Category Archives: Folk

(May 24, 2019): Dave Van Ronk – Fare Thee Well

From the 1961 album, Dave Van Ronk Sings – LP (Folkways Records ‎– FA 2383).  No doubt my favorite cover of this traditional folk tune. For more detail on pedigree see this earlier post on oncewasanote. The inspiration for the … Continue reading

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(November 9, 2018): Paul Robeson – Ballad For Americans

All four parts from the 1940 2×10″ 78 rpm discs, Ballad For Americans. For many, like me, born at the tail end of the post WWII baby boom, this collection represented what America was all about.  For those, like me, … Continue reading

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(November 3, 2018): Billy Bragg – The Times Are Are A-Changing Back

From the 2017 youtube video seemingly posted by Bragg on January 23.  Bragg writes, “I wrote these lyrics within half an hour of seeing Donald Trump’s inaugural speech last Friday evening and played it in Salisbury that night. With apologies … Continue reading

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(August 4, 2018): Chris Volpe – Dusty Bibles

From the 2009 album, Shipwrecked!  From the album notes: “‘Shipwrecked!’ is Nashville-based Chris Volpe’s First full-length release with a live band. The 12—songs produced by Volpe and Grammy Award-winner Phil Harris—range from Americana to folk-jazz to country noir. The band … Continue reading

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(February 14, 2018): Nicki Bluhm – Remember Love Wins

From the 2017 single, Remember Love Wins.  It works as protest and as Valentine.

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(October 27, 2017): Chip Taylor & The New Ukrainians – F**k All The Perfect People

Title track from the 2012 album, F**k All The Perfect People.  New Jersey native, Taylor, released his first single in 1961 and has, since 1971, put out at least 25 long players. He joins with a backing band from Sweden … Continue reading

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(June 25, 2017): Brewer and Shipley – Eco-Catastrophe Blues

From the 1974 album, ST11261.  Hate to say it because I like this duo very much.  But, this is one of those LPs that you can appreciate why it is not better known — even with guests like Al Kooper, … Continue reading

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