The Folk Music Revival of 2001
On this edition of All Songs Considered we look at some of the artists responsible for 2001's folk music revival. Featured artists: Gillian Welch, Ralph Stanley, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Doc Watson, Roscoe Holcomb, John Hartford, the Reverend Gary Davis, and the 1946 Band.
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Gillian Welch is one of several young artists helping to revive the sound of old-timey folk and bluegrass.
Doc Watson first performed on electric guitar, but switched to acoustic for his first solo performance at Gerdes Folk City, featured on this recording.
Twelve Gates to the City
The Reverend Gary Davis was a great ragtime guitarist in the 1920s. He was an ordained minister, and part of the folk revival of the 1960s.
Man of Constant Sorrow
Musician, photographer, and historian John Cohen first heard Roscoe Holcomb play the banjo on a journey through eastern Kentucky in the late 1950s. Cohen coined the phrase "high, lonesome sound" to describe Holcomb's voice.
Cold, Cold Heart
In six short years, Hank Williams forever changed the course of music history. Though he died before he was 30, Williams left a remarkable collection of original songs still performed by artists around the world.
Waiting for a Train
Jimmie Rodgers was the father of country music. This song -- one of his trademark train tunes -- was recorded in 1929.
Big Rock Candy Mountain
John Hartford was a passionate and often unheard voice in country music for more than 30 years. The soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? brought him the attention his fans thought he long deserved.
The Butcher Boy
The 1946 Band pays tribute to the great father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys with vintage clothing and a meticulously crafted sound.
More than thirty years after the death of Carter Stanley, his brother Ralph is enjoying more popularity than ever. This recording was made in 1955.
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