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Upcoming Pete Seeger Release

Smithsonian Folkways 07 Apr 09 - 12:44 PM
Art Thieme 07 Apr 09 - 10:11 PM
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Subject: Upcoming Pete Seeger Release
From: Smithsonian Folkways
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 12:44 PM

As you probably heard, Pete Seeger turns 90 on May 3rd, and there is a lot happening including a star-studded charity concert honoring him at Madison Square Garden. In addition, on April 21st Smithsonian Folkways is releasing the American Favorite Ballads Box Set featuring 139 classic songs of just Pete and his guitar and banjo. And like all Smithsonian Folkways releases, it includes extensive biographical and musical liner notes.

The box set is not available until April 21st but there will soon be a few free downloads and other goodies at the Smithsonian Folkways site. The digital download version also has 2 previously unreleased bonus-tracks. Join the email list ( to stay up to date.

In the mean time, check out this link to watch an interview with Pete about his beginnings with Folkways:

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Subject: RE: Upcoming Pete Seeger Release
From: Art Thieme
Date: 07 Apr 09 - 10:11 PM

These are all vintage rather early Pete singing a TON of American folk songs that almost everyone is familiar with. When I worked at Rose Records store in Chicago we sold an unbelievable amount of these as LPs. Parents often picked 'em up to introduce kids to folk music. Just for listening to a lot of what folks cut their folkie teeth on in the '50s and '60s, you simply can't go wrong. There aren't real "heavy" songs. Mostly the songs that came from the history of the country---"Drill Ye Tarriers" "Erie Canal" songs from work--cowboys, lumberjacks, sailors, Appalachian mountain ballads----those kinds of songs. --- And they are all done by Pete Seeger --- Johnny Appleseed Jr. -- The man who set the standard and became a mentor to so many of us!

I've not thought of these records for 25 or 30 years, but thinking 'bout them now sure brings back memories of how we all built our song lists quickly circa 1960-'61.

Art Thieme--Illinois (where our governors make our license plates!

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