Articles for the Month of June 2014

Interview: Jeff Place, Producer At Smithsonian Folkways

Songsters Cover II

June 24, 2014 marks the offical release of the latest album from Smithsonian Folkways called Classic African American Songsters.  It is a celebration of the vast variety of repetoire that these “songsters,” or traveling African American musicians of the early part of the 20th century, performed.  Their songs were not only of the folk genre–they also covered tunes in the style of ragtime, country, Tin Pan Alley, pre-blues, blues hybrids, and old-timey stringband.  They were entertainers, and played to audiences in concert

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