Category Archives: Folk music

The Wabash Cannonball: The Carter Family; Roy Acuff; Glen Campbell

Hello there! This week our blog features an old country classic, The Wabash Cannonball. We will begin with an early recorded version by The Carter Family. Next, we will review a cover by Roy Acuff, and finally a cover by … Continue reading

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Blowin’ In The Wind: Bob Dylan; Peter, Paul & Mary; Sam Cooke

Hello there! This week our blog features a folk song that became one of the great civil-rights anthems, Blowin’ In The Wind. We will begin with the original by Bob Dylan. Next, we will review a cover by Peter, Paul … Continue reading

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This Land Is Your Land: Blind Willie Davis; The Carter Family; Woody Guthrie; Peter, Paul & Mary

Hello there! This week our blog features a folk anthem, This Land Is Your Land. We will first discuss predecessors to this melody from Blind Willie Davis and The Carter Family. Next, we will review Woody Guthrie’s timeless tune, and … Continue reading

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Both Sides, Now: Joni Mitchell; Judy Collins; Harpers Bizarre

Hello there! This week our blog features a terrific folk music tune, Both Sides, Now. We will first discuss the version by singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. Next, we will review a cover by Judy Collins (which was actually the first version … Continue reading

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Early Morning Rain: Gordon Lightfoot; Ian & Sylvia; Peter, Paul & Mary

Hello there! This week our blog features a great folk-pop song, Early Morning Rain. We will first discuss the version by songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. Next, we will review a cover of this song by Ian & Sylvia, and we will … Continue reading

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The Boxer: Simon & Garfunkel; Joan Baez; Jerry Douglas, Shawn Colvin & Alison Krauss

Hello there! This week our blog features a wonderful folk-rock song, The Boxer. First we will discuss the original version of the song by Simon and Garfunkel. Next, we will show the song as it was covered by Joan Baez, … Continue reading

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America: Simon and Garfunkel; David Bowie; Yes.

Hello there! This week’s blog entry is America. This is a beautiful and moving folk-rock song composed by Paul Simon. We will review the original song by Simon & Garfunkel. We will next discuss covers of the song by David … Continue reading

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Take Me Home, Country Roads: John Denver; the Osborne Brothers; Toots & the Maytals

Hello there! This week’s blog entry is Take Me Home, Country Roads. This is a beautiful and moving folk-rock song composed by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and John Denver. We will start with a brief review of John Denver’s career. … Continue reading

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Mrs. Robinson: Simon and Garfunkel (The Graduate); Bon Jovi; The Lemonheads

Hello there! Welcome to a new feature: “Tim’s Cover Story Goes To The Movies.” In this series, we will discuss a famous song that makes an important contribution to a major motion picture. Our first song in this series is … Continue reading

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Worried Man Blues: The Carter Family; The Kingston Trio; Devo

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song Worried Man Blues. This is a great ‘roots’ folk song, originally recorded in the 1940s. We will start with the original song by the Carter Family. We will then review … Continue reading

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