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Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

Called “The Mayor of MacDougal Street,” Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) was a leading figure in the Greenwich Village music scene for more than four decades. He epitomized the urban “folksinger”— apprenticing through immersion in the music revival’s New York City epicenter of Washington Square Park. Drawing from and developing a wide repertoire of songs, guitar techniques, and performing skills, he mentored younger musicians and songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Jack Hardy, Suzanne Vega, Christine Lavin, and many others. Down in Washington Square includes 16 never-before-released recordings coupled with tracks from the Smithsonian Folkways archive, spanning early live recordings made in 1958 (one year before his first Folkways album) to his final studio recordings in 2001, just months before his death. It paints a musical mosaic of Van Ronk’s artistry and expands his legacy, keeping alive the genius of a legendary performer who inspired audiences, musicians, and a major motion picture — Inside Llewyn Davis, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Three CD box set, 54 tracks, nearly three hours of music, 40-page booklet with extensive notes.

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Track Listing

101
Duncan and Brady Dave Van Ronk 3:06
102
River Come Down (Bamboo) Dave Van Ronk 3:48
103
Spike Driver Blues Dave Van Ronk 3:15
104
John Henry Dave Van Ronk 2:29
105
Backwater Blues Dave Van Ronk 3:04
106
K.C. Moan Dave Van Ronk 3:03
107
Haul on the Bowline Dave Van Ronk 1:21
108
Just a Closer Walk with Thee Dave Van Ronk 3:03
109
Gambler’s Blues Dave Van Ronk 2:46
110
Sweet Substitute Dave Van Ronk 2:34
111
Bed Bug Blues Dave Van Ronk 2:48
112
Winin’ Boy Dave Van Ronk 2:40
113
Georgie and the IRT Dave Van Ronk 3:33
114
Betty and Dupree Dave Van Ronk 3:38
115
Come Back, Baby Dave Van Ronk 3:55
116
My Baby’s So Sweet Dave Van Ronk 2:36
117
Black Mountain Blues Dave Van Ronk 4:04
118
Yas-Yas-Yas Dave Van Ronk 2:06
201
Willie the Weeper Dave Van Ronk 2:51
202
Dink’s Song Dave Van Ronk 3:46
203
Santy Anno Dave Van Ronk 1:46
204
Leave Her, Johnny Dave Van Ronk 1:31
205
Tell Old Bill Dave Van Ronk 4:30
206
Careless Love Dave Van Ronk 2:58
207
Standing by My Window Dave Van Ronk 4:58
208
Please See My Grave Is Kept Clean Dave Van Ronk 2:58
209
Had More Money Dave Van Ronk 3:09
210
If You Leave Me, Pretty Mama Dave Van Ronk 3:09
211
Hesitation Blues Dave Van Ronk 2:35
212
In the Pines Dave Van Ronk 3:09
213
Oh, What a Beautiful City Dave Van Ronk 3:16
214
Mean Old Frisco Dave Van Ronk 2:57
215
Stackalee Dave Van Ronk 2:46
216
How Long Dave Van Ronk 3:52
217
Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down Dave Van Ronk 4:53
218
House of the Rising Sun Dave Van Ronk 6:10
301
Hootchie Kootchie Man Dave Van Ronk 3:15
302
Reckless Blues Dave Van Ronk 2:31
303
Trouble in Mind Dave Van Ronk 2:26
304
Oh Lord, Search My Heart Dave Van Ronk 3:57
305
God Bless the Child Dave Van Ronk 3:18
306
Losers Dave Van Ronk 3:18
307
Another Time and Place Dave Van Ronk 4:30
308
Garden State Stomp Dave Van Ronk 2:52
309
Motherless Children Dave Van Ronk 3:13
310
Don’t You Leave Me Here (I'm Alabama Bound) Dave Van Ronk 4:43
311
Spike Driver Blues Dave Van Ronk 6:50
312
Down South Blues Dave Van Ronk 5:12
313
St. James Infirmary (Gambler’s Blues) Dave Van Ronk 4:26
314
Ace in the Hole Dave Van Ronk 4:23
315
Going Down Slow Dave Van Ronk 3:29
316
Buckets of Rain Dave Van Ronk 3:55
317
Jelly Jelly Dave Van Ronk 3:03
318
Sometime (Whatcha Gonna Do) Dave Van Ronk 2:37

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