Category Archives: Folk music

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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Rock Island Line: Leadbelly, Lonnie Donegan, and John Lennon

Hello there!  In this week’s blog we consider the song Rock Island Line.  This is originally a folk-blues song that was later converted to a British folk-pop song.  We will start with a version by Leadbelly, and then discuss covers … Continue reading

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Turn! Turn! Turn!: Pete Seeger, The Byrds, and The Seekers

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season). This is a terrific folk/folk-rock song from the early 60s. We will start with the original by Pete Seeger, and then … Continue reading

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Mr. Bojangles: Jerry Jeff Walker, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sammy Davis Jr.

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song Mr. Bojangles. This is a terrific country-rock song from the late 60s. We will start with the original version by singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, and then discuss covers of that … Continue reading

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Big Yellow Taxi: Joni Mitchell, Counting Crows and Amy Grant

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song Big Yellow Taxi. This is a terrific environmental-themed folk-rock song written and performed by Joni Mitchell. We will start with Joni’s original, then discuss covers of that song by Counting … Continue reading

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Get Together: The Kingston Trio, and The Youngbloods

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider Get Together, a terrific folk-rock song from the 60s. We will review the first recorded version by the Kingston Trio, and a cover of that song by Jesse Colin Young and the … Continue reading

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Reason to Believe: Tim Hardin, Rod Stewart and the Carpenters

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider Reason to Believe. This is a great folk-pop song from the 60s. We will review the original version by Tim Hardin, and covers of that song by Rod Stewart and the Carpenters. … Continue reading

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