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American Folk Music and Folklore Recordings: A Selected List 1991

Jennifer Cutting
Project Coordinator

American Folklife Center
Library of Congress Washington 1992


SELECTION PANEL FOR 1991

  • Horace Boyer University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Charlotte Heth University of California, Los Angeles
  • Kip Lornell Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Terry Miller Center for the Study of World Music, Kent State University
  • Dick Spottswood WAMU FM Radio, Washington, D.C.

Available free of charge from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540

ISSN 0748-5905

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INTRODUCTION

Since 1928 the Library of Congress has been collecting sound recordings, manuscripts, motion pictures, and photographs that document America's folk artists; and for the last fifty years the Library has published a series of phonograph records and audiocassettes that provide highlights from the collections in the Archive of Folk Culture. In keeping with this effort, since 1983 the Library's American Folklife Center has published _American Folk Music and Folklore Recordings: A Selected List_ to help promote the best recordings of American folk music and folklore issued by various companies and organizations the previous year.

Small companies and organizations produce the greatest number of contemporary traditional music recordings. Many recordings result from field research projects that have received support from state arts councils, state humanities committees, and the Folk Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts. Although these folk music and folklore recordings elude mainstream distribution networks and seldom appear in record shops and catalogs, they present some of the finest examples of American folk artistry and help to encourage performers in local communities. The recordings are also valuable resources for students, teachers, and libraries. We hope that the publication of this annotated list will foster an increased awareness of such recordings and of the forms of expression they present.

Each year a panel of specialists in American traditional music meets to select a group of outstanding recordings from the approximately three hundred compact discs, audiocassettes, and phonograph records submitted by producers and manufacturers or suggested by various interested parties. The resulting list is not comprehensive but is intended to make known to libraries, educators, and others important recent sound recordings. To be eligible for consideration for the 1992 list, a recording must: 1. have been released in 1992 (or 1991 if not previously submitted);

2. feature cultural traditions found within the United States;

3. emphasize "root traditions" over popular adaptations of traditional materials;

4. be conveniently available to purchasers in the United States;

5. include well-annotated liner notes or accompanying booklets relating the recordings to the performers, their communities, genres, styles, or other pertinent information.

The American Folklife Center hopes that this list will encourage the continuing production of documentary folk recordings, which in turn will help conserve our country's rich folk heritage. We also hope that the list will stimulate record companies to include sufficient documentation with each recording to make it an efficient tool for education.

The recordings in the following annotated listings are produced by the companies and organizations listed at the end of the booklet. None of the recordings listed is manufactured or distributed by the Library of Congress. The booklet also lists other publications that review folk music and folklore recordings, and major mail-order dealers of folk recordings. We have included Library of Congress control numbers for the convenience of librarians; they need not be used when ordering these recordings from the particular company.

To nominate recordings for the 1992 list or to receive additional copies of this booklet, please write to: Selected List, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540. __________________________________________________________

_Willie Kent: Ain't It Nice_. Delmark Records 653. CD and cassette. Contemporary West Side blues from bandleader, bass player, and vocalist Wille Kent, who moved to Chicago from his native Mississippi as a teenager in the 1950s and has since become a veteran of the Chicago club scene. Kent is accompanied here by his band The Gents on guitar, harmonica, piano and organ, and drums; vocalist Bonnie Lee guests on one selection. Seven of the eleven tracks are Kent originals. Notes by Justin O'Brien. Contemporary / African-American / Blues: Chicago

_Tony de la Rosa: Asi Se Baila En Tejas_. Rounder CD 6046. CD. Now in semi-retirement, Tony de la Rosa was a seminal figure in the development of modern (post 1940s) _conjunto_, a Mexican- American dance music tradition from south Texas. De la Rosa, a singer and diatonic button accordion player with a characteristic staccato style, is credited with introducing the drum set, electric bass, and amplification of the _bajo sexto_ (12-string guitar used in conjuntos). The album contains an almost even mix of songs and instrumentals, including polkas and a waltz. Other band members are Danny Flores on _bajo sexto_, Greg Paredes on bass and vocals, and Robert Riojas on drums. Notes by Jose R. Reyna include Spanish/English lyric transcriptions and translations. Contemporary / Mexican-American / Conjunto

_Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys: Mule Skinner Blues_. RCA Heritage Series, RCA/BMG Music 2494. CD. Earliest recordings of mandolinist/singer Bill Monroe, the "father of bluegrass music" with his band the Blue Grass Boys. The album contains all sixteen songs recorded during two 1940 and 1941 sessions recorded in Atlanta for RCA Bluebird, including Monroe's groundbreaking version of Jimmie Rodgers's "Mule Skinner Blues" and the showy "Orange Blossom Special," which would become a bluegrass standard. The lineup for the 1940 session featured Monroe with Clyde Moody on guitar and vocals, Tommy Magness on fiddle and vocals, and Bill "Cousin Wilbur" Westbrook on bass. In the 1941 session, Art Wooten replaces Magness on fiddle and Pete Pyle replaces Moody on guitar and vocals. Notes by Billy Altman provide historical and biographical information, and photos. Historical / Bluegrass.

_Blind Boy Fuller: East Coast Piedmont Style_. Columbia Roots N' Blues Series CK 46777. CD. Twenty songs from influential 1930s bluesman Blind Boy Fuller (AKA Fulton Allen). Eleven of the selections date from his first recording trip to New York City in 1935, and nine are from sessions recorded over the following four years, including five previously unissued takes. On most selections, Fuller accompanies his own singing on solo guitar; some selections feature guitar accompaniment by Blind Gary Davis and washboard accompaniment by Bull City Red (AKA George Washington). A young Sonny Terry provides harmonica accompaniment to Fuller's slide guitar on "I'm a Stranger Here." Notes by Bruce Bastin contain historical and biographical information, photos, and other documentation. Historical / African-American / Blues: Piedmont

_Boozoo Chavis_. American Explorer Series, Elektra Nonesuch 961146. CD/cassette. Original songs and tunes from Louisiana button accordion player and singer Wilson "Boozoo" Chavis, now in the second phase of his career after a twenty-year hiatus. Chavis is known for his 1954 hit, "Paper In My Shoe," the first commercial recording of zydeco, the accordion-driven dance music of Gulf Coast Creoles that blends Cajun, African-Caribbean, blues, and early rock influences. On this recording, Chavis plays three selections solo; band members on the other selections include his sons Charles (rubboard) and Rellis (drums) as well as "Guitar" Thomas (guitar), Classie Ballou, Jr. (bass), and Nathaniel Fontenot (rhythm guitar). Notes by Ben Sandmel. Contemporary / African-American Creole / Zydeco

_Flatt&Scruggs: 1948 - 1959. Bear Family Records BCD 15472. CD. Four-CD set contains the complete recordings made by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys for Mercury and Columbia Records between 1948 and April, 1959. Flatt (singer, songwriter, and guitarist) and Scruggs (three-finger-style banjoist who pioneered the use of the five-string banjo as a lead instrument) met as members of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and went on to form the most popular bluegrass band of the 1950s. The set includes their classic material, presented in the sequence in which it was recorded. Booklet by Neil Rosenberg contains historical information, detailed notes on the recording sessions, and discography as well as photos and other illustrations. Historical / Bluegrass.

_Folk Song America: A 20th Century Revival_. Smithsonian Collection of Recordings 046 21489. 6-LP/4-cassette/4-CD set. The most comprehensive survey of the American folk revival published to date, this ninety-nine selection recording anthology and companion book chronicle the history and breadth of the revival in the United States from the 1920s through the 1980s. Selections are arranged in roughly chronological order. One-hundred-eleven- page companion book by Norm Cohen contains a history of the revival, photos, bibliography, and headnotes for each selection that include recording session data. Historical and Contemporary / Folk Revival

_Holley Hundley, Wavie Chappell, Homer Sampson, and Hazel Stover: Folksongs&Ballads, Volume 3_. Augusta Heritage Recordings AHR 009. Cassette. Field recording anthology of mostly unaccompanied ballads, songs, and hymns from four West Virginia traditional singers. Most of the selections are sung by retired coal miner Holley Hundley, whose repertoire includes American versions of British ballads and American ballads specific to West Virginia railroads, such as "Billy Richardson's Last Ride" and "The FFV." Hundley's daughter Wavie Chappell contributes a family version of a British ballad. Other selections include a Primitive Baptist hymn and a song whose lyrics were taken from a McGuffey Reader, sung by Hazel Stover; and a Civil War song from Homer Sampson. Several of the songs have introductions from the singers. Contemporary / Appalachian.

_Good Time Blues: Harmonicas, Kazoos, Washboards&Cow-bells_. Columbia Roots N' Blues Series CK 46780. CD. A collection of upbeat blues and boogie recorded between 1930 and 1941 by a variety of jug, skiffle, washboard, bucket, or jook bands, so named for their instrumentation and the places they played. Such bands created their characteristic sounds by combining standard instruments like piano, harmonica, and guitar with unorthodox or improvised instruments like jugs, kazoos, spoons, and washboards. This collection includes selections by the Memphis Jug Band, Bernice Edwards, Sonny Terry, and others. Also includes the first recording ever made by Peter Chatman, later known as Memphis Slim. Booklet contains photos and extensive notes by David Evans. Historical / African-American / Blues: Jug Band

_The Gospel Harmonettes of Demopolis, Alabama_. Global Village C 224. Cassette. First organized in 1974, the Gospel Harmonettes chose their name in tribute to Birmingham's Dorothy Love Coates and the Gospel Harmonettes. This community-based, all-woman _a cappella_ quartet includes Lessie Sanders (alto, lead), Rose Smith (ensemble soprano), Annie Wilks (soprano, lead), and her daughter Linda Wilks (alto, lead). The recording contains twelve of the Harmonettes's female quartet-style versions of songs dating mostly from the 1950s on, punctuated by their own and the congregation's rhythmic clapping. The recording was made at the Harmonettes's home church in Demopolis. Notes by Doug Seroff. Contemporary / African-American / Gospel

The Gospel Tradition: The Roots and The Branches, Volume 1_. Columbia Gospel Spirit Series CK 47333. CD. This anthology shows the breadth of gospel music styles and gospel's pervasive influence on American popular music with selections that range from black quartet singing to Hollywood cowboy harmony, blues, jazz-gospel, old-time, and calypso. Half of the selections are unaccompanied; accompaniments on the rest include string band, jazz combo, and more. Includes cuts from artists not usually associated with gospel, such as blues singer Bessie Smith and western swing bandleader Bob Wills; also a rare recording of a gospel song backed by a black string band. Booklet contains recording session data and notes by Ray Funk. Historical / Gospel

_Honor the Earth Powwow: Songs of the Great Lakes Indians_. Rykodisc 10199. Cassette/CD. Live recording of exceptional clarity, made on location at a powwow in July, 1990, at the Lac Court Oreilles Reservation in northern Wisconsin. The recording documents the Great Lakes style of powwow songs as performed here by Ojibway, Menominee, and Winnebago singers. The repertoire is a typical mix of traditional genres, and includes a new song composed at the event. Notes by Thomas Vennum, Jr. have introductory information and commentary on each song. Contemporary / Native American: Ojibway, Menominee, and Winnebago

_Klezmer Plus! Old Time Yiddish Dance Music featuring Sid Beckerman&Howie Leess_. Flying Fish FF 70488. Cassette/CD. Contemporary recordings of klezmer (Eastern European Yiddish dance music) from a New York City-based group featuring veteran klezmer musicians Sid Beckerman (clarinet) and Howie Leess (tenor saxophone). The recording focuses on the standard repertoire of the Jewish dance bands of the 1930s and '40s, including songs of the Yiddish theatre, wedding dance tunes, and original compositions by Beckerman and his father Shloimke Beckerman. Other band members are Pete Sokolow (piano), Ken Gross (trumpet), Tommy Abruzzo (bass), Si Salzburg (drums), and Henry Sapoznik (tenor banjo). Notes by Sapoznik and Sokolow have brief history of the 1930s and '40s Yiddish music scene, biographies, and notes on each selection. (An extended essay and tune transcriptions for the material on this recording are available from YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 1048 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028.) Contemporary / Klezmer

_Masters Of The Delta Blues: The Friends of Charlie Patton_. Yazoo 2002. Cassette/CD. As the most prominent musician of his time in the central Mississippi Delta, Charlie Patton (1887-1934) shaped generations of blues musicians as teacher, mentor, and influence. This collection features Delta artists associated with Patton: Son House and Tommy Johnson predominate, with additional selections by Willie Brown, Kid Bailey, Bertha Lee, Ishmon Bracey, Louise Johnson, and Bukka White. Three previously unissued cuts include tests of House's "Walking Blues," and Tommy Johnson's "Button Up Shoes" and "Lonesome Home Blues." Two selections by Louise Johnson highlight the seldom documented work of women barrelhouse piano players. Booklet contains photos and notes by Don Kent. Historical / African-American / Blues: Delta

Joe Sanchez, Delio Villareal, and Ray Casias: Matachines: Social&Religious Music of Northern New Mexico, Volume 1_. Ubik Sound UB13. Cassette. Documents the San Juan Pueblo and Alcalde/Chimayo versions of the Matachines, a traditional dance of eight or nine movements performed throughout northern Mexico, New Mexico, and southern Arizona on Saints' and Feast Days by Hispanic and Native American communities. The music is performed here by the trio that usually provides accompaniment in the three villages with a typical instrumentation of violin, six-string guitar, and twelve- string guitar. Side one contains the music that is used in both Alcalde and Chimayo versions of the matachines, as well as six social dance tunes; side two contains the music of the San Juan Pueblo matachines. Insert notes by Adrian Trevino. Contemporary / New Mexico

_Mountain Valley Music: Grassroots Music from Western North Carolina&North Georgia_. John C. Campbell Folk School CFS001. Cassette/booklet set. A regional sampler of music-making traditions across six counties of western North Carolina and north Georgia. Includes Anglo-American shaped-note gospel and African-American gospel from two different church choirs; old- time fiddling, string band music, and songs; bluegrass; a ballad, a guitar instrumental, and a country brother duet-style gospel song. Companion booklet written by Douglas Day gives historical background of music in the region and extensive biographical information on the musicians; many photos. Contemporary / Georgia and North Carolina

_Music Of The Bukharan Jewish Ensemble Shashmaqam: Central Asia in Forest Hills, New York_. Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings CD SF 40054, produced in collaboration with the Ethnic Folk Arts Center. Cassette/CD. Ten-member Shashmaqam was formed in the Forest Hills neighbourhood of Queens, New York, home to a large community of Jews who emigrated from the oasis towns and cities of Central Asia, where the styles of Jewish and Moslem musicians of Iranian and Turkic descent mingled freely. The repertoire on this recording ranges from virtuoso Central Asian classical pieces to wedding and ritual songs, performed on the _tanbur_, _tar_ (long-necked lutes) _doire_, (tambourine), clarinet, _duval_ (kettle drums), and accordion. Liner notes by Ted Levin contain historical background and information on each selection, including English translations of song texts, glossary of instruments used, and biographies of musicians. Contemporary / Bukharan Jewish-American

_My Love is in America: The Boston College Irish Fiddle Festival_. Green Linnet Records GL 1110. Cassette/CD. Recorded live at the Boston College Irish Fiddle Festival, this recording presents sixteen of America's most important Irish-American fiddlers playing traditional and a few recently composed reels, airs, jigs, and hornpipes. The recording emphasizes the melodic and rhythmic interplay in Irish traditional music in that the fiddlers are accompanied by a bodhr n (frame drum), but no chordal instruments such as piano or guitar. The first and last few tune sets, including the title reel "My Love is in America," are played by all the fiddlers in unison; the rest showcase individuals or smaller groupings. Notes by Micheal O Suilleabhain.

_Red Earth Singers of Tama, Iowa: "Live"_. Indian House IH 4503. Cassette. After years of absence from the powwow circuit, the seven-member Red Earth Singers reformed in 1989 and now include two generations of singers. This third recording was made live at a powwow in Taos, New Mexico, and contains songs in the Northern Plains style composed by the group's lead singer Wayne Pushetonequa. Both sides begin with grand entry songs and follow with intertribal songs; side A also contains a shake song. Insert notes by Wayne Pushetonequa contain translations of texted portions of songs. Contemporary / Native American: Mesquakie

_Religious Recordings from Black New Orleans: 1924-1931_. 504 Records LP 20. LP. Reissue collection of rare 78 rpm records that documents diverse styles within an eight-year span of religious recordings made by African-American musicians in New Orleans, including both male and female quartets, large choir and other harmony groups, soloist[s], singing preacher[s], and a three-minute sermon. Twenty-page booklet written and researched by Lynn Abbott has extensive artist biographies and histories, transcriptions of lyrics, photos, and other illustrations. Historical / African-American / Gospel

_Sara&Maybelle Carter_. Bear Family Records BCD 15471. CD. Reissues of two albums recorded for Columbia in 1966 by Sara and Maybelle, two members of the original Carter Family, whose pioneering style helped to define early country music in the 1930s. Selections 1-12 are the contents of the _Historic Reunion_ album made by Sara and Maybelle. Their harmony singing is augmented by bass vocals from A.P. Carter's son Joe; the Carters accompany themselves on guitar, autoharp, and an autoharp-like instrument called the guitaro. Selections 13-24 are the contents of the _Living Legend_ album made by Maybelle six months earlier with accompaniment by session musicians on guitar, bass, and drums. Repertoire on both albums is a mixture of gospel and other songs they recorded commercially as a family in the 1930s, instrumental tunes, an original song by Johnny Cash (Maybelle's son-in-law), and others. Twenty-page booklet has notes by Charles Wolfe, photos, and a discography by Richard Weize. Historical / Country

_Sam-Ang-Sam&Ensemble: Silent Temples, Songful Hearts: Traditional Music of Cambodia_. World Music Press WMP-008. Cassette/soft-cover book set. Education-oriented book and tape set documents Khmer music and culture in Cambodian-American communities in the United States, including children's etiquette, game, and dance songs; boxing music, solo instrumental pieces, the art music of court ensembles, a traditional tale, and a pop/rock _roam vung_ group. The selections on the recording are performed by a group of Cambodian musicians who now reside in the United States. Companion book, coauthored by musician and ethnomusicologist Sam-Ang Sam and music educator Patricia Shehan Campbell, contains photos and other illustrations; information on Cambodian history and culture, Cambodian musical forms and musical instruments; glossary, and bibliography. Lessons corresponding to each recorded selection include musical notation, text, and translation. Study guides containing questions and exercises range from early childhood to adult levels. Contemporary / Cambodian-American.

_Songs of Departure: Vietnamese Traditional Music in Dallas and Fort Worth_. Documentary Arts DA 110. Cassette. Local musicians from immigrant communities in the Dallas and Fort Worth area of Texas play songs and instrumental pieces in the tradition of southern Vietnamese _nhac tai tu_ music, called _cai luong_ theatre when enlarged with more singers, staged, and accompanied with acting. Songs are mostly in the _vong co_, or "longing for the past" style, including one original by singer Rhonda Driver that entreats friends to liberate their home country. The ensemble's instruments are the _don kim_ (long-necked lute), _don xen_ (octagonal lute), _don gao_ (two-stringed coconut shell fiddle), _song lang_ (foot clapper), and the _luc huyen cam_ (modified electric guitar). Notes by Phong Nguyen. Contemporary / Vietnamese-American

_The Stanley Brothers&The Clinch Mountain Boys: 1949-1952_. Bear Family Records BCD 15564. CD. Reissues of the influential recordings made at four sessions for Columbia Records by bluegrass pioneers Ralph and Carter Stanley and various lineups of their band The Clinch Mountain Boys. In these sessions, the Stanleys crystallized their innovative trio vocal sound that featured a high baritone harmony, and recorded a high proportion of their own compositions (all but five of the twenty-two songs and two alternate takes are original). Twenty-page booklet contains many photos, notes by Gary Reid, and a Columbia discography. Historical / Bluegrass

_Marion Williams: Strong Again_. Spirit Feel SF 1013. Cassette/CD. Twenty songs from across the African-American gospel style spectrum from Marion Williams, formerly lead singer with the Clara Ward Singers. This recent album contains some older shout songs with new verses added, quartet classics, gospel blues (including a new performance of her first solo hit "Holy Ghost Don't Leave Me"), contemporary gospel, Dr. Watts hymns (one performed a cappella), spirituals, and altar calls. Williams is accompanied by her band on piano and organ, guitar, bass, and drums. Notes by Anthony Heilbut. Contemporary / African-American / Gospel

_Reverend Nathaniel&Sister Fleeta Mitchell: There's a Bright Side Somewhere_. Global Village C 223. Cassette. Nathaniel and Fleeta Mitchell met as children at the Georgia Academy for the Blind in 1923, married, and have been performing religious music up and down the Eastern Seaboard for a lifetime. The majority of these field recordings are recent; the others were made in 1979 and 1980. Joining the Mitchells on the recent recordings is their long-time singing partner Sister Lucy Barnes; earlier recordings feature Lucy's late husband Brady "Doc" Barnes and two Academy schoolmates Ruth Bowden and Rosa Johnson. Sister Mitchell provides accompaniment on the piano for a mixture of reminiscences; spirituals and hymns learned from church, family, and printed sources; jubilees; "sanctified" songs of the Holiness Church, and gospel songs learned at churches and from recordings. Notes by Art Rosenbaum. Contemporary / African-American / Gospel

_Hank Snow: The Thesaurus Transcriptions_. Bear Family Records BCD 15488. CD. Five-CD set contains the complete set of radio transcriptions recorded between 1950 and 1956 by early country recording artist Hank Snow for RCA under the name Thesaurus. The recordings, which have never before been available commercially, are arranged in chronological order. Almost half the songs were never recorded by Snow anywhere else; others are early and different versions of songs that appear on later albums. Of the 49 vocals and 17 instrumentals unavailable anywhere else, a half dozen are Jimmie Rodgers songs and five are Roy Acuff/Fred Rose collaborations. Others include early classic country songs, songs associated with western swing star Bob Wills, and cover versions of current hits. Snow is backed by his band The Rainbow Ranch Boys, who in various lineups included Tommy Vaden or Chubby Wise on fiddle and Joe Talbot or Buford Gentry on steel guitar. Companion booklet contains Snow's Thesaurus discography, notes by Charles Wolfe, and thirty-page photo history. Historical / Country

_Jim Shumate: Up And At Em_. Heritage Records HRC-C-100. Cassette. Now retired and playing locally in Hickory, North Carolina, fiddler Jim Shumate began his career as a member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys in 1944 and later joined Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs's Foggy Mountain Boys. Repertoire is a mix of selections associated with Shumate's Bill Monroe and Flatt&Scruggs days, and original tunes such as "Callahan," "Arkansas," "Three Part Rag," and the title cut, "Up and At Em." He is accompanied by Eric Ellis on banjo, Vinnard Osborne on mandolin and vocals, Steve Kilby on guitar, and John Shuffler on bass. Insert notes by Bobby Patterson. Contemporary / Bluegrass

_Where the Ravens Roost: Cherokee Traditional Songs of Walker Calhoun_. Mountain Heritage Center MHC-1. Cassette. Ceremonial and social dance songs, stories, and reminiscences from 73-year- old Walker Calhoun of Big Cove, a community in the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee Indian Reservation) in the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina. Calhoun, a native speaker of Cherokee, is a spiritual leader in his community. On the final song, a Cherokee hymn, "Hold to God's Unchanging Hand," Calhoun accompanies himself on the banjo. Flute interludes and background music composed and played by Eddie Bushyhead. Thirty-two-page booklet has notes by Michael Kline, transcriptions of Cherokee song texts and of Calhoun's recollections and explanations of each song. Contemporary / Native American: Cherokee

_Frank Ferrel: Yankee Dreams_. Flying Fish FF 90572. Cassette. New England dance hall fiddler Frank Ferrel plays jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes, and other dance tunes from a mixture of traditional Scottish, Irish, English, Cape Breton, and contemporary sources. Among the sixteen tune sets are six original jigs and an original reel. Ferrel is accompanied by John McGann on guitar and mandolin and Peter Barnes on keyboards. Insert contains brief notes on the tunes. Contemporary / Fiddling / New England

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The following recordings were considered by the panel to be important reissues or new compilations of reissued material, much of which has been out of print for some time. Some feature a few previously unreleased selections. Most of them feature new liner notes, and most are available in compact disc format for the first time.

_The Alligator Records 20th Anniversary Collection_. Alligator ALCD 105/6.

_Bessie Smith: The Complete Recordings, Volumes 1 and 2_. Columbia/Legacy C2K 47091 and 47471.

_Brownie McGhee: The Folkways Years, 1945-1959_. Smithsonian/Folkways CD SF 40034.

_Clifton Chenier: Bon Ton Roulet_. Arhoolie CD 345.

_Cowboy Songs on Folkways_. Smithsonian/Folkways CD SF 40043.

_Flaco Jimenez: Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio_. Arhoolie CD 318.

_Georgia Sea Island Songs_. New World Records 80278-2.

_Howlin' Wolf: The Chess Box_. Chess/MCA CHD3-9332.

_Johnny Shines: Traditional Delta Blues_. Biograph BCD 121.

_Leadbelly: King of the 12-String Guitar_. Columbia Roots N' Blues Series CK 46776.

_Lightning Hopkins: The Gold Star Sessions, Volumes 1 and 2_. Arhoolie CD 330 and 337.

_The Many Sounds of Steve Jordan_. Arhoolie CD 319.

_Red River Blues_. Travelin' Man TM CD 08.

_Roots Of The Blues_. New World Records 80252-2.

_Rose Maddox: Rose of the West Coast Country_. Arhoolie CD 314.

_Rounder Fiddle_. Rounder CD 11565.

_Songs of Earth, Water, Fire, and Sky: Music of the American Indian_. New World Records 80246-2.

_Sonny Terry: The Folkways Years, 1944-1963_. Smithsonian/Folkways CD SF 40033.

_The Stained Glass Hour: Bluegrass and Old-Timey Gospel Music_. Rounder CD 11563.

_White Spirituals from the Sacred Harp: The Alabama Sacred Harp Convention_. New World Records 80205-2.

_Wiregrass Notes: Black Sacred Harp Singing from Southeast Alabama_. Alabama Traditions 102.

Publishers of Recordings Listed in this Booklet

Alabama Traditions c/o Alabama State Council on the Arts 1 Dexter Avenue Montgomery, AL 36104 (205) 242-4076

Alligator Records P.O. Box 60234 Chicago, IL 60660 (312) 973-7736

Arhoolie Productions, Inc. 10341 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito, CA 94530 (510) 525-7471

Augusta Heritage Recordings Davis&Elkins College Elkins, WV 26241 (304) 636-1903

Bear Family Records Achtern Dahl 30 2864 Vollersode GERMANY 011-49-4791-1399

Biograph Records, Inc. 16 River Street Chatham, NY 12037 (518) 392-3400

Chess/MCA Records 70 Universal City Plaza Universal City, CA 91608 (818) 777-4000

Columbia Records c/o Legacy Recordings P.O. Box 4450 New York, NY 10101 (212) 445-2064

Delmark Records 4243 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60618 (312) 528-8834

Documentary Arts, Inc. Post Office Box 140244 Dallas, TX 75214 (214) 824-3377

Elektra Nonesuch 75 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10019 (212) 275-4000

504 Records 1422 Chartres Street, Apt. D New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 947-6909

Flying Fish Records, Inc. 1304 W. Schubert Chicago, IL 60614 (312) 528-5455

Global Village Music 245 West 29th Street New York, NY 10001 (212) 695-6024

Green Linnet Records 43 Beaver Brook Road Danbury, CT 06810 (203) 730-0333

Heritage Records Route 3, Box 278 Galax, VA 24333 (703) 236-9249

Indian House Post Office Box 472 Taos, NM 87571 (505) 776-2953

John C. Campbell Folk School Route 1, Box 14A Brasstown, NC 28902 (704) 837-2775

Mountain Heritage Center Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC 28723 (704) 227-7129

New World Records 701 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10036 (212) 302-0460

RCA Records/BMG Music Distribution Department, 2nd floor 1133 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036 (212) 930-4000

Rounder Records One Camp Street Cambridge, MA 02140 (617) 354-0700

Rykodisc U.S.A. c/o EARFUL Mail Order 530 North 3rd Street Minneapolis, MN 55401 (612) 375-9162

Smithsonian Collection of Recordings 470 L'Enfant Plaza, Suite 7100 Washington, D.C. 20560 (202) 287-3738

Smithsonian/Folkways Records distributed by Roundup Records One Camp Street Cambridge, MA 02140 (617) 661-6308

Spirit Feel Records distributed by Shanachie Entertainment Corp. 37 East Clinton Street Newton, NJ 07860 (201) 579-7763

Travelin' Man distributed by Interstate Music Post Office Box 74 Crawley, West Sussex RH11 OLX UNITED KINGDOM 011-44-293-871-446

Ubik Sound P.O. Box 4771 Albuquerque, NM 87196 (505) 843-9396

World Music Press P.O. Box 2565 Danbury, CT 06813 (203) 748-1131

Yazoo Records distributed by Shanachie Entertainment Corp. 37 East Clinton Street Newton, NJ 07860 (201) 579-7763

For further listings and reviews of folk recordings, consult publications such as American Music, Bluegrass Unlimited, Blues&Rhythm: The Gospel Truth, Cadence, County Sales Newsletter, Devil's Box, Dirty Linen, Disc Collector, Ethnomusicology, Folk Roots, Journal of American Folklore, Juke Blues, Living Blues, Musical Traditions, Old-Time Herald, Old Time Country, Old Time Music, Record Roundup, Rejoice: The Gospel Music Magazine, Roots&Rhythm Newsletter, Sing Out!, Tale Trader, Western Folklore, The World of Music, and Yarnspinner. Ethnomusicology, the journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology, publishes a "Current Discography" feature in each issue. In addition, the free guide Folklife and Ethnomusicology Serial Publications in North America is available from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540.

For a more complete guide to folk record labels and direct mail- order sources, write for the free reference aid Recording Companies in North America Specializing in Folk Music, Folklore and Ethnomusicology (LCFARA 3) prepared by the American Folklife Center.

Mail-Order Dealers of Folk Recordings

Alcazar Records P.O. Box 429 Waterbury, VT 05676 (802) 244-8657

Andy's Front Hall Wormer Road Post Office Box 307 Voorheesville, NY 12186 (518) 765-4193

Appalshop Marketing and Sales 306 Madison Street Whitesburg, KY 41858 (606) 633-0108

The Celtic Trader P.O. Box 35495 Charlotte, NC 28235 (800) 822-2420

Country Dance and Song Society of America 17 New South Street Northampton, MA 01060 (413) 584-9913

County Sales P.O. Box 191 Floyd, VA 24091 (703) 745-2001

Elderly Records 1100 North Washington P.O. Box 14210 Lansing, MI 48901 (517) 372-7890; 372-4161

Flying Fish Records 1304 West Schubert Chicago, IL 60614 (312) 528-5455

House of Musical Traditions 7040 Carroll Avenue Takoma Park, MD 20912 (301) 270-9090

Music of the North American Indian Canyon Records and Indian Arts 4143 North Sixteenth Street Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 266-4823

National Catalog of Storytelling National Storytelling Resource Center P.O. Box 309 Jonesborough, TN 37659 (615) 753-2171

Note-Ably Yours 6865 Scarff Road New Carlisle, OH 45344 (800) 828-0115

Original Music R.D. 1, Box 190 Lasher Road Tivoli, N.Y. 12583 (914) 756-2767

Rooster Blues 232 Sunflower Avenue Clarksdale, MS 38614 (601) 627-2209

Roots&Rhythm Mail Order (formerly Down Home Music) 6921 Stockton Avenue El Cerrito, CA 94530 (510) 525-1494

Roundup Records P.O. Box 154 North Cambridge, MA 02140 (617) 661-6064

Uncle Jim's Country Music Catalog P.O. Box A Arcadia, CA 91066 (800) 776-8742

World Music Institute 49 West 27th Street, no. 810 New York, NY 10001 (212) 545-7536

World Music Press P.O. Box 2565 Danbury, CT 06813 (203) 748-1131

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