It was announced recently the publication of a set of five CD box entitled “Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, the first career”. It is a very important collection not only on a documentary but also music aspect, and affecting one of the great pioneers of the blues in the first half of the twentieth century. Exactly Huddie Ledbetter (born in about 1888 and died in 1949) aka Lead Belly. The publication of the large collection of his “youth” recordings is scheduled for February 2015, will be accompanied by a book of 140 pages in large format, which can be purchased at a special price, along with the digital version of all the songs, in preorder. The name check in the stories and reflections of all the great artists and scholars related to the American folk and traditional scene: from Woody Guthrie to Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Alan Lomax. And especially because of the fact that the twelve-string guitar virtuoso – living his life wandering between Louisiana, Texas and New York – has left an indelible mark in the history of American music, with many impromptu songs, now famous , that Lomax (father and son) have fortunately recorded in the course of their search campaigns on behalf of the Library of Congress. The first time Lead Belly meets Lomax is in the Louisiana State Penitentiary. We are in 1933 and the life of bluesman changes radically. The lomax – who discover in the prisons of the southern United States a basin full of work songs and spirituals – recorded hundreds of songs and, through quite complex events, Leadbelly promote his music, throwing in a moderately successful career, which stop only with his death in 1949. The records that the Smithsonian has organized in this new and important publication project are the result of a collaboration with the Lead Belly Foundation, the John Reynolds Collection / Lead Belly Society and the National Museum of African History and Culture.
Here you can listen some previews of the rich catalog.
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