American Roots Music CD (2001)

Artist: Various Artists

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Label Palm Pictures
SKU 60508047
UPC 660200207526
UPC 14 00660200207526
Format CD
Release Date 10/30/2001
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Author Various Artists
Technical Info
CatalogID 2075
Lable Name Palm
Released 09/01/2004
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 4
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00660200207526
Album Notes and Credits
Several performances have been newly recorded for the AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC series. Also includes a 56-page booklet with photos, an American Roots Music "timeline" as well as extensive track-by-track annotation.
Compilation producers: Jim Brown, Sarah Cullen, Jeff Rosen, Richard Bauer.
Includes liner notes by Robert Santelli plus song annotations by Robert Santelli, Charles Wolfe, Holly George-Warren, Alwxander Ewen, Manuel Pena and John Swenson.
Digitally remastered by Alan Silverman (Arf Digital).
The successes of the breakthrough soundtrack from the film O Brother Where Art Thou? and the in-depth PBS television series Ken Burns' Jazz seem to have combined in the 2001 production of Palm Pictures' four-part TV series American Roots Music. The series touches on the development of the distinctly American styles of traditional folk, country, blues, gospel, Western swing, bluegrass, cajun, zydeco, Tejano, and Native American music. Corresponding with the television event, Palm has released a four-CD box set soundtrack with a 48-page booklet covering the styles covered during the show. Much like a broadened version of the amazing Washington Square Memoirs: The Great Urban Folk Boom, 1950-1970 CD set, American Roots Music has pulled together an impressive list of performers, including the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe, B.B. King, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, Son House, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, the Staple Singers, Clifton Chenier, Flaco Jimenez, and Bob Dylan. The depth of the track selection is impressive, as is the breadth of the performers chosen. The producers have chosen to include some studio recordings, and some audio tracks taken from the film archives, making for a somewhat uneven sound quality. While the previously unreleased nature of these select tracks will appeal to collectors and die-hard fans, those just exploring these styles might be turned off by the rough quality of these performances. The discs span more than eight decades of music, acting as a good overview of these genres for new listeners, while Americana enthusiasts will view it as another great collection of the most influential American roots artists in music history. [Also available from Palm is a 19-song CD sampler entitled American Roots Music: Highlights and a video collection containing the entire television series on DVD and VHS.] ~ Zac Johnson
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (11/16/01, p.136) - "...A stripped-to-the-bone, primer to some of the most vital music of the 20th century..." - Rating: B
Down Beat (May 2002, p.58) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...An impressive collection, telling America's story quite accurately via context and song..."
Mojo (Publisher) (7/02, p.117) - "...Features most of the genres key players and seminal songs...plus some archival rarities and some new traditionalist songs..."
Disc 1
1 American Roots Music Theme - Ricky Skaggs/Earl Scruggs/James Cotton/Marc & Ann Savoy (new recording),King Biscuit Time Theme, The - James Cotton (new recording),Joshua Fit de Battle - Fisk University Jubilee Singers,Allons A Lafayette - Joe Falcon/Cleoma Breaux
2 Waiting For A Train - Jimmie Rodgers,Crazy Blues - Mamie Smith,Precious Lord Take My Hand - Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey,Madame Atchen - Am?d? Ardoin/Dennis McGee
3 Wildwood Flower - The Carter Family,St. Louis Blues - Bessie Smith,Blind Barnabus - Golden Gate Quartet,Port Arthur Blues - Dewey Balfa
4 Take Me Back To My Old Carolina Home - Uncle Dave Macon,Black Snake Moan - Blind Lemon Jefferson,Down By The Riverside - Sister Rosetta Tharpe,I'm A Hog For You - Clifton Chenier
5 Wabash Cannonball - Roy Acuff,Screamin' And Hollering The Blues - Charley Patton,Move On Up A Little Higher - Mahalia Jackson,Dans La Louisianne - Marc & Ann Savoy (new recording)
6 That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine - Gene Autry,Crossroad Blues - Robert Johnson,Sit Down Servant - The Staple Singers,Ossun Two Step - Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys (new recording)
7 Sitting On Top Of The World - Bob Wills,Death Letter Blues - Son House,Oh Happy Day - Edwin Hawkins,Mal Hombre - Lydia Mendoza
8 Uncle Pen - Bill Monroe,Another Night To Cry - Lonnie Johnson,This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie,Muchacha Bonita - Narciso Mart¡nez
9 Salty Dog Blues - Flatt & Scruggs,Foldin' Bed - Whistler & His Jug Band,Goodnight Irene - Leadbelly,Rosalito - Valerio Longoria, Sr. (new recording)
10 This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie,Boogie Woogie Dream - Albert Ammons/Pete Johnson,So Long It's Been Good To Know You - The Weavers,Las Nubes - Little Joe y la Familia (new recording)
11 Nine Pound Hammer - Merle Travis,Bye Bye Bird - Sonny Boy Williamson II,Soldier and the Lady, The - The New Lost City Ramblers,Ring Of Fire - Mingo Saldivar (new recording)
12 Walking The Floor Over You - Ernest Tubb,Shake For Me - Howlin' Wolf,John Henry - Mississippi John Hurt,Sorry Boy - Flaco Jim?nez (new recording)
13 If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time - Lefty Frizzell,Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters,If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song) - Peter, Paul and Mary,Yeibichei Song - Unidentified Performers
14 Cold, Cold Heart - Hank Williams,Thrill Is Gone, The - B.B. King,We Shall Overcome - The SNCC Freedom Singers/Pete Seeger,Traditional Powwow - Renzel Last Horse & Kiyaksa (new recording)
15 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells,Take a Little Walk With Me - Robert Lockwood, Jr. (new recording),Times They Are a Changin', The - Bob Dylan,Jesus Loves Me - Everette Red Bear/Sandor Iron Rope (new recording)
16 Black Mountain Rag - Doc Watson (new recording),Henry - Keb' Mo' (new recording),Wounded Knee - Floyd Red Crow Westerman (new recording)
17 Earl's Breakdown - Earl Scruggs (new recording),Enchantment Song - R. Carlos Nakai (new recording)
18 Little Maggie - Ralph Stanley (new recording),Dance, The - Robert Mirabal
19 Where Shades Of Love Lie Deep - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (new recording)
Disc 2
1 American Roots Music Theme - Ricky Skaggs/Earl Scruggs/James Cotton/Marc & Ann Savoy (new recording),King Biscuit Time Theme, The - James Cotton (new recording),Joshua Fit de Battle - Fisk University Jubilee Singers,Allons A Lafayette - Joe Falcon/Cleoma Breaux
2 Waiting For A Train - Jimmie Rodgers,Crazy Blues - Mamie Smith,Precious Lord Take My Hand - Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey,Madame Atchen - Am?d? Ardoin/Dennis McGee
3 Wildwood Flower - The Carter Family,St. Louis Blues - Bessie Smith,Blind Barnabus - Golden Gate Quartet,Port Arthur Blues - Dewey Balfa
4 Take Me Back To My Old Carolina Home - Uncle Dave Macon,Black Snake Moan - Blind Lemon Jefferson,Down By The Riverside - Sister Rosetta Tharpe,I'm A Hog For You - Clifton Chenier
5 Wabash Cannonball - Roy Acuff,Screamin' And Hollering The Blues - Charley Patton,Move On Up A Little Higher - Mahalia Jackson,Dans La Louisianne - Marc & Ann Savoy (new recording)
6 That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine - Gene Autry,Crossroad Blues - Robert Johnson,Sit Down Servant - The Staple Singers,Ossun Two Step - Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys (new recording)
7 Sitting On Top Of The World - Bob Wills,Death Letter Blues - Son House,Oh Happy Day - Edwin Hawkins,Mal Hombre - Lydia Mendoza
8 Uncle Pen - Bill Monroe,Another Night To Cry - Lonnie Johnson,This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie,Muchacha Bonita - Narciso Mart¡nez
9 Salty Dog Blues - Flatt & Scruggs,Foldin' Bed - Whistler & His Jug Band,Goodnight Irene - Leadbelly,Rosalito - Valerio Longoria, Sr. (new recording)
10 This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie,Boogie Woogie Dream - Albert Ammons/Pete Johnson,So Long It's Been Good To Know You - The Weavers,Las Nubes - Little Joe y la Familia (new recording)
11 Nine Pound Hammer - Merle Travis,Bye Bye Bird - Sonny Boy Williamson II,Soldier and the Lady, The - The New Lost City Ramblers,Ring Of Fire - Mingo Saldivar (new recording)
12 Walking The Floor Over You - Ernest Tubb,Shake For Me - Howlin' Wolf,John Henry - Mississippi John Hurt,Sorry Boy - Flaco Jim?nez (new recording)
13 If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time - Lefty Frizzell,Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters,If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song) - Peter, Paul and Mary,Yeibichei Song - Unidentified Performers
14 Cold, Cold Heart - Hank Williams,Thrill Is Gone, The - B.B. King,We Shall Overcome - The SNCC Freedom Singers/Pete Seeger,Traditional Powwow - Renzel Last Horse & Kiyaksa (new recording)
15 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells,Take a Little Walk With Me - Robert Lockwood, Jr. (new recording),Times They Are a Changin', The - Bob Dylan,Jesus Loves Me - Everette Red Bear/Sandor Iron Rope (new recording)
16 Black Mountain Rag - Doc Watson (new recording),Henry - Keb' Mo' (new recording),Wounded Knee - Floyd Red Crow Westerman (new recording)
17 Earl's Breakdown - Earl Scruggs (new recording),Enchantment Song - R. Carlos Nakai (new recording)
18 Little Maggie - Ralph Stanley (new recording),Dance, The - Robert Mirabal
19 Where Shades Of Love Lie Deep - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (new recording)
Disc 3
1 American Roots Music Theme - Ricky Skaggs/Earl Scruggs/James Cotton/Marc & Ann Savoy (new recording),King Biscuit Time Theme, The - James Cotton (new recording),Joshua Fit de Battle - Fisk University Jubilee Singers,Allons A Lafayette - Joe Falcon/Cleoma Breaux
2 Waiting For A Train - Jimmie Rodgers,Crazy Blues - Mamie Smith,Precious Lord Take My Hand - Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey,Madame Atchen - Am?d? Ardoin/Dennis McGee
3 Wildwood Flower - The Carter Family,St. Louis Blues - Bessie Smith,Blind Barnabus - Golden Gate Quartet,Port Arthur Blues - Dewey Balfa
4 Take Me Back To My Old Carolina Home - Uncle Dave Macon,Black Snake Moan - Blind Lemon Jefferson,Down By The Riverside - Sister Rosetta Tharpe,I'm A Hog For You - Clifton Chenier
5 Wabash Cannonball - Roy Acuff,Screamin' And Hollering The Blues - Charley Patton,Move On Up A Little Higher - Mahalia Jackson,Dans La Louisianne - Marc & Ann Savoy (new recording)
6 That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine - Gene Autry,Crossroad Blues - Robert Johnson,Sit Down Servant - The Staple Singers,Ossun Two Step - Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys (new recording)
7 Sitting On Top Of The World - Bob Wills,Death Letter Blues - Son House,Oh Happy Day - Edwin Hawkins,Mal Hombre - Lydia Mendoza
8 Uncle Pen - Bill Monroe,Another Night To Cry - Lonnie Johnson,This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie,Muchacha Bonita - Narciso Mart¡nez
9 Salty Dog Blues - Flatt & Scruggs,Foldin' Bed - Whistler & His Jug Band,Goodnight Irene - Leadbelly,Rosalito - Valerio Longoria, Sr. (new recording)
10 This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie,Boogie Woogie Dream - Albert Ammons/Pete Johnson,So Long It's Been Good To Know You - The Weavers,Las Nubes - Little Joe y la Familia (new recording)
11 Nine Pound Hammer - Merle Travis,Bye Bye Bird - Sonny Boy Williamson II,Soldier and the Lady, The - The New Lost City Ramblers,Ring Of Fire - Mingo Saldivar (new recording)
12 Walking The Floor Over You - Ernest Tubb,Shake For Me - Howlin' Wolf,John Henry - Mississippi John Hurt,Sorry Boy - Flaco Jim?nez (new recording)
13 If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time - Lefty Frizzell,Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters,If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song) - Peter, Paul and Mary,Yeibichei Song - Unidentified Performers
14 Cold, Cold Heart - Hank Williams,Thrill Is Gone, The - B.B. King,We Shall Overcome - The SNCC Freedom Singers/Pete Seeger,Traditional Powwow - Renzel Last Horse & Kiyaksa (new recording)
15 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells,Take a Little Walk With Me - Robert Lockwood, Jr. (new recording),Times They Are a Changin', The - Bob Dylan,Jesus Loves Me - Everette Red Bear/Sandor Iron Rope (new recording)
16 Black Mountain Rag - Doc Watson (new recording),Henry - Keb' Mo' (new recording),Wounded Knee - Floyd Red Crow Westerman (new recording)
17 Earl's Breakdown - Earl Scruggs (new recording),Enchantment Song - R. Carlos Nakai (new recording)
18 Little Maggie - Ralph Stanley (new recording),Dance, The - Robert Mirabal
19 Where Shades Of Love Lie Deep - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (new recording)
Disc 4
1 American Roots Music Theme - Ricky Skaggs/Earl Scruggs/James Cotton/Marc & Ann Savoy (new recording),King Biscuit Time Theme, The - James Cotton (new recording),Joshua Fit de Battle - Fisk University Jubilee Singers,Allons A Lafayette - Joe Falcon/Cleoma Breaux
2 Waiting For A Train - Jimmie Rodgers,Crazy Blues - Mamie Smith,Precious Lord Take My Hand - Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey,Madame Atchen - Am?d? Ardoin/Dennis McGee
3 Wildwood Flower - The Carter Family,St. Louis Blues - Bessie Smith,Blind Barnabus - Golden Gate Quartet,Port Arthur Blues - Dewey Balfa
4 Take Me Back To My Old Carolina Home - Uncle Dave Macon,Black Snake Moan - Blind Lemon Jefferson,Down By The Riverside - Sister Rosetta Tharpe,I'm A Hog For You - Clifton Chenier
5 Wabash Cannonball - Roy Acuff,Screamin' And Hollering The Blues - Charley Patton,Move On Up A Little Higher - Mahalia Jackson,Dans La Louisianne - Marc & Ann Savoy (new recording)
6 That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine - Gene Autry,Crossroad Blues - Robert Johnson,Sit Down Servant - The Staple Singers,Ossun Two Step - Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys (new recording)
7 Sitting On Top Of The World - Bob Wills,Death Letter Blues - Son House,Oh Happy Day - Edwin Hawkins,Mal Hombre - Lydia Mendoza
8 Uncle Pen - Bill Monroe,Another Night To Cry - Lonnie Johnson,This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie,Muchacha Bonita - Narciso Mart¡nez
9 Salty Dog Blues - Flatt & Scruggs,Foldin' Bed - Whistler & His Jug Band,Goodnight Irene - Leadbelly,Rosalito - Valerio Longoria, Sr. (new recording)
10 This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie,Boogie Woogie Dream - Albert Ammons/Pete Johnson,So Long It's Been Good To Know You - The Weavers,Las Nubes - Little Joe y la Familia (new recording)
11 Nine Pound Hammer - Merle Travis,Bye Bye Bird - Sonny Boy Williamson II,Soldier and the Lady, The - The New Lost City Ramblers,Ring Of Fire - Mingo Saldivar (new recording)
12 Walking The Floor Over You - Ernest Tubb,Shake For Me - Howlin' Wolf,John Henry - Mississippi John Hurt,Sorry Boy - Flaco Jim?nez (new recording)
13 If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time - Lefty Frizzell,Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters,If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song) - Peter, Paul and Mary,Yeibichei Song - Unidentified Performers
14 Cold, Cold Heart - Hank Williams,Thrill Is Gone, The - B.B. King,We Shall Overcome - The SNCC Freedom Singers/Pete Seeger,Traditional Powwow - Renzel Last Horse & Kiyaksa (new recording)
15 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells,Take a Little Walk With Me - Robert Lockwood, Jr. (new recording),Times They Are a Changin', The - Bob Dylan,Jesus Loves Me - Everette Red Bear/Sandor Iron Rope (new recording)
16 Black Mountain Rag - Doc Watson (new recording),Henry - Keb' Mo' (new recording),Wounded Knee - Floyd Red Crow Westerman (new recording)
17 Earl's Breakdown - Earl Scruggs (new recording),Enchantment Song - R. Carlos Nakai (new recording)
18 Little Maggie - Ralph Stanley (new recording),Dance, The - Robert Mirabal
19 Where Shades Of Love Lie Deep - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (new recording)

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