Various Artists / Smithsonian Folkways
Album:Smithsonian Folkways Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists Added:May 2005

A-File Activity
Add Date:2005-07-04 Pull Date:2005-09-05 
Week Ending:Sep 4Aug 28Aug 21Aug 14Aug 7Jul 31Jul 24Jul 17

Recent Airplay
1.Oct 11, 2021:Best of Everything reaired from 6/5/14
Will Geer Reading Woody Guth
4.Jun 05, 2014:Eclectic Erudition reaired via radio q 10-11-21
Will Geer Reading Woody Guth
2.Mar 06, 2020:Traditions
Irene, Bourgeois Blues, Hobo's Lullaby, Do-Re-Mi, Pretty Boy Floyd, Bring Me a Little Water, Syl
5.Mar 19, 2011:Music Casserole
Bourgeois Blues
3.Dec 30, 2014:Eclectic Erudition week 14 Fall 2014
Jesus Christ
6.Nov 18, 2010:Oh-So-American [Grandstand]

Album Review
Alex Dunn
Reviewed 2005-06-28 
Best of the best Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie compilation. Even if you don’t play folk, you might give this a quick listen anyway. Guthrie’s lyrics are overtly political, while Lead Belly mostly sticks to more personal and allusive material, with the exception of “Bourgeois Blues” (#15). I liked 2, 3, 15, 17, 23. 26.

1)LB: Raw and elemental
2)WG: “…as far as you may roam, you will never find a outlaw, driving a family from their home”
3)WG: California ain’t so hot without the do-re-mi.
4)WG: Ain’t got no home in this world anymore.
5)WG: The cops and soldiers nailed him in the air, and they laid Jesus Christ in his grave.
6)LB: Cotton picking.
7)LB: Rock Island Line.
8)WG: Grand Coulee Dam (pro-dam)
9)LB: Bucket blues. Nice groove, odd lyrics.
10)Weird interlude: Spoken word reading explaining WG’s philosophy.
11)WG: Hard-traveling. Great tune.
12)LB: About the red-light district where LB got his start.
13) WG: Cowboy vs. lawyer. Guess which one gets shot.
14)WG: Hobo’s lullaby.
15)LB: Bourgeois (!) Blues. Damn yuppies.
16)LB: Hypocritical preacher.
17)LB: LB’s classic.
18)WG: Vigilante = bad.
19)LB: Finger pickin’. Old English folk song.
20)WG: This land is your land.
21)WG: Talking song about work.
22)LB: Another classic: midnight special.
23)LB: Sad, classic tune.
24)WG: About migrant laborers.
25)WG: Fun children’s song.
26)WG/LB: Duet. Great lyrics. “You shall be free when the good Lord sets you free.”


Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Lead BellyBring Me a Little Water, Syl
2.Woody GuthriePretty Boy Floyd
3.Woody GuthrieDo-Re-Mi
4.Woody GuthrieI Ain't Got no Home in this
5.Woody GuthrieJesus Christ
6.Lead BellyCotton Fields
7.Lead BellyRock Island Line
8.Woody GuthrieGrand Coulee Dam
9.Lead Belly4, 5, and 9
10.Will GeerWill Geer Reading Woody Guth
11.Woody GuthrieHard Traveling
12.Lead BellyFannin Street
13.Woody GuthriePhiadelphia Lawyer
14.Woody GuthrieHobo's Lullaby
15.Lead BellyBourgeois Blues
16.Lead BellyGray Goose
17.Lead BellyIrene
18.Woody GuthrieVigilante Man
19.Lead BellyGallis Pole
20.Woody GuthrieThis Land Is Your Land
21.Woody GuthrieTalking Hard Work
22.Lead BellyMidnight Special
23.Lead BellyIn the Pines
24.Woody GuthriePastures of Plenty
25.Woody GuthrieCar Song
26.Lead Belly, Woody GuthrieWe Shall Be Free