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Virginia Traditions: Virginia Work Songs

Various Artists
Virginia Traditions: Virginia Work Songs

Few states in this country can boast of more diverse folkways than Virginia. Many of the material objects—such as barns, tools, and furniture—reflect the traditions that shaped the lives of its earliest settlers and the generations of Virginians who followed. The Commonwealth’s performance traditions of songs, tunes, and tales also tell of a shared heritage involving all classes of people in every facet of life. Because traditions naturally change over time, the documentation of Virginia folk culture is an ongoing process essential to our understanding of the past, present, and future. By recording the folkways of Virginia, the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College and its BRI Record label strive to foster a greater appreciation of our folk roots through an array of interpretive programs.

Track Listing

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On a Monday John Williams and Group 3:39
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102
Oh Lord, They Don't 'Low Me to Beat 'Em Willie Williams 2:35
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103
Biting Spider Willie Williams and Group 2:38
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104
The Man Was Burning Joe Lee 1:20
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105
Can't You Line 'Em James Wilson, R. Ramsay, George Goram, R. Brown, J. Kirby, Lemuel Jones, C. Meekins, and Ed Lewis 1:54
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106
The New Burying Ground Willie Williams and Group 3:21
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107
Evalina Crew of the "Charles J. Colonna" 3:25
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108
Drinking of the Wine Walter Kegler and the Crew of the "Barnegat" 1:57
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109
Every Mail Day William Thompson, John Ball, William Carter, E.B. Chewning, Capt. Matthew Gaskins, Aurelius Henderson, William Johnson, Eddie Laws, Benjamin Smith, an 2:47
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201
Lazarus William Thompson, John Ball, William Carter, E.B. Chewning, Capt. Matthew Gaskins, Aurelius Henderson, William Johnson, Eddie Laws, Benjamin Smith, an 3:09
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202
Sleep On Lena Thompson, Lucy Scott, and Lucy Smith 2:33
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203
Come Along Down John Mantley, Raleigh Griffin, Ernest Johnson, Lee Wynn, and William Wynn 2:02
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204
I'm Not Paying Them For Singing Lee Wynn 1:47
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205
On My Way to New Orleans Lee Wynn and John Mantley 2:36
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206
Wade in the Water Rev. Timothy Hayes, Beulah Brown, Ruth Coston, Nathaniel McKelvin, Everett Ware, and Rosa Wilson 3:29
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207
I Don't Want Nobody Stumbling Over me Creola Johnson and Audrey Davis and Group 4:03
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208
Sitdown Servant Rev. Timothy Hayes, Beulah Brown, Ruth Coston, Nathaniel McKelvin, Everett Ware, and Rosa Wilson 3:17

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