First broadcast July 3, 2009

Celebrating America’s 233rd Birthday

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This is our annual birthday party for this dear and beloved old nation. It includes a bit of patriotism, a set of protest and justice songs the befits our nation’s Founding Fathers and a return to the seminal “Harry Smith’s Anthology Of American Folk Music”, one of the most profoundly influential collections of recorded folk music that has made its mark on several generations of Americans and folk music performers. First issued in 1952 by Moe Asch’s Folkways Records, the anthology was reissued in 1997 in a boxed set by the Smithsonian Institution, which acquired Folkways in 1986. It’s a collection of music that should reside in every American home.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

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

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

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

  • Various, “This Land Is Your Land”, This Land Is Your Land, Music For Little People

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

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  • Utah Phillips, “The Long Memory”, Songs Of Social Justice, URI Foundation

  • Utah Phillips, “Introduction & Mother Jones”, Songs Of Social Justice, URI Foundation

  • Ronnie Gilbert, “Wasn’t That A Time”, Songs Of Social Justice, URI Foundation

  • The Weavers, “Wasn’t That A Time”, Wasn’t That A Time, Vanguard (Box Set)

  • Nora Guthrie, “My Peace”, Songs Of Social Justice, URI Foundation

  • Kim & Reggie Harris, “Introduction & Too Many Martyrs”, Songs Of Social Justice, URI Foundation

  • John McCutcheon, “Our Flag Was Still There”, Mightier Than The Sword, Appalsongs

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  • Cincinnati Jug Band, “Newport Blues”, Anthology Of American Folk Music, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Memphis Jug Band, “K.C. Moan”, Anthology Of American Folk Music, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Cannon’s Jug Stompers, “Feather Bed”, Anthology Of American Folk Music, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Memphis Jug Band, “Bob Lee Junior Blues”, Anthology Of American Folk Music, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Cannon’s Jug Stompers, “Minglewood Blues”, Anthology Of American Folk Music, Smithsonian Folkways

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  • Williamson Brothers & Curry, “Gonna Die With A Hammer In My Hand”, Anthology Of American Folk Music, Smithsonian Folkways

  • The Carter Family, “John Hardy”, Anthology Of American Folk Music, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Frank Hutchinson, “Stackalee”, Anthology Of American Folk Music, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Mississippi John Hurt, “Frankie”, Anthology Of American Folk Music, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Furry Lewis, “Kassie Jones”, Anthology Of American Folk Music, Smithsonian Folkways

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  • Hoyt Ming & His Pep-Steppers, “Indian War Whoop”, Anthology Of American Folk Music, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Prince Albert Hunt’s Texas Ramblers, “Wake Up Jacob”, Anthology Of American Folk Music, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Frank Cloutier & The Victory Café Orchestra, “Moonshiner’s Dance/Part 1”, Anthology Of American Folk Music, Smithsonian Folkways