From: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings [smithsonianfolkways_at_si_dot_edu]

Sent: 21 September 2012 18:04

Subject: New Music from Smithsonian Folkways - September


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Smithsonian Folkways

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Stephen Wade's Innovative and Surprising Banjo Diary Now Available

Stephen Wade's new album Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition, coinciding with the publication of his new book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, is now available in CD and digital download formats.

Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition explores knowledge older musicians have bequeathed to younger players. Inspired by past banjo masters of frailing and of two- and three-finger styles, Stephen Wade, accompanied by Mike Craver, Russ Hooper, Danny Knicely, James Leva, and Zan McLeod, mines new creative possibilities with pump organ, piano, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, Dobro, washboard, rhumba box, and bass.

Upcoming events:

? Saturday, September 22: Book signing at the Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C
? Thursday, September 27: Headlining concert at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia

Click here for additional events.


Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition
Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition
Stephen Wade

Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie


Sneak Preview: Blue Clouds by Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower (available October 22)

Over the course of six albums in nearly 15 years, Elizabeth Mitchell has invited listeners to join her, husband Daniel Littleton, their daughter Storey, and other friends and relatives to become part of an extended musical family. On Blue Clouds (out October 22), she raises her special kind of family-centric music to new heights by bringing clarity and beauty to a surprising range of songs.

Sneak Preview - Listen to Selections from Blue Clouds

Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower are performing upcoming concerts in New York City (2 shows), Olivebridge, New York, Chicago, Illinois, San Francisco, California, Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, Portland, Maine, and Atlanta, Georgia (2 shows). Click here for full details.

New Videos from Elizabeth Mitchell and Quetzal


Behind-the-scenes video"Shoo Lie Loo" by Elizabeth Mitchell from
Sunny Day


Behind-the-scenes videoQuetzal Performs "Estoy Aqui" from Imaginaries at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Folkways Trivia!

Each month we'll ask a trivia question; e-mail your answer, name, and address with the subject "September Trivia" to SmithsonianFolkways_at_si_dot_edu by September 30, and a randomly selected entrant with the correct answer will win a free CD of his or her choice!

September Question: What folk song has been recorded by countless artists (including Clarence Ashley, Ella Jenkins, Taj Mahal, The Everly Brothers, Pentangle, Jean Ritchie, Tom Rush, Hobart Smith, Doc Watson, and, most recently, Stephen Wade on Banjo Diary), perhaps because its deceptive simplicity allows it to "take flight" via creative interpretation?

Congratulations to last month's winner, Shannon from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, who correctly answered "El Paso, written by Marty Robbins and fight song for the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP)" to the question: "What borderland murder ballad, recorded instrumentally by Los Texmaniacs on Texas Towns & Tex-Mex Sounds, has also been covered by The Grateful Dead and became a university fight song?"

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