WORLDS OF SOUND: THE BALLAD OF FOLKWAYS
Folkways Records founder Moses Asch turned the music business model on its head. He avoided hit makers and catered to unknown musicians. He dug into vanishing traditions around the world to harness music and sounds that inspire people. Artists like Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly can still be heard on this original indie label with the mission of gathering sound and spreading it to the people.
WORLDS OF SOUND
This is the story of the little record label that could. Smithsonian Folkways is the place where a world of sound is at your fingertips.
MUSIC FOR THE PEOPLE
If you have ever listened to Lead Belly, Pete Seeger or Woody Guthrie, then you must know Moses Asch. Discover the man behind the music.
If I Had My Way
Reverend Davis' version of "If I Had My Way"was covered by Peter, Paul and Mary in the 1960s and by The Grateful Dead in the 1970s.
Tracy Schwarz composed this lovely and unusual fiddle tune in 1964.
The New Lost City Ramblers
The songs title refers to its origins as a blues song about gambling. This 1925 recording made the song a standard that survived into the bluegrass era.
Mountain Music of Peru, Vol. 1
John Cohen recorded the band of Sacsamarca in a Peruvian village. He saw clear parallels between the Peruvian band and small hillbilly bands of the United States.
Mountain Music of Kentucky
John Cohen recorded these musicians in Hazard, Kentucky in 1959. Cohen said "Their music reflects a way whole way of life, a total experience of hard work and hard living."
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