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Thanksgiving from Smithsonian Folkways

Thanksgiving celebrates the blessings that we all share. In this spirit, “Thanksgiving from Smithsonian Folkways” explores themes of thanks, homecoming, and food. David and Billie Ray Johnson's bluegrass rendition of “Kentucky Waltz” and Elizabeth Cotten's blues, “Vastopol,” convey the feeling of contentment and peace in Thanksgiving, while Jim Nollman's cover of “Froggy-Went-a-Courtin' (300 Turkeys)” and Don Bryant and Pete Kuykendall's version of “Turkey in the Straw” encapsulate the joy and fun of this time of year. The playlist features more, including Native American and Georgia church choirs, and Brian Mackness' contribution titled, fittingly, “Family.”