The Mary Lomax Ballad Book

Charles Seeger once said that a folk song is not a text and a tune, but a text and a tune and a mode of performance that comes from a singer's life and culture. Mary Lomax (and her sister Bonnie Loggins) embody this threefold hallmark of authenticity. Their repertoire of ballads, songs, and religious songs were learned from their father Lemuel Payne, and they sing them as they learned them: unadorned, without drama, and with honesty and skill. This collection documents a way of life that is rapidly vanishing. It contains the lyrics of 79 songs and includes two CDs containing 59 songs from the collection.

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Hardcover Book and 2 CDs — May 2, 2013
It contains the lyrics of 79 songs and includes two CDs containing 59 songs from the collection.


The Mary Lomax Ballad Book: America’s Great 21st Century Traditional Singer—Collected and Annotated by Art Rosenbaum, with Bonnie Loggins, Casey Loggins, Pashie Towery, Roy Tench (fiddle), photographs by Margo Rosenbaum, 210 pages with 2 CDs, hardcover only, Loomis House Press, edited by Ed Cray, book cover Susan Archie, photo by Alix Taylor. Foreword by Alice Gerrard; Edited by Ed Cray; Published by CAMSCO Music (dick greenhaus); 210 + xviii pp; copyright 2013 by Art Rosenbaum. $37.50 Hard Cover only. You can order from dick@camscomusic.com or by phone at 800/548-FOLK .