Montag, 29. November 2010

The (Original) Carter Family - 1935 ARC Recordings (40 tracks)

New York, NY, May 05, 1935 (5.74 zipped MONO mp3)

01 Carter Family, The - Glory to the Lamb                                                      
02 Carter Family, The - Behind Those Stone Walls                                               
03 Carter Family, The - Sinking in the Lonesome Sea       

New York, NY, May 06, 1935 (8.93 zipped MONO mp3)
01 Carter Family, The - He Took a White Rose from Her Hair.                              
02 Carter Family, The - Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye)                              
03 Carter Family, The - Let's Be Lovers Again                                             
04 Carter Family, The - Your Mother Still Prays (For You, Jack)                                
05 Carter Family, The - Kissing Is a Crime      

New York, NY, May 07, 1935 (20 MB zipped MONO mp3)
01 Carter Family, The - Don't Forget Me Little Darling                                       
02 Carter Family, The - Sad and Lonesome Day                                                   
03 Carter Family, The - By the Touch of Her Hand                                               
04 Carter Family, The - East Virginia Blues No. 2                                              
05 Carter Family, The - My Old Virginia Home                                                
06 Carter Family, The - My Virginia Rose Is Blooming                                          
07 Carter Family, The - My Texas Girl                                                       
08 Carter Family, The - No Other's Bride I'll Be                                             
09 Carter Family, The - Gathering Flowers from the Hillside                                 
10 Carter Family, The - Gospel Ship                                                      
11 Carter Family, The - The Little Black Train                                         

New York, NY, May 08, 1935 (13 MB zipped MONO mp3)
01 Carter Family, The - Keep on the Sunny Side                                               
02 Carter Family, The - River of Jordan                                                        
03 Carter Family, The - Lonesome Valley                                                     
04 Carter Family, The - God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign                                      
05 Carter Family, The - Single Girl, Married Girl                                              
06 Carter Family, The - The Fate of Dewey Lee                                                  
07 Carter Family, The - Wildwood Flower                                                      

New York, NY, May 09, 1935 (11 MB zipped MONO mp3)
01 Carter Family, The - Sea of Galilee                                                       
02 Carter Family, The - Don't Forget This Song                                               
03 Carter Family, The - My Clinch Mountain Home                                               
04 Carter Family, The - The Storms Are on the Ocean                                           
05 Carter Family, The - Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone                                         
06 Carter Family, The - Broken Hearted Lover                                               

New York, NY, May 10, 1935 (15 MB zipped MONO mp3)
01 Carter Family, The - Little Darlin' Pal of Mine                                             
02 Carter Family, The - The Homestead on the Farm                                            
03 Carter Family, The - Cannon Ball Blues                                                   
04 Carter Family, The - Meet Me by the Moonlight Alone                                       
05 Carter Family, The - On the Rock Where Moses Stood                                          
06 Carter Family, The - Lulu Walls                                                        
07 Carter Family, The - I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes                                   
08 Carter Family, The - Worried Man Blues    

ALL TRACKS (75 MB zipped MONO mp3)                                   

1947 Woody Guthrie Radio -- Hootenanny (March 10, 1947)

The complete March 10, 1947 broadcast as heard on CBS radio, with Pete Seeger, Sonny Terry, Woody Guthrie, Eddie Smith, Brownie McGhee, Hally Wood, Sidney Bechet, Pops Foster, Cisco Houston and The Coleman Brothers. Host: John Faulk, written and produced by Alan Lomax (33:40)

01 INTRO & Raise a Ruckus Tonight    
02 JOHN FAULK                                         
03 Ida Red                                                 
04 Feel So Good (Ballin' The Jack)          
05 10,000 Miles                                         
06 Summertime                                         
07 Hard Ain't It Hard                                
09 Talking Blues                                       
10 Rock My Soul                                       
11 John Henry
12 OUTRO & Raise a Ruckus Tonight

(21 MB MONO mp3)
(tracked as above, 21 MB zipped MONO mp3)

Sonntag, 28. November 2010

More Woody Guthrie Radio, 1940

FORECAST #10, "Back Where I Come From",
featuring The Golden Gate Quartet, Woody Guthrie, Len Doyle, Burl Ives, Josh White, Willie Johnson. Host: Clifton Fadiman, written by Alan Lomax & Nicholas Ray.
Broadcast Date: August 19, 1940 (29:41).

03 INTRO; Buffalo Gals; INTRO OF HOST
05 It Ain't Gonna Rain No More
06 When You Hear Them Cuckoos Hollerin'
07 The Erie Canal
10 So Long, It's Been Good To Know You
11 The Foggy Dew
12 CLIFTON FADIMAN                                 
13 God Gave Noah The Rainbow Sign     
14 CLIFTON FADIMAN                                 
15 So Long, It's Been Good To Know You 
16 OUTRO   

DOWNLOAD SHOW AS 16 FILES (tracked as above, 19 MB zipped MONO mp3)      

Fruit Jar Drinkers, Dixie Sacred Singers, Uncle Dave Macon -- Sam McGee's 1927 Recordings (48 tracks)

New York, NY, May 07, 1927 
(14 MB zipped MONO mp3)
01 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers
- Tell Her to Come Back Home                      
02 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers
- Hold That Woodpile Down                         
03 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers
- Carve That Possum                               
04 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers
- Hop High Ladies, The Cake's All Dough         
05 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers
- Sail Away Ladies                               
06 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers
- Bake That Chicken Pie                           
07 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers
- Rock About My Sara Jane                         

New York, NY, May 09, 1927 (22 MB zipped MONO mp3)
01 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers - I'm A-Goin' Away in the Morn                    
02 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers - Sleepy Lou                                      
03 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers
- The Gray Cat on the Tennessee Farm              
04 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers - Walk, Tom Wilson, Walk                          
05 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers - I's Gwine Back to Dixie                         
06 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers - Take Me Home, Poor Julia                        
07 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers - Go Along Mule                                   
08 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers - Tom and Jerry                                   
09 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers - Rabbit in the Pea Patch                         
10 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers - Jordan Is a Hard Road to Travel                 
11 Uncle Dave Macon & His Fruit Jar Drinkers - Pickaninny Lullaby Song    

New York, NY, May 10, 1927 (28 MB zipped MONO mp3)
01 Dixie Sacred Singers - Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb                              
02 Dixie Sacred Singers - The Maple on the Hill                                             
03 Dixie Sacred Singers - Poor Old Dad                                                         
04 Dixie Sacred Singers - Walking in the Sunlight                                              
05 Dixie Sacred Singers - Bear Me Away on Your Snowy Wings                                     
06 Uncle Dave Macon - The Mockingbird Song Medley                                              
07 Dixie Sacred Singers - Shall We Gather at the River                                         
08 Dixie Sacred Singers - In the Sweet By and By                                               
09 Uncle Dave Macon - In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree                                       
10 Uncle Dave Macon - Molly Married a Travelling Man                                           
11 Uncle Dave Macon - When Reuben Comes to Town                                                
12 Uncle Dave Macon - Got No Silver nor Gold Blues                                            
13 Uncle Dave Macon - Heartaching Blues                                                        
14 Uncle Dave Macon - Roe Rire Poor Gal                                                       

New York, NY, May 11, 1927 (32 MB zipped MONO mp3)
01 McGee Brothers & Todd - Old Master's Runaway                                                
02 McGee Brothers & Todd - Charming Bill                                                       
03 McGee Brothers - A Flower From My Angel Mother's Grave                                      
04 McGee Brothers - C-H-I-C-K-E-N Spells Chicken                                               
05 McGee Brothers - Salty Dog Blues                                                            
06 McGee Brothers - Salt Lake City Blues                                                       
07 McGee Brothers & Todd - Rufus Blossom3                                                       
08 McGee Brothers - Ragged Jim                                                                 
09 McGee Brothers - Someone Else May Be There While I'm Gone                                   
10 McGee Brothers - Hannah Won't You Open The Door                                            
11 McGee Brothers - My Family Has Been A Crooked Set                                           
12 McGee Brothers - The Tramp                                                                  
13 Uncle Dave Macon & McGee Brothers - You've Been a Friend to Me                              
14 Uncle Dave Macon & Sam McGee - Backwater Blues                                              
15 Uncle Dave Macon - More Like Your Dad Every Day                                             
16 Uncle Dave Macon - I'll Never Go There Any More (The Bowery)             

ALL 48 TRACKS (97 MB zipped MONO mp3)      

- liner notes

Flat-Top Pickin' Sam McGee

Kirk McGee -- Tennessee Recordings

Sam & Kirk McGee and The Crook Brothers -- Opry Old Timers
(at Allen's Archive of Early & Old Country Music)  

Kirk McGee - Mister Kirk (ibid.)

Kirk McGee on the Guest Star label (ibid.)

Donnerstag, 25. November 2010

Woody Guthrie and the Bonneville Power Administration (Video & Audio links)

Finally found a copy of the film "The Columbia" by the U.S. Department of the Interior/Bonneville Power Administration Woody Guthrie was hired to provide songs for at

"Historic look at the Columbia River and its development. Woody Guthrie was hired by BPA in 1941 to write the songs for this movie, but its production was delayed by World War II. Produced in 1949 in black and white, this film contains rare footage of Grand Coulee Dam construction, Indian fishing at Celilo Falls and the 1948 Vanport flood."

Here's some background:

from Talking History website:

"In early May of 1941, Woody Guthrie was employed  by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bonneville Power Administration  (BPA) on the Columbia River. 
The BPA hired him to write songs  celebrating the work of the Administration in building dams producing  and making available to millions cheap electricity. Guthrie wrote 26 songs during the month that followed, including such classics as  Pastures of Plenty and Roll on Columbia

Michael O'Rourke produced this radio documentary for Oregon Public Broadcasting. In 2000, a documentary  film on the same subject was produced by the University of Oregon's  Knight Library Media Services and the School of Journalism and  Communication. 
For information on the film (and additional information  on Guthrie's Columbia River songs, see:" 

PART 1 (RealMedia) (31:07)
PART 2 (RealMedia) (14:56)

PART 1 (96 kbps mp3, 
21.8 MB) (31:07)
PART 2 (96 kbps mp3, 
10.5 MB) (14:56)

"THE COLUMBIA" (Divx, multi-part zip-file -- you'll need ALL PARTS and a program like WinZip, WinRar, or 7Zip to extract/combine video file):

PART 1 (95 MB)
PART 2 (95 MB)
PART 3 (70 MB)

Mittwoch, 24. November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving from Folk Archivist (and Arlo Guthrie)


Arlo Guthrie's Official Taping Policy 
"Arlo has often allowed recording by amateurs at venues when and  where it is not forbidden or regulated or conflicts in any way with the  usual way things are done. If you are unsure if a venue allows taping,  contact the venue before the show.  Sales of these recorded materials is  forbidden and it is intended only for fans to trade and share. Fees to  cover postage and/or cost of blank media are acceptable....

If you are creating cover art, please respect the rights of the  artists/photographer and ask for their permission before using an image.  Most will allow use as long as they are credited and/or for a copy of  the show it is being used for."

I'm rather proud of this compilation I did back in 2007 (or so), as it continues being shared on several Bittorrent sites each Thanksgiving!

stewART created some tasteful artwork (included).

Four (less common) versions 
of "Alice's Restaurant" (1966-1984):
01 Gerde's Folk City, New York, NY, 1966 (exact date unknown) -- early pre-draft prototype version (FM?) (13:33)

02 The Bob Fass Show - WBAI-FM, New York, NY, Feb 27, 1966 (or 1967) -- slightly cut at end (FM) (18:04) 

03 The Bob Fass Show - WBAI-FM, New York, NY, May 1967: "Alice's Restaurant Multi-Colored Rainbow Roach Affair" (FM)

(Piano-backed version) (13:36) (24:05)

04 Longbranch Park, Liverpool, NY, July 15, 1984 -- lots of improvised lyrics (audience) (24:05)

Lineage: flac files from different torrents/trackers->wav (normalised)->Flac Front end (Level 8, align on sector boundaries) 

This is uploaded as a multi-part rar-file - to  extract and combine parts, you'll need ALL PARTS and a program like WinRar, WinZip or 7Zip.

Once extracted/combined, you can verify file integrity  with enclosed md5- or ffp-file and convert the FLAC-files to  wav-files  (for  burning as audio  CDs) with  software like Trader's  Little Helper  or other tools for your specific OS.

PART 1 (95 MB)
PART 2 (95 MB)
PART 3 (95 MB)
PART 4 (88 MB)


Support the artist by attending his  concerts 
and purchasing  his official releases.
ENJOY and always remember:
"If you want to end war and stuff you got to sing loud...."

April 6, 2006 ... Arlo Guthrie on "Alice" at forty, and a brief talk about the world.

Arlo Guthrie, Remembering 'Alice's Restaurant' (Nov 26, 2005)

A Tribute to Officer Obie

Sam McGee, 1926 Sessions with Uncle Dave Macon (18 tracks)

I first heard Sam McGee in the early 1970s on the excellent Arhoolie album "Grand Dad of the Country Guitar Pickers" featuring 1969/1970 recordings and became fascinated by his style of picking.

Over the years, I've been collecting whatever I could find of this guitarist, solo, as guitarist for Uncle Dave Macon, and with his brother Kirk McGee and fiddler Arthur Smith.

Here are Sam McGee's earliest sides, both solo and with Uncle Dave Macon, recorded in New York, NY, April 1926.

New York, NY, April 14, 1926
01 Uncle Dave Macon - Rise When the Rooster Crows                                              
02 Uncle Dave Macon - Way Down the Old Plank Road                                              
03 Uncle Dave Macon - The Bible's True                                                         
04 Uncle Dave Macon - He Won the Heart of My Sarah Jane                                        
05 Uncle Dave Macon - Last Last Night When My Willie Came Home                                 
06 Uncle Dave Macon - I've Got the Mourning Blues                                              
07 Uncle Dave Macon - Death of John Henry (Steel Driving Man)                                  
08 Uncle Dave Macon - On the Dixie Bee Line (In That Henry Ford of Mine)                       
09 Sam McGee - Buck Dancer's Choice                                                            
10 Sam McGee - The Franklin Blues              

New York, NY, April 16, 1926
01 Uncle Dave Macon - Whoop' Em Up Cindy                                                      
02 Uncle Dave Macon - Only as Far as the Gate Dear Ma                                          
03 Uncle Dave Macon - Just Tell Them That You Saw Me                                           
04 Uncle Dave Macon - Poor Sinners, Fare You Well                                              

New York, NY, April 17, 1926
01 Uncle Dave Macon - Old Ties                                                                 
02 Sam McGee - In A Cool Shady Nook                                                            
03 Sam McGee - If I Could Only Blot Out The Past                                               
04 Sam McGee - Knoxville Blues                                                                 


- liner notes

Flat-Top Pickin' Sam McGee

Kirk McGee -- Tennessee Recordings

Sam & Kirk McGee and The Crook Brothers -- Opry Old Timers
(at Allen's Archive of Early & Old Country Music)  

Kirk McGee - Mister Kirk (ibid.)

Kirk McGee on the Guest Star label (ibid.)

Freitag, 19. November 2010

Benny Borg "The Singing Soldier" (four 1927 sides)

Found these four sides by
"Benny Borg, The Singing Soldier" (transfers from 78s) over at -- apparently, nothing is known about Benny Borg except that he was from Georgia.

According to the info at,  these four sides were  
recorded on April 02, 1927 and issued as Columbia 15148-D and 15183-D:

Columbia 15148-D
I Want a Pardon for Daddy
You're Going to Leave the Old Home Jim, Tonight

Columbia 15183-D
A Concert Hall on the Bowery 
Pictures from Life's Other Side

"A Concert Hall on the Bowery" is better known under the title "She's More to Be Pitied Than Censured":
"An outdated concept about a fallen woman brought tears to they eyes of America in 1895. William B Gray wrote this song about a girl flirting with men on the Bowery and explains that is was a callous man who caused it. Sheet music sales were strong even before it was introduced in Vaudeville skyrocketing it in popularity. By the 1920s however the song was already a subject to much ridicule for it's outdated standards. In 1951 Beatrice Kay did a campy version sarcastically mocking it in the chorus."

DOWNLOAD (8.96 MB mp3, ID3 tags added)