American Epic: The Soundtrack [LP] (150 Gram, gatefold)
American Epic: The Soundtrack leads the way for a series of album releases accompanying the Lo-Max/PBS/BBC Arena film project "American Epic" created by Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson and Directed by Bernard MacMahon.
American Epic is a journey across time to the birth of modern recording, when music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology captured the breadth of American music and discovered the artists that would shape our world.
The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. Country singers in the Appalachians, Blues guitarists in the Mississippi Delta, Gospel preachers across the south, Cajun fiddlers in Louisiana, Tejano groups from the Texas Mexico border, Native American drummers in Arizona, and Hawaiian musicians were all recorded. It was the first time America heard itself.
Gonne Die with My Hammer in My Hand - Williamson Brothers & Curry
On the Road Again - Memphis Jug Band
Frankie - Mississippi John Hurt
Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow - The Carter Family
Mal Hombre - Lydia Mendoza
Peg and Awl - Carolina Tar Heels
Tomi Tomi - Sol K. Bright with The Aloha Serenaders
The Indian Tom Tom - Big Chief Henry's Indian String Band
Cocaine Habit Blues - Hattie Hart & The Memphis Jugband
Up Above My Head - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Down the Dirt Road Blues - Charley Patton
Allons A Lafayette - Joseph Falcon
Stackalee - Frank Hutchison
Waiting for a Train - Jimmie Rodgers
Jole Blon - The Breaux Brothers with Louis Michot