Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

The Only Folk Collection You'll Ever Need

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

The Only Folk Collection You'll Ever Need

Article excerpt

Folk newbies and experts will find much to like on this wide-ranging anthology

OK, so it's probably not the only folk collection you'll ever need (Harry Smith's sprawling 1951 Anthology of American Folk Music is a stronger candidate), but as a folk-music primer it's darned good.

And if you consider yourself a folk-music aficionado, it'll work as well, given that these songs stretch back 80 years.

The 30 tracks included on this two-disc set span five decades, from the Carter Family's original 1935 recording of "Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)" to Odetta's mighty 1973 rendition of Brother Claude Ely's "Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down."

Along the way, there are historically important songs, often topical, by key figures in the folk movement, artists whose work is firmly stitched in the fabric of our culture: Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter ("Rock Island Line"), Woody Guthrie ("This Land Is Your Land"), the Stanley Brothers ("I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow"), Bob Dylan ("The Times They Are A-Changin'"), Pete Seeger ("If I Had a Hammer"), Mississippi John Hurt ("I Shall Not Be Moved"), Doc Watson ("Sitting on Top of the World"), and Phil Ochs ("I Ain't Marching Anymore"). …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.