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Songbook, Vol. 1


Download links and information about Songbook, Vol. 1 by Old Town School Of Folk Music. This album was released in 2006 and it belongs to Folk Rock, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk genres. It contains 23 tracks with total duration of 01:16:54 minutes.

Artist: Old Town School Of Folk Music
Release date: 2006
Genre: Folk Rock, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk
Tracks: 23
Duration: 01:16:54
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No. Title Length
1. Shady Grove (featuring Colby Maddox) 3:42
2. Take This Hammer (featuring Jon Langford) 2:10
3. I Know You Rider (featuring Linda Smith) 3:20
4. Browns Ferry Blues (featuring Robbie Fulks) 2:30
5. Trouble In Mind (featuring Alice Peacock) 3:17
6. Aragon Mill (featuring Rita Ruby) 3:02
7. Worried Man Blues (featuring Chris Walz) 3:33
8. Salty Dog (featuring Rick Sherry) 3:53
9. Cripple Creek (featuring Steve Rosen) 2:13
10. Deep River Blues (featuring Janet Bean) 2:47
11. Amazing Grace (featuring Rob Anderlik & Erin Flynn) 4:47
12. St. James Infirmary (featuring Pete Special) 3:02
13. Don't This Road (featuring Andrea Bunch & Aerin Tedesco) 3:25
14. Down In the Valley (featuring Bill Brickey) 2:49
15. Old Dog Tray (featuring Kathy Cowan) 4:07
16. Drunken Sailor (featuring Dan Zanes, His Band) 3:25
17. Erie Canal (featuring Marcia Johnson, Ted) 2:50
18. Wabash Cannonball (featuring Danny Barnes) 2:50
19. Just a Closer Walk With Thee (featuring Elaine Moore) 3:10
20. Wayfaring Stranger (featuring John Stirratt) 4:02
21. Freight Train (featuring Mark Dvorak) 3:14
22. Midnight Special (featuring Steve Levitt) 4:38
23. Goodnight Irene (featuring Weavermania) 4:08



What Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 1 looks like at first is yet another of those Smithsonian/Folkways collections of recordings from the Great Folk Scare of the late 1950s and '60s: on the cover is a group of earnest, young urban kids sitting in a small circle, one with an acoustic guitar, all intently studying what can only be the Music of the People. But look more closely and you see something different: a song list that could have come straight from one of those Smithsonian/Folkways albums ("Shady Grove," "Trouble in Mind," "St. James Infirmary" — even, heaven help us, "Old Dog Tray") — but with an artist roster that includes members of the Mekons, Wilco, Eleventh Dream Day and Bad Livers. It's a motley crew and they provide a motley array of performances: Alice Peacock's rendition of "Trouble in Mind" is brilliant, as is Janet Beveridge Bean's cool and deliberate take on "Deep River Blues," and Kathy Cowan manages to make a gentle and unassuming silk purse out of a sow's ear with her unaffected rendition of the maudlin "Old Dog Tray." Sadly, a few of the singers can't resist the temptation to ham it up: Chris Walz over-emotes embarrassingly on "Worried Man Blues," and Pete Special hijacks "St. James Infirmary" and turns it into a showcase for his (poor) Dr. John impression. But overall, these artists tend to shed new light on some of the most familiar songs in the folk revival canon, so good for them.