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Sent: 23 May 2011 20:17

Subject: Asian American Music, Hazel Dickens, Folklife Festival Concerts


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Dear Subscriber,


May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and the Spring 2011 edition of Smithsonian Folkways Magazine takes a deeper look at the influential 1973 album A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America.

The album, recorded by three young activists in New York City, reflects the experiences of the first generation to identify with the term and concept “Asian American” – a pan-ethnic association formulated upon a shared history of discrimination. Read more...

A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America


Smithsonian Folkways Magazine

Also featured in the Spring edition of Smithsonian Folkways Magazine:

  • Recording Spotlight: Dan Milner discussed the process of recording 19th-century ballads heard on the new album Civil War Naval Songs
  • Archive Spotlight: Watch newly digitized footage of pioneering woman of bluegrass Hazel Dickens (1935-2011) performing at the 1978 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
  • Tools for Teaching: Learn and teach about jazz with a new interactive education website
  • Video Spotlight: An introduction to jazz music with music curator John Edward Hasse

Smithsonian Folkways Magazine is the online-only multimedia magazine of the non-profit record label of the Smithsonian Institution.


Subscriber Discount

Enter code May11FreeShip and receive free standard, domestic shipping on your next order of $50 or more through May 31st! (excludes international and wholesale orders)


2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 30–July 4 and July 7–11

The 45th Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a free event on the National Mall in Washington D.C., features programs on Colombia, The Peace Corps, and Rhythm & Blues.


Three Free Folkways Evening Concerts – Mark Your Calendars!


Watch Grupo Cimarrón wow the audience at the 2009 Folklife Festival

Grupo Cimarrón wows the Festival audience

Saturday, July 2, 6pm – Grupo Cimarrón will make its third Festival appearance, performing the powerful, unbridled music from the upcoming album ¡Cimarrón! Joropo Music from the Plains of Colombia (available by June 28 at


Watch them get the crowd moving at the 2009 Folklife Festival

Estrellas del Vallenato gets the crowd moving

Saturday, July 9, 6pm – Estrellas del Vallenato will perform songs from the award-winning album ¡Ayombe! The Heart of Colombia's Música Vallenata.


Watch Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower perform in concert

Elizabeth Mitchell leads a family dance

Saturday, July 9, 6pm – 2011 Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert featuring Elizabeth Mitchell, Suni Paz, and Chip Taylor and the Grandkids

This evening of family-friendly music is a tribute to Kate Rinzler. Elizabeth Mitchell recorded two acclaimed albums for Smithsonian Folkways and will make her Festival debut with Suni Paz, singing songs in English and Spanish. Chip Taylor and the Grandkids performs songs from the upcoming album Golden Kids Rules.


Smithsonian Folkways Trivia!
Each month we'll ask a trivia question; email your answer, name, and address with the subject "May Trivia" to SmithsonianFolkways_at_si_dot_edu by May 31, 2011, and a randomly selected entrant with the correct answer will win a free CD of his or her choice!

May Question: Bluegrass pioneer Hazel Dickens grew up in a mining family in West Virginia and appeared in several films, including a 1987 film about a coal mine workers’ strike. What is the film?

Congratulations to last month's winner, Stefan from New Zealand, who correctly answered “Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead!” to the question: Union Admiral David Farragut, subject of the ballad “Farragut’s Ball” from Civil War Naval Songs, shouted what famous order during the 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay? (Hint—the phrase was re-used for the title of an acclaimed 1979 rock album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.)


News and Notes

  • A new biography, I Feel So Good: The Life & Times of Big Bill Broonzy by Bob Reisman, is now available. Broonzy's recordings for Folkways in the 1950s were reissued in recent years.
  • We remember pioneering woman of bluegrass Hazel Dickens (1935–2011). Dickens recorded two albums for Folkways Records with Alice Gerrard, the first of which, Who's That Knocking (1965), is one of the first women-led bluegrass recordings. The albums were reissued as Pioneering Women of Bluegrass in 1996.
  • We remember artist and cowboy songster Harry Jackson (1924–2011), who recorded the 1959 Folkways Records release The Cowboy: His Songs, Ballads and Brag Talk.

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