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April 22, 2011

Smithsonian Folkways RecordingsWho says government doesn't do some good work every day? To wit, Smithsonian Folkways is the non-profit record label of the National Museum of the United States and part of the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in downtown Washington, D.C. The label was founded in 1987 after the family of Moses Asch, founder of Folkways Records, donated the entire Folkways Records label to the Smithsonian. The donation was made on the condition that the Institution continue Asch's policy that each of the more than 2,000 albums of Folkways Records remain in print forever, regardless of sales. Since then, the label has expanded on Asch's vision of documenting the sounds of the world, adding six other record labels to the collection, as well as releasing over 300 new recordings.

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From Civil War Naval Songs: Monitor and Merrimac by Dan Milner

Civil War SongsIn case you've been asleep, the Civil War is nation-hot right now! On April 5, 2011 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings commemorated the 150th anniversary of the start - the "shots fired at Fort Sumter" - with the release of "Civil War Naval Songs," a newly-recorded collection of period wartime ballads culled from the collections of many of America's foremost museums and libraries. They are songs that bring to life the patriotic spirit and brave exploits of our nation's Civil War-era sailors.

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From A Treasury of Civil War Songs: When Johnny Comes Marching Home by Tom Glazer

Treasury of Civil War SongsSongs with a good tune and rousing lyrics both mirrored and inspired the events of the American Civil War (1861-1865). They told tales of battle, slavery, emancipation, victory, and defeat, and a century and a half later, they enshrine the shattered brotherhood of a nation and the lessons taught by war. Popular American folksinger Tom Glazer (1914-2003) knew a good tune when he heard one, and on A Treasury of Civil War Songs, Glazer's crystal clear voice spins out classic songs that made history, while historian Patrick Warfield's liner notes take us deeper into the history that made the songs.

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From A Life of Song: Whole World In His Hands by Ella Jenkins

In A Life of Song, Ella Jenkins, "The First Lady of Children's Music," offers stories and songs that speak to her youthful years as an African American child in a multi-cultural world. Her career of more than a half century earned her the first Lifetime Achievement Grammy award for a children's music artist, and her more than thirty recordings teach us to learn from one another while taking pride in our own heritage. This African American Legacy recording of Ella singing with children from the Cool Classics after-school program spotlights her own heritage while showing her delight for the traditions of others. 36 minutes, lyrics, photos, 28-page booklet

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From Classic Piano Blues: St. James Infirmary by Snooks Eaglin

Storyville nightclubs, Beale Street juke joints, gambling houses, barrelhouse bars in the lumber and turpentine camps of East Texas?these were the places African American piano bluesmen called home. Born of ragtime and hard times, the piano blues migrated with its players from the deep South to the urban North. Classic Piano Blues revisits raucous boogie-woogie and blues legends Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Champion Jack Dupree, Speckled Red, Meade Lux Lewis, Lead Belly, Little Brother Montgomery, Roosevelt Sykes, James P. Johnson, and more, in 20 tracks drawn from the well of the Folkways Collections.

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From Sunny Day: Oh, John, The Rabbit by Elizabeth Mitchell:

Handmade music of the finest kind, for folks of all ages. Elizabeth Mitchell, joined by her husband Daniel Littleton, daughter Storey, and lots of musical friends including Levon Helm, Dan Zanes, Jon Langford and the Children of Agape choir from South Africa, weaves a tapestry of loving and spirited songs. Like her previous album You Are My Little Bird, Sunny Day reminds us of the beauty of the natural world and the magic found in the simplest moments of everyday life.

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From Rappahannock Blues: Frankie & Johnny by John Jackson

Raised in a large, musical farm family in Rappahannock County, Virginia, John Jackson (1924-2002) was the most important black Appalachian musician to come to broad public attention during the mid-1960s. Having learned guitar and his wide-ranging stock of songs as a youth from family and 78-rpm recordings, he enthralled major audiences during more than three decades with his vintage style and repertoire.

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From Rising Sun Melodies: Look Down That Lonesome Road by Ola Belle Reed

Ola Belle Reed (1916-2002) grew up in western North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains. Her story permeates the music and extensive liner notes of 'Rising Sun Melodies,' from Smithsonian Folkways. It is the story of a woman with a big heart and big voice and the wonderful music community she and her family helped create; it is also the story of her family still keeping it going today. The CD contains 19 tracks of Ola Belle's pure, forceful singing and nimble banjo-playing; eight of the tracks are previously unreleased live recordings from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (from '72 and '76), including her versions of Ralph Stanley's "I Am the Man, Thomas" and Hank Williams's "I Saw The Light."

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Three Free Tracks From Mike Seeger and the New Lost City Ramblers

Collectively known as the New Lost City Ramblers, Mike Seeger, John Cohen, and Tom Paley were pioneers in the revival of Southern mountain music during the folk music revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s. They brought the sounds of genuine old-time string band music and early bluegrass to eager city and college audiences who had grown disillusioned with the commercial pap of the folk boom. Free downloads of Old Joe Bone, Crow Black Chicken, and Pretty Little Miss

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