Thursday, June 4, 2009
Sounds Of the South (4) : American Folk Songs For Children
Almeda Riddle - My Little Rooster (1959)
In my modest opinion, the fourth disc in the box set Sounds Of The South is musically speaking the least interesting, although it has an undeniable documentary value.
Most of the performers were already present on the previous cds, but there are newcomers like Almeda Riddle (photo above), an unacompanied folk singer from Arkansas who sings 5 old nursery rhymes in a traditional way.
Among them "My little Rooster", "Frog Went a-Courting" or "Go Tell Aunt Nancy", a song that French singer Dick Annegarn adapted in 1999.
There are also a few bluegrass songs, blues by Fred McDowell or harmonica player Forrest City Joe. But my favorite one is by Bessie Jones and was recorded in the Georgia Sea Islands.
Bessie Jones & Group - Johnny Cuckoo (1959)
You'll notice, of course, the difference in singing between both performers.
And there is one more by the wonderful Estil C. Ball, here with his wife Orna fo a delicious "Paper of Pins" that I uncluded here in a post I made for Star Maker Machine about questions and marriage.
Now, the surprise. I don't do that usually but here I'll post the whole box set, given that it is out of print.
Sorry, all I have is a file and not the physical box set, so I can't give you any photos or liner notes. You may find the covers at Amazon.
DOWNLOAD HERE the full Disc 1 of Sounds Of The South : Sounds of the South - Blue Ridge mountain Music (97MB)
HERE Sounds Of The South Disc 2 : Roots of The Blues - The Blues Roll On (97MB)
HERE Sounds Of The South Disc 3 : Negro Church Music - White Spirituals (92MB)
HERE Sounds Of The South Disc 4 : American Folk Songs For Children (92MB)