First broadcast July 6, 2007

Celebrating America’s Birthday

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

Yes, it’s two days past Independence Day, but the birthday celebration continues. This is our annual musical salute to the greatest nation on Earth as it marks its 231st birthday and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Since it’s the story of how a group of radical thinkers (some would say rabble rousers and malcontents) changed the face of the world politic, I’ve devoted portions of this program to the folk music of protest from two eras in U.S. history — the Depression and the Sixties. There are also two short special segments: one devoted to Thomas Paine, one of the great thinkers of the American Revolution, and the other to the late topical songwriter-singer Gil Turner (“Carry It On”) who was born and buried in Bridgeport, Conn., the state’s largest city that borders the town in which WSHU-FM is situated. Turner was a significant figure in New York City at the start of the protest song movement of the Sixties.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Eddie From Ohio, “Star Spangled Banner”, 9eleven Relief, Virginia Soul

  • John Fahey, “America”, The Best of John Fahey: 1959-1977, Takoma

  • Eric von Schmidt, “My Country ’Tis Of Thee”, 2nd Right 3rd Row, Poppy

  • Pete Seeger, “America The Beautiful”, American Favorite Ballads/Vol. 1, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Ray Hesson, “Stars And Stripes Forever”, Prime Cuts Of Bluegrass/Vol. 75,

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  • Joel Mabus, “Thom Paine’s Dream”, The Naked Truth, Fossil

  • Steve Tilston & Maggie Boyle, “Here’s To Tom Paine”, All Under the Sun, Flying Fish

  • El McMeen, “The Rights Of Man”, Playing Favorites, Piney Ridge Music

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  • Eddie Cantor, “Tips On the Stock Market”, When the Sun Goes Down: Poor Man’s Heaven, Bluebird

  • Bob Miller, “The Rich Man And The Poor Man”, When the Sun Goes Down: Poor Man’s Heaven, Bluebird

  • Harry “Mac” McClintock, “Hallelujah I’m A Bum”, When the Sun Goes Down: Poor Man’s Heaven, Bluebird

  • Fiddlin’ John Carson, “Farmer Feeds Them All”, When the Sun Goes Down: Poor Man’s Heaven, Bluebird

  • Vernon Dalhart, “The Farm Relief Song”, When the Sun Goes Down: Poor Man’s Heaven, Bluebird

  • Woody Guthrie, “Dusty Old Days”, When the Sun Goes Down: Poor Man’s Heaven, Bluebird

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  • The New World Singers, “Blowin' In the Wind”, Best of Broadside, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Gil Turner & Len Chandler, “Benny Kid Paret”, Best of Broadside, Smithsonian Folkways

  • The Broadside Singers with Len Chandler, “Carry It On”, Best of Broadside, Smithsonian Folkways

  • The New World Singers, “Bizzness Ain’t Dead”, Best of Broadside, Smithsonian Folkways

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  • Pete Seeger, “We Shall Not Be Moved”, Generations Of Folk/Vol. 2, Vanguard

  • Joan Baez, “I Pity the Poor Immigrant”, Generations Of Folk/Vol. 2, Vanguard

  • Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are A-Changin’”, The Times They A-Changin’, Columbia

  • Phil Ochs, “I Ain’t Marching Anymore”, Generations Of Folk/Vol. 2, Vanguard

  • Buffy Sainte-Marie, “Universal Soldier”, Generations Of Folk/Vol. 2, Vanguard

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  • Joe Weed, “Walk Along the Wabash”, “Hymn To The Big Sky”, Appalachian Reel”, “Oregon Trail”, American Portrait, Highland