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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.

Something Else! sneak peek: The Seldom Scene with Emmylou Harris, “Hickory Wind” (2014)

Emmylou Harris returns to a Gram Parsons song she first took on for 1979’s Grammy-winning Blue Kentucky Girl, only this time alongside the Seldom Scene as the DC-area bluegrass group makes its Smithsonian Folkways debut.

One Track Mind: The Dust Busters with John Cohen, "Black Jack Daisy" (2012)

There may not be a more unlikely well-spring of hootenanny folk, jug-band blues and heart-bursting country balladry than any group of 20-somethings — but the Dust Busters have always been anything but typical.

Smithsonian Folkways to release Woody at 100 box set; hear a previously unreleased Woody Guthrie song!

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is preparing a new box set in honor of the Woody Guthrie Centennial. Called simply Woody at 100, it’s set for release on July 10, 2012, four days before the treasured musician would have turned 100 years old.

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

Cephas and Wiggins – Richmond Blues (2008)

Cephas and Wiggins – Richmond Blues (2008)

NICK DERISO: Cephas and Wiggins, America’s best remaining champions of the easterly Piedmont blues tradition, somehow never really made it. I mean, Robert Cray-type made it. Stevie Ray-type made it. A shame. Self-taught harp player Phil Wiggins, from Washington D.C., met John Cephas as the 1960s blues revival was in full swing. A terrific writer — “Roberta,” “Dog Days ofRead More

Lux Lewis, Champion Jack Dupree, Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, Memphis Slim, others – Classic Piano Blues (2008)

NICK DERISO: This Smithsonian Folkways release, issued today, is a hot-dawg compilation that sets up both as primer for the new-to-this and reminder for the been-there-done-that crowd. A remarkably deep catalogue has helped the label continue for years with a series of myth-confirming sets. “Classic Piano Blues” is no different, featuring everything from Meade “Lux” Lewis to Champion Jack Dupree,Read More

Michael Doucet – From Now On (2008)

Recorded live — and I do mean live, with no rehearsals and no overdubs — this new release from Cajun master fiddler Michael Doucet possesses a passionate immediacy. And not just in the playing. Once on an academic career track, the LSU graduate long ago (as he once famously said) “traded Blake for Balfa,” but Doucet never gave up onRead More

Snooks Eaglin – New Orleans Street Singer (1959)

by Nick DeRiso A truly special, even virtuoso, street-level discovery, Snooks Eaglin burst onto the musical landscape with this nearly uncatagorizable debut. The in-joke around New Orleans was that he was presented as a “folk” musician, when in actuality the then-22-year-old Eaglin had already been playing in electric blues and R&B bands for a decade. In fact, he’d gotten hisRead More

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