Folk Visions and Voices: Traditional Music and Song in Northern Georgia – Vol. 1

Beginning in 1977, renowned folklorist Art Rosenbaum traveled around northern Georgia making field recordings of songs learned from the oral tradition. The outcome was a two-volume anthology and a book by the same title. The first half of Volume 1 features “early mountain songs, ballads and tunes” ranging from ancient British ballads to more recent breakdowns and love songs. The second half presents “black religious singing” (traditional spirituals), some of which are recorded in a local church.

Rosenbaum's liner notes provide detailed information about the singers and each song, as well as complete lyrics and photographs of the musicians and singers.

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RECORD LABEL Folkways Records
SOURCE ARCHIVE Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
COPYRIGHT 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1984 Folkways Records
GENRE(S) American Folk; Old Time
COUNTRY(S) United States
INSTRUMENT(S) Banjo; Fiddle; Guitar; Mouth bow; Piano
SUBJECT(S) Folk songs–United States; Religious
Art Rosenbaum – Recorder; Producer
Margo Newmark Rosenbaum – Photographer
Ronald Clyne – Designer


Listen to audio samples from the album at Smithsonian Folkways.


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