[Blues-l] “Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection ,” release Tuesday

Jef Jaisun jef@jaisunphoto.com
Sun Feb 22 13:56:00 EST 2015


Lead Belly, Folk-Music Giant, Has a Smithsonian Moment

On Tuesday comes the release of 
"<http://www.folkways.si.edu/leadbelly>Lead Belly: The Smithsonian 
Folkways Collection," a five-disc set that is the first comprehensive 
overview of this monumental, sprawling career. The compilation, a 
follow-up to a 2012 Grammy-winning Woody Guthrie boxed set, includes 
108 songs (most taken from the Folkways archives), 16 of them 
previously unreleased. One of the discs comes from a series of radio 
shows that Lead Belly made for WNYC in the 1940s, which have seldom 
been heard since. Mr. Guthrie recommended him for the show, telling 
the producer that of all the living folk singers he'd ever seen, 
"Lead Belly is ahead of them all."

On Monday, "Legend of Lead Belly," a new documentary that serves as a 
companion to the collection, will have its premiere on the 
Smithsonian Channel, and an all-star Lead Belly tribute concert is 
planned for April 25 at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

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