Classic American Ballads
Born of the British ballad, its American offspring was the blank canvas for all type of tales, the more calamitous or scandalous, the better. Jesse James and Billy the Kid, train wrecks and hurricanes, the Titanic and Tom Dooley, fatal lovers quarrels and foiling the devil, all were normal fare, served up in a song. Classic American Ballads features twenty-five tracks of time-worn tragedy drawn from the deep fount of the Smithsonian Folkways archives. Songs include Banks of Ohio, Cowboy’s Lament, John Henry, Boll Weevil, Frankie and Johnny, Blue Mountain Lake, Claude Allen, Springfield Mountain, Jesse James, and more.