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Lead Belly, “Princess Elizabeth” from Lead Belly: Smithsonian-Folkways Collection (2015)

Lead Belly, “Princess Elizabeth” from Lead Belly: Smithsonian-Folkways Collection (2015)

A previously unheard song finds Lead Belly singing about an event both literally and figuratively a world away from his life in the piney woods.

Lead Belly, “Been So Long [Bellevue Hospital Blues]” (2015): One Track Mind

Lead Belly, “Been So Long [Bellevue Hospital Blues]” (2015): One Track Mind

A previously unheard song from blues legend Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter finds him in an impish mood, even while losing a battle with ALS.

Bob Dylan and the Band, “Ain’t No More Cane [Take 2]” (1967): One Track Mind

Bob Dylan and the Band, “Ain’t No More Cane [Take 2]” (1967): One Track Mind

In reanimating age-old songs like “Ain’t No More Cane,” Bob Dylan and the Band began a journey toward undiscovered new vistas.

Cat Stevens, “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone” (2014): One Track Mind

Cat Stevens, “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone” (2014): One Track Mind

Cat Stevens covers Lead Belly’s dark tale of escape, pointing the way to what could have been a very different career path.

Heritage Blues Orchestra – And Still I Rise (2012)

This begins, as most blues albums do, with a stamping rhythm and this heartfelt lyric in celebration of a bunch of stuff that’s not good for you. Only then, that chewed-clean template is joined by these bright blasts of shiny brass newness.

Thousands of legendary recordings from folklorist Alan Lomax will be available for streaming soon

Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his life making priceless recordings of some of the most important early figures in American music — from his famed recordings of Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter to Jelly Roll Morton, from Muddy Waters to Woody Guthrie.

Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter – Bourgeois Blues (1997)

Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter – Bourgeois Blues (1997)

Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter was a man of sweeping appetites, for songs, for drink and for life. This made his music rugged and true, but also got him into his share of big trouble. Very big. Ledbetter, born on Jan. 29, 1885 on the Jeter Plantation near Mooringsport, La., would spend several stints in jail, once reportedly lived as aRead More

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