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Another Man Done Gone star
History and Lyrics of this classic folk tune describing the lament of the chain gangs in the late 1800s - early 1900s.

Barbara Allen Origins and Lyrics star
An old Scottish Ballard rich with symbolism.

Catie Curtis - Sweet Life star
A review of Catie Curtis' Sweet Life CD

Coded Slave Songs star
Expressing emotion through songs is a cathartic experience. Under the bondage of slavery, Black Americans used spirituals to express deep emotions, spiritual beliefs and secret communications.

Dala in Concert star
Don't miss the opportunity to see a live performance of this Canadian due called DALA.

EmmyLou Harris – Red Dirt Girl star
Beautiful and haunting, this song tells the story of life in rural America.

God’s Gonna Trouble the Water star
Lyrics and orgins of an African Spiritual and Coded Slave Song.

Golden Bird - Levon Helm star
From the drummer and lead singer of The Band, Levon Helm continues to touch us with his music. Golden Bird, written by Happy Traum, offers a chilling tale expertly arranged and hauntingly sung by one of Americana's icons, Levon Helm.

Interview with Catie Curtis star
Catie Curtis discusses her recent Compass Record release "Long Night Moon" and other views on her music and other social issues.

Life Every Voice and Sing star
Written as a poem in 1900, this song has endured to become known as the National Hymn for African Americans.

Low Bridge, Everybody Down star
Traditional Folk Tune celebrating the contributions of the Erie Canal to America's rich heritage.

Protest Singer Song Writers star
A few of the more prominent protest singer song writers in the United States are: Woody Guthrie, Hazel Dickens, Phil Oches, Pete Seeger, and Utah Phillips.

Sam Hall – Origins and Lyrics star
This tune caught my attention on the Glengarry Bhoys 2007 Mill Sessions release. The dark cadence and theme of the song captured my imagination quickly.

Songs for the Miners star
In honor of the miner´s lost in the West Virginia Sago Mine – January 2006

Songs of Labor star
The efforts of labor have been celebrated in song throughout the world. Here are some fine labor tunes in folk music traditions.

Songs of the Mines star
Songs that honor mine workers.

Songs of the Unions star
Compelling songs about the struggle between the unions and company ownership.

Those Were the Days – Dolly Parton star
The inimitable Dolly Parton has once again broken through her country and bluegrass classification with her newest release, Those Where The Days. A collection of 60s & 70s Folk Classics.

Tim O'Brien at The Narrows Center star
Tim O´Brien´s latest project, Chameleon is the underpinning of his solo tour. Don´t miss it.

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