Mendoza
Texas Tornados

 

And, finally, rock ‘n’ roll and modern country brought to you by: 

Chuck Berry
James Brown
Bo Diddley
Bob Dylan
Buddy Holly
Jerry Lee Lewis
Little Richard and
Elvis Presley

 

 

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