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Classic American Ballads from Smithsonian Folkways

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Classic American Ballads from Smithsonian Folkways

Born of the British ballad, its American offspring was the blank canvas for all type of tale, the more calami­tous or scandalous, the better. Jesse James and Billy the Kid, train wrecks and hurricanes, the Titanic and Tom Dooley, fatal lovers’ quarrels and foiling the devil, all and more were normal fare, served up in a song. Classic American Ballads is 25 tracks of time-worn tragedy drawn from the deep fount of the Smithsonian Folkways archives. 74 minutes, 40-page booklet with extensive notes and photos.

This is the 24th release in the Smithsonian Folkways Classic Series. Click here to learn more about this enjoyable introduction to the diverse repertoire of American music.

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Track Listing

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Banks of the Ohio Doc Watson and Bill Monroe 3:32
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102
Blue Mountain Lake Pete Seeger 2:47
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103
Claude Allen Hobart Smith 3:50
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104
Cole Younger Dock Boggs 1:50
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Cowboy’s Lament (Streets of Laredo) Buck Ramsey 3:21
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106
Boll Weevil Sam Hinton 2:12
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107
Duncan and Brady Lead Belly 1:08
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108
Floyd Collins Paul Clayton 3:27
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109
Frankie and Johnny Rolf Cahn and Eric Von Schmidt 6:39
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110
John Henry John Jackson 3:22
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Jesse James Sis Cunningham, Mike Millius, and Wes Houston 3:51
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112
Billy the Kid Woody Guthrie 2:04
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The Death of the Lawson Family Glen Neaves 1:54
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Naomi Wise Doug Wallin 3:06
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115
Pearl Bryan Bruce Buckley 2:54
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Sam Bass Hermes Nye 1:59
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Springfield Mountain Bascom Lamar Lunsford 2:31
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118
Tom Dooley Glen Neaves, Roscoe Russell, Ivor Melton, Warren Brown, Ted Lundy 2:11
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Tying a Knot in the Devil’s Tail Cisco Houston 2:14
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120
Young Charlotte Pete Seeger 4:05
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Wasn’t That a Mighty Storm? The Tex-i-an Boys 2:41
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Zebra Dun Joan O'Bryant 2:32
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The Titanic Pink Anderson 2:52
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The Louisville Burglar The Iron Mountain String Band 3:09
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The F.F.V. (Engine 143) Annie Watson 3:56
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