The Folk Music Revival of 2001

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On this edition of All Songs Considered we look at some of the artists responsible for 2001's folk music revival. Featured artists: Gillian Welch, Ralph Stanley, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Doc Watson, Roscoe Holcomb, John Hartford, the Reverend Gary Davis, and the 1946 Band.

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The Folk Music Revival of 2001

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Angel Band

  • Artist: Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch
  • Album: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Song: Angel Band

More than thirty years after the death of Carter Stanley, his brother Ralph is enjoying more popularity than ever. This recording was made in 1955.

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  • "Angel Band"
  • Album: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Artist: The Stanley Brothers
 
Down from the Mountain

Big Rock Candy Mountain

  • Artist: John Hartford
  • Album: Down from the Mountain
  • Song: Big Rock Candy Mountain

John Hartford was a passionate and often unheard voice in country music for more than 30 years. The soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? brought him the attention his fans thought he long deserved.

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  • "Big Rock Candy Mountain"
  • Album: Down from the Mountain
  • Artist: John Hartford
 
American Roots Music

Waiting for a Train

  • Artist: Hank Williams
  • Album: American Roots Music
  • Song: Waiting for a Train

Jimmie Rodgers was the father of country music. This song -- one of his trademark train tunes -- was recorded in 1929.

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  • "Waiting for a Train"
  • Album: American Roots Music
  • Artist: Jimmie Rodgers
 
American Roots Music

Cold, Cold Heart

  • Artist: Hank Williams
  • Album: American Roots Music
  • Song: Cold, Cold Heart

In six short years, Hank Williams forever changed the course of music history. Though he died before he was 30, Williams left a remarkable collection of original songs still performed by artists around the world.

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  • "Cold, Cold Heart"
  • Album: American Roots Music
  • Artist: Hank Williams
 
There Is No Eye: Music for Photographs

Man of Constant Sorrow

  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Album: There Is No Eye: Music for Photographs
  • Song: Man of Constant Sorrow

Musician, photographer, and historian John Cohen first heard Roscoe Holcomb play the banjo on a journey through eastern Kentucky in the late 1950s. Cohen coined the phrase "high, lonesome sound" to describe Holcomb's voice.

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  • "Man of Constant Sorrow"
  • Album: There Is No Eye: Music for Photographs
  • Artist: Roscoe Holcomb
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
 
Demons and Angels: The Ultimate Collection

Twelve Gates to the City

  • Artist: Reverend Gary Davis
  • Album: Demons and Angels: The Ultimate Collection
  • Song: Twelve Gates to the City

The Reverend Gary Davis was a great ragtime guitarist in the 1920s. He was an ordained minister, and part of the folk revival of the 1960s.

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  • "Twelve Gates to the City"
  • Album: Demons and Angels: The Ultimate Collection
  • Artist: Reverend Gary Davis
 
Doc Watson at Gerdes Folk City

Little Sadie

  • Artist: Doc Watson
  • Album: Doc Watson at Gerdes Folk City
  • Song: Little Sadie

Doc Watson first performed on electric guitar, but switched to acoustic for his first solo performance at Gerdes Folk City, featured on this recording.

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  • "Little Sadie"
  • Album: Doc Watson at Gerdes Folk City
  • Artist: Doc Watson
  • Label: Sugar Hill
 
Time (The Revelator)

Dear Someone

  • Artist: Gillian Welch
  • Album: Time (The Revelator)
  • Song: Dear Someone

Gillian Welch is one of several young artists helping to revive the sound of old-timey folk and bluegrass.

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  • "Dear Someone"
  • Album: Time (The Revelator)
  • Artist: Gillian Welch
 
David Peterson and 1946

The Butcher Boy

  • Artist: The 1946 Band
  • Album: David Peterson and 1946
  • Song: The Butcher Boy

The 1946 Band pays tribute to the great father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys with vintage clothing and a meticulously crafted sound.

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