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Episode 26

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Cowboy songs from the revivalist group The Tex-I-An Boys, the sounds of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, cowpuncher brag talk, work-songs from a Texas prison camp, and contemporary conjunto music from Los Texmaniacs.

Episode 27

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
This episode presents a series of one-of-a-kind original recordings made recently on a chilly Saturday afternoon on-site in Elkton, Maryland with the family and friends of the late great American legend, Ola Belle Reed.

Episode 28

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie McGhee, and Sonny Terry sing the praises of larger-than-life mythic characters like John Henry and Joe Turner. And we enjoy some distant sounds from Paraguay, Indonesia, and Gambia.

Episode 29

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
North Carolina’s Elizabeth Cotton shows off how to play a guitar upside down and backwards, New Orleans chanteuse Lizzy Miles asks “Who's sorry now?” and Lucinda Williams mourns a one-night stand.

Episode 30

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Bluesman Reverend Gary Davis sings of a golden city with pearly gates, Paul Robeson compares earthy freedom to divine deliverance, and Doc Watson asks the fundamentally profound question, “Was I born to die?”

Episode 31

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
In this musical pub-crawl, we explore the joys and perils of the drinking life; songs about beer, wine, whiskey and moonshine; sad drunks, mad drunks, mean drunks, and just plain stupid drunks; booze-soaked classics from Memphis Slim, Roscoe Holcomb, Lead Belly, Dock Boggs and more.

Episode 32

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Where is “home” for you? In this episode, we explore our yearnings for home, with songs of longing from Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Doc Watson, and far-flung wanderers in Chile, Canada, Kenya, and The Bahamas. Radio for the homesick listener on Tapestry of the Times.

Episode 33

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
For better or for worse, we live in a world stocked with guns, and whatever your opinion on the issue, there's a song to match. Calypso master Mighty Sparrow sings of Trinidadian gun smugglers and Kentucky songster George Davis sings about staring down the barrel at a shotgun wedding plus more.

Episode 34

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
From Kenyan harvests to Creole cuisine, and Crescent City waffles to cold pizza for breakfast... music in praise of food in all its wonderful varieties. We hear a Native American song for a buffalo feast and Josh White's iconic down-at-the-heels anthem “One Meat Ball,” plus more.

Episode 35

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Ballads about legendary hurricanes and storms at sea, blues tunes about rainy days, and songs of hope that sunny days are right around the corner. Music from the likes of Maybelle Carter, Lonnie Johnson, and green-earth poetry from Langston Hughes, Sarah Webster Fabio and Virginia Bennett.

Episode 36

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Songs of farewell this hour on Tapestry of the Times... goodbyes to sweethearts, families, childhood homes, and old jobs we'd maybe rather forget. Music from Chile, Kyrgyzstan, and American legends Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Doc Watson, and cowboy poet Buck Ramsey.

Ella Jenkins - the First Lady in Children's Music

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Episode 14 features an interview with Ella Jenkins, the "First Lady in Children's Music." Ella recorded her first album for Folkways Records in 1957 and continues to entertain children of all ages. Sound Sessions from Smithsonian Folkways is an audio journey into the rich, eclectic, and sometimes eccentric Smithsonian Folkways archive. Host Sam Litzinger and archivist Jeff Place comb the stacks for music and stories about this historic record label.

Quebe Sisters - Texas Swing Fiddle

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Host Sam Litzinger explores Texas Swing through the works of the Quebe Sisters, performers at the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. When Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe (pronounced kway-bee) take to a stage to play and sing their vintage-style three-part harmony, audiences are mesmerized.

Lead Belly

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Alvin Singh II, director of the Lead Belly Foundation (/www.leadbelly.org) (and Lead Belly’s great-nephew), joins fellow-archivist Jeff Place and host Sam Litzinger to discuss the life and music of Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, the vastly influential "king of the twelve-string guitar."

Sonam Dorji of Bhutan

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Bhutan, a small nation nestled between India and China, was one of the featured programs of the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Bhutanese musician Sonam Dorji joins Smithsonian Folkways Associate Director Atesh Sonneborn and host Sam Litzinger on the Festival grounds in a discussion about the music, people, and culture of Bhutan, the "Land of the Thunder Dragon."

Joe Hickerson

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Joe Hickerson, folk singer, folklorist, archivist, and librarian, joins fellow-archivist Jeff Place and host Sam Litzinger for an animated discussion of folk music collecting, the Library of Congress archives, and the story behind Where Have All the Flowers Gone? the song he co-wrote with Pete Seeger. Hickerson was the Librarian and Director of the Archive of Folk Song/Culture at the Library of Congress from 1963 to 1998 and currently writes the column "Song Finder" for Sing Out! Magazine.

Oud Music

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
On this edition of Sound Sessions, Jeff Place and Smithsonian Folkways associate director — and oud enthusiast— Atesh Sonneborn join host Sam Litzinger to discuss the music of the oud. The pear-shaped stringed instrument, pronounced "ood," appears in virtually every genre of music across a large swath of the globe, including the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, and Europe. The discussion follows the oud’s origins, sound, and notable performers across varied musical forms.

The Silk Road

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Host Sam Litzinger and archivist Jeff Place invite Richard Kennedy, acting director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, as their audio guide for a musical and cultural journey along the famed Silk Road trade route. In this program, Kennedy discusses the flow of ideas, culture, music, and art that crossed the mountains and deserts of Central Asia to East Asia and the Mediterranean.

Jean Ritchie

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Jean Ritchie is an American folk singer, songwriter, and dulcimer player from rural Kentucky who, upon moving to New York City in the 1940s, became known as the "Mother of Folk." Host Sam Litzinger and archivist Jeff Place discuss the life and music of Jean Ritchie with guest Stephanie Smith, assistant archivist at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Pete Seeger

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Pete Seeger is the dean of 20th century folk singers. He has been performing and lending his energies to causes he believes in for more than 60 years. Stories from Jeff Place and newly digitized interviews with Pete and musicians who know him lend a rich perspective to his life and music.

Paul Robeson

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
An American giant of 20th century music, Paul Robeson stood tall against racism, McCarthyism, and blacklisting to proclaim the majesty of African-American culture. Jeff Place and Dr. Bob Cataliotti discuss his life and work.

Dock Boggs

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
This Virginia miner revolutionized the banjo and influenced modern musicians from Bob Dylan to Jeff Tweedy. In this program Jeff Place shares music and interviews.

Bill Monroe

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Known as "The Father of Bluegrass," Bill Monroe shaped this American musical form. Hear interviews and rare live recordings from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Woody Guthrie

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Rare outtakes and stories from Smithsonian Folkways archivist Jeff Place give new meaning to the life and music of American folk icon Woody Guthrie and his relationship with Folkways Records.
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