Happy Birthday America!

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

Indeed, it’s two days beyond Independence Day, but we’re still celebrating at Profiles in Folk. This is our annual musical salute to the most marvelous nation on Earth as it marks its 236th birthday and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

As in past July 4 musical salutes, I honed in on selected significant points in American musical. This year the choice of what to highlight was simple: the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the birth dates of bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe and Woody Guthrie, America’s balladeer. Monroe’s birthday centennial began on Sept. 13, 2011 and Guthrie’s begins this July 14.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

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

  • Kenny Sultan (& Tom Ball), “American Medley”, Too Much Fun, Flying Fish

  • Matt Turk, “America The Beautiful”, American Preservation, Independent

  • Lorraine Hammond et al, “Old Yankee Doodle/Punch Bowl Reel”, The Muddy River Suite, Snowy Egret Music

  • Jake Shimabukuro, “Stars & Stripes Forever”, Jake Shimabukuro, Sony Japan


  • Ed Pettersen, “The Liberty Song”, Song Of America, 31 Tigers Records

  • The Wilders, “Jefferson & Liberty”, Song Of America, 31 Tigers Records

  • Minton Sparks & Pat Flynn, “Declaration Of Sentiments”, Song Of America, 31 Tigers Records


  • Work O’ The Weavers, “Roll On Columbia”, Work O’ The Weavers, Independent

  • Weavers, “So Long It’s Been Good To Know Yuh”, “Jack Hammer John”, Wasn’t That A Time, Vanguard Box

  • Weavermania!, “This Land Is Your Land”, Weavermania Live!, Independent


  • John McCutcheon, “Pretty Boy Floyd”, This Land: Woody Guthrie’s America, Appalsongs

  • Joel Raphael, “1913 Massacre”, “Dust Storm Disaster”, The Songs Of Woody Guthrie, Inside Recordings

  • John McCutcheon, “Deportees”, This Land: Woody Guthrie’s America, Appalsongs


  • Bill Monroe & Doc Watson, “Soldier’s Joy”, “Foggy Mountain Top”, “What Would Give In Exchange For Your Soul?”, Off The Record/Vol. 2, Smithsonian Folkways


  • Special Consensus, “Monroe”, Scratch Gravel Road, Compass

  • Laurie Lewis, “Blue Moon Of Kentucky”, Skippin’ & Flyin’, Spruce & Maple Music

  • John Reischman & The Jaybirds, “The First Whippoorwill”, Vintage & Unique, Corvus

  • Ross Nickerson, “Jerusalem Ridge”, Let’s Kick It, Bones Records