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Songbook, Vol.1

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Shady Grove
Artist: Colby Maddox
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Take This Hammer
Artist: Jon Langford
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I Know You Rider
Artist: Linda Smith
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Browns Ferry Blues
Artist: Robbie Fulks
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Trouble In Mind
Artist: Alice Peacock
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Aragon Mill
Artist: Rita Ruby
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Worried Man Blues
Artist: Chris Walz
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Salty Dog
Artist: Rick Sherry (Devil In A Woodpile)
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Cripple Creek
Artist: Steve Rosen
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Deep River Blues
Artist: Janet Bean (Freakwater)
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Amazing Grace
Artist: Rob Anderlik & Erin Flynn
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St. James Infirmary
Artist: Pete Special
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Don't This Road
Artist: Andrea Bunch & Aerin Tedesco
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Down In The Valley
Artist: Bill Brickey
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Old Dog Tray
Artist: Kathy Cowan
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Drunken Sailor
Artist: Dan Zanes & His Band
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Erie Canal
Artist: Ted & Marcia Johnson
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Wabash Cannonball
Artist: Danny Barnes
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Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Artist: Elaine Moore
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Wayfaring Stranger
Artist: John Stirratt (Wilco)
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Freight Train
Artist: Mark Dvorak
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Midnight Special
Artist: Steve Levitt
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Goodnight Irene
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Total Tracks: 23   Total Length: 76:54

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Folkadelic

The Old Town School has succeeded in putting out a three CD series of fantastic folk/bluegrass recordings, great sound quality,simple tunes, but standards. This series is by far one of the hidden jewels on EMUSIC. Don't pass it by!

They Say All Music Guide

What Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 1 looks like at first is yet another of those Smithsonian/Folkways collections of recordings from the Great Folk Scare of the late 1950s and ’60s: on the cover is a group of earnest, young urban kids sitting in a small circle, one with an acoustic guitar, all intently studying what can only be the Music of the People. But look more closely and you see something different: a song list that could have come straight from one of those Smithsonian/Folkways albums (“Shady Grove,” “Trouble in Mind,” “St. James Infirmary” — even, heaven help us, “Old Dog Tray”) — but with an artist roster that includes members of the Mekons, Wilco, Eleventh Dream Day and Bad Livers. It’s a motley crew and they provide a motley array of performances: Alice Peacock’s rendition of “Trouble in Mind” is brilliant, as is Janet Beveridge Bean’s cool and deliberate take on “Deep River Blues,” and Kathy Cowan manages to make a gentle and unassuming silk purse out of a sow’s ear with her unaffected rendition of the maudlin “Old Dog Tray.” Sadly, a few of the singers can’t resist the temptation to ham it up: Chris Walz over-emotes embarrassingly on “Worried Man Blues,” and Pete Special hijacks “St. James Infirmary” and turns it into a showcase for his (poor) Dr. John impression. But overall, these artists tend to shed new light on some of the most familiar songs in the folk revival canon, so good for them. – Rick Anderson

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