The Sonic Journey of Alan Lomax: Recording America and the World

   
 

March 13th, 2013 ~ American Routes follows the journeys made by folklorist Alan Lomax as he documented the diversity of the traditional music of America, in the face of what he felt was the increased threat by popular "monoculture." We'll look into Lomax's work as a sound recordist, cultural theorist, radio host and above all, shaper of 20th century pop culture through his discoveries.

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  • Open Bed: Wolverine Blues #1 Jelly Roll Morton
    Jelly Roll Morton: The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax, Rounder
  • Rock Island Line Lead Belly
    Lead Belly Legacy Vol 1: Where did You Sleep Last Night, Smithsonian Folkways
  • Do Re Me Woody Guthrie
    Alan Lomax Popular Songbook, Rounder
  • Excerpt: Po' Lazarus James Carter and the Prisoners
    The Alan Lomax Collection: Southern Journey - Bad Man Ballads, Rounder
  • Excerpt: Old Chisholm Trail Moses 'Clear Rock' Platt
    Deep River of Song: Black Texicans, Rounder
  • Excerpt: I've Been Having Troubles Heuston Earns
    Prison Talk tape from Alan Lomax Archive, unreleased
  • Midnight Special Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Hot Stuff, Fantasy
  • Instrumental: John Henry Glen Stoneman
    Southern Journey Vol. 2: Ballads & Breakdowns, Rounder
  • Excerpt: I'll Be Rested (When the Roll is Called) Roosevelt Graves and Brother
    Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, Revenant
  • Excerpt: Kind Hearted Woman Blues Robert Johnson
    King Of The Delta Blues Singers, Columbia/ Legacy
  • CLIP: Jelly Roll Morton interview at the Library of Congress
  • Excerpt: King Porter Stomp Jelly Roll Morton
    Jelly Roll Morton: The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax, Rounder
  • I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say Jelly Roll Morton
    I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say, RCA
  • Excerpt: How Long? Lead Belly
    Go Down Old Hannah, Rounder
  • Bourgeois Blues Taj Mahal
    Folkways: A Vision Shared, Columbia
  • Excerpt: Talking Dust Bowl Blues Woody Guthrie
    Library of Congress, Rounder
  • Pretty Boy Floyd Woody Guthrie
    Woody at 100, Smithsonian Folkways
  • Instrumental: Sourwood Mountain Hobart Smith
    Southern Journey Vol. 2: Ballads & Breakdowns, Rounder
  • Excerpt: Corn Rigs Jack Armstrong's Barnstormers' Band
    World Library of Folk & Primitive Music: England, Rounder
  • Excerpt: Rock Island Line Lonnie Donegan
    Rock Island Line: The Singles Anthology, Sanctuary Records Group
  • Excerpt: New Year's Day Tarentella Putipu Band of Capri
    Songs of Christmas From the Alan Lomax Collection, Rounder
  • CLIP: Lomax Talks "Folksong '59"
  • Rock Island Line Little Richard and Fishbone
    Folkways: A Vision Shared, Columbia
  • CLIP: Lomax Radio: Klezmer to Jazz Radio sign-off
  • Instrumental: Forest City Jump Forrest City Joe, Sonny Boy Rogers & Thomas Martin
    Sounds of South, Atlantic
 
  • Open Bed: O Day Sea Island Singers
    The Alan Lomax Collections: Southern Journey - Georgia Sea Islands, Rounder
  • Brown Girl in the Ring Children at San Juan Girls' Government School in San Juan, Trinidad
    Caribbean Voyage: Brown Girl in the Ring, Rounder
  • Excerpt: Madigra Medley Bann Madigra Kenscoff
    Alan Lomax’s Recordings in Haiti: 1936-1937, Estate of Alan Lomax/ Harte Recordings
  • Excerpt: Mwen Tete (I'm Stubborn) Rara Ste. Therese
    Alan Lomax’s Recordings in Haiti: 1936-1937, Estate of Alan Lomax/ Harte Recordings
  • J'ai fait tout le tour du pays Jimmy Peters and Ring Dance Singers
    Alan and John A. Lomax Cajun & Creole Music II 1934-37, Rounder
  • Excerpt: Wind Howlin' Blues David "Honeyboy" Edwards
    Deep River of Song: Mississippi - The Blues Lineage, Rounder
  • CLIP: Honeyboy Edwards interview from 1942 field trip
  • Walkin' Blues Son House, Fiddlin’ Joe Martin, Willie Brown, Leroy Williams
    Deep River of Song: Mississippi - The Blues Lineage, Rounder
  • CLIP: Muddy Waters Interview
  • I Be's Troubled Muddy Waters
    The Complete Plantation Recordings, Chess
  • Hootchie Coochie Man Muddy Waters
    Alan Lomax Presents Folk Song Festival at Carnegie Hall, United Artists
  • Instrumental: Arkansas Traveler Hobart Smith
    Blue Ridge Legacy, Rounder
  • CLIP: Ballads, Blues and Bluegrass Film
  • Going Down South Fred McDowell
    from the Lomax Archive, unreleased
  • You Got to Move Rolling Stones
    Sticky Fingers, Virgin
  • CLIP: Preston Smith welcoming Lomax
  • Excerpt: Drunken Hiccups Hobart Smith
    Southern Journey: Sheep, Sheep, Don'tcha Know the Road, Rounder
  • The Farmer's Curst Wife Estil C. Ball
    Sounds of the South / Blue Ridge Mountain Music, Rounder
  • Motorpsycho Nightmare Bob Dylan
    Another Side of Bob Dylan, Columbia
  • Instrumental: Whoa Mule Mainer Band
    Sounds of the South, Atlantic
  • Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby Mrs. Sidney Carter
    The Alan Lomax Collection: Southern Journey 61 Highway, Rounder
  • Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby Emmylou Harris, Allison Krauss, Gillian Welch
    O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack, Mercury
  • I'm Goin' Home Ervin Webb and the Prisoners
    The Alan Lomax Collection: Southern Journey 61 Highway, Rounder
  • SEGMENT: Como, MS
  • End Bed: Hen Duck Lonnie Young, Ed Young and Lonnie Young Jr.
    Sounds of the South/ Blue Ridge Mountain Music, Atlantic