First broadcast August 22, 2008

A Double Celebration

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

There are plenty of candles on the cakes tonight. This show is a double celebration of the contributions made to old time music by Mike Seeger, who turned 75 on Aug. 15, and the New Lost City Ramblers, a group of which he was a founder 50 years ago. It would take a show five times as long as this one to do justice to feting both Mike Seeger and the New Lost City Rambler. Their influence on traditional folk music and especially American folk music and its practitioners is immense and everlasting.

As the late musicologist Jon Pankake once wrote of the Ramblers, Seeger and his cohorts John Cohen, Tom Paley and then Tracy Schwartz possessed the “… explicit intention of performing American folk music as it sounded before the inroads of radio, movies and television had begun to homogenize our diverse regional folkways.”

This tribute afforded us the opportunity of bringing back the Ramblers’ version of “Colored Aristocracy”, which for at least a decade was the theme song for “Profiles in Folk”.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • New Lost City Ramblers, “Colored Aristocracy”, There Ain’t No Way Out, Smithsonian Folkways

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  • Mike Seeger, “Ground Hog”, “Roustabout”, “Sallie Gooden”, “Wind And Rain”, Solo, Rounder

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  • New Lost City Ramblers, “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down”, “Sales Tax On Women”, “Rabbit Chase”, The Early Years/1958-1962, Smithsonian Folkways

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  • New Lost City Ramblers, “Leaving Home”, “Talking Hard Luck”, “Dallas Rag”, The Early Years/1958-1962, Smithsonian Folkways

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  • Mike & Peggy Seeger, “Lord Thomas And Fair Ellender”, Third Annual Farewell Reunion, Rounder

  • Mike & Pete Seeger, “900 Miles”, Third Annual Farewell Reunion, Rounder

  • Mike & Peggy & Penny Seeger, “I’m Going To The West”, Third Annual Farewell Reunion, Rounder

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  • New Lost City Ramblers, “Riding On The Train”, “The Titanic”, “The Cat’s Got The Measles The Dog’s Got Whooping Cough”, Valse du Bambocheur”, Out Standing In Their Field/1963-1973, Smithsonian Folkways

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  • Mike Seeger w/ The L-7s & David Grant, “Shaking Off The Acorns”, Third Annual Farewell Reunion, Rounder

  • Mike Seeger w/ Maria Muldaur & David Grisman, “The Memory Of Your Smile”, Third Annual Farewell Reunion, Rounder

  • Mike Seeger w/ Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin, “Only Remembered”, Third Annual Farewell Reunion, Rounder

  • Mike Seeger & Ralph Stanley, “East Virginia Blues”, Third Annual Farewell Reunion, Rounder

  • Mike Seeger & Bob Dylan, “The Ballad Of Hollis Brown”, Third Annual Farewell Reunion, Rounder

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  • Mike Seeger/John Hartford/David Grisman, “Jerusalem Ridge”, Retrograss, Acoustic Disc