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Classic Bluegrass from Smithsonian Folkways

Various Artists
Classic Bluegrass from Smithsonian Folkways

It all began in 1956 with the release of the historic Folkways album American Banjo: Three-Finger and Scruggs Style (SFW 40037), the first-ever full-length bluegrass LP. From that point on, Folkways Records was synonymous with great bluegrass music. Folkways founder Moses Asch released scores of bluegrass albums, and this collection comprises the cream of the crop from these recordings, including works from giants of the genre such as Red Allen & Frank Wakefield, Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, the Stanley Brothers, and The Country Gentlemen. It serves as an outstanding introduction to the wealth of great bluegrass Smithsonian Folkways has to offer. Extensive notes, photos, 62 minutes. Compiled and annotated by Lee Michael Demsey and Jeff Place.

Track Listing

101
White House Blues Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys 2:01
102
Our Last Goodbye The Johnson Mountain Boys 2:35
103
When He Reached Down His Hand For Me Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys 2:48
104
Tiny Broken Heart Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard 3:05
105
New Camptown Races Red Allen, Frank Wakefield, and the Kentuckians 2:34
106
Suzanne Harley Allen-Mike Lilly Band 2:40
107
I Heard My Mother Call My Name in Prayer The Nashville Grass 3:10
108
Teardrops in My Eyes The Friendly City Playboys 2:29
109
Cumberland Gap Snuffy Jenkins 1:33
110
Live and Let Live Red Allen and the Kentuckians 2:47
111
The World is Waiting for the Sunrise Roger Sprung and Doc Watson 2:40
112
Hello City Limits Hugh Moore 2:22
113
Legend of the Brown Mountain Light The Country Gentlemen 2:36
114
Lonesome Road Blues Roni Stoneman 1:14
115
The Train that Carried My Girl from Town Doc Watson 2:19
116
The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake The New Lost City Ramblers 3:31
117
Little Birdie The Stanley Brothers 2:40
118
Rabbit in a Log The Stanley Brothers 2:24
119
Grey Eagle David and Billie Ray Johnson 2:50
120
Wayfaring Stranger Cullen Gaylean and the Virginia Mountain Boys 5:10
121
Billy in the Lowground The Lonesome Strangers 1:03
122
The Rebel Girl Hazel Dickens 3:00
123
Train 45 Smiley Hobbs 2:22
124
'Neath that Cold Grey Tomb of Stone The Lilly Brothers and Don Stover 3:06
125
Get up John Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys 2:36

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