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Classic Appalachian Blues

Greetings from the Smithsonian, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is pleased to announce an upcoming release, Classic Appalachian Blues, the18th edition of the Classics Series that delves into the varied and dynamic musical traditions of America. This new, currently release presents musicians hailing from throughout the Southern Appalachian region highlighting renowned blues performers as well as lesser known musicians from the Smithsonian Folkways and Smithsonian Folklife Festival collections. We discovered your website on The Blues Foundation affiliates listing and believe your society is one whose members would enjoy this new album. Classic Appalachian Blues is a 21-track album compiled and annotated by GRAMMY-nominated Blues historian Barry Lee Pearson and Grammy winner and Smithsonian Archivist, Jeff Place. It includes recordings dating back to the 1940s as well as live performances from the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife in the 1970s and 1980s. Pearson comments on the wide variety of Blues that make up this compilation by indicating that “referring to such a diverse body of songs as blues – whatever one’s criteria: subject matter, dance function or instrumental orientation – is itself characteristic of the Appalachian tradition.” Smithsonian Folkways is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. Our mission is the commitment to cultural diversity, education, increased understanding, and lively engagement with the world of sound. Please contact us if this is of interest to you. Thank you for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you. Read more about this new release on the Smithsonian Folkways website: http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=3249 “Appalachia isn't widely regarded as a wellspring of African American music, much less a cradle of the blues. But with the release of "Classic Appalachian Blues," a 21-track set of studio and live recordings made over five decades, the people at Smithsonian Folkways make a strong case for why it should be.” Washington Post, Bill Friskics-Warren Sincerely, KC Commander Marketing Department Intern Commanderk@si.edu CC: David Horgan eMarketing Specialist HorganD@si.edu