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Lonesome Valley

Folkways LP # FA 2010 (10")


Long Playing Non-Breakable Micro Groove 33 1/3 RPM

Track Listing:

Side 1
  1. Down In The Valley: Pete Seeger, Bess Lomax, Tom Glazer, Butch Hawes
  2. The Rambler: Cisco Houston
  3. Arthritis Blues: Butch Hawes
  4. Polly Wolly Doodle All Day: Pete Seeger, Bess Lomax, Tom Glazer, Butch Hawes
Side 2
  1. Lonesome Traveller (Lee Hays): Lee Hays, Pete Seeger, Dock Reese. Holly Wood, Bess Lomax, Butch Hawes
  2. On Top Of Old Smoky: Cisco Houston
  3. Black Eyed Suzie: Pete Seeger and Group
  4. Cowboy Waltz (Woody Guthrie): Instr. Woody Guthrie and Group
  5. Sowing On The Mountain (Woody Guthrie): Cisco Houston and Woody Guthrie

Notes on the LP

Custom molded by Plastylite

These selections were chosen from various acetate scraps left among the singers and others and usually represent ‘second’ takes because of slips or mistakes. However, after these many years (6), on re-hearing, the ‘spirit’ of the performances was so good that Folkways felt that it would be a shame not to have its many friends hear them.

Vocal & Instr, Banjo, Mandolin, Guitars


Jim Clark

Bit too hillbilly for me, but Cisco is the strongest performer, both his singing and his aura, by far.

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