Thursday, 7 February 2013

Women Folk - Iconic Women Of American Folk

This compilation explores pioneers of the first wave of the folk movement in America - women that ignited the modern folk revival and were key influences on modern icons Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Judy Collins and all who followed in their footsteps. Odetta, a true pioneer of the women's movement, was a huge influence on the young Bob Dylan and played a key role in Janis Joplin's development.

Odetta has to be considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. No solo woman performer before Odetta had toured the world singing folk, blues, spirituals and protest songs - ultimately relaying the southern folk experience to a broader audience around the globe. Jean Ritchie is considered the mother of Appalachian folk music and was responsible for exposing her peers to a treasure trove of material passed down from her ancestors that have since become staples of the world-wide folk scene.

Bob Dylan was invited by Carolyn Hester to play harmonica on her first Columbia record which led to Dylan's signing with the label. Barbara Dane raised the bar for all singers when she first burst onto the scene in the early 1950's and a little lady from the Southern Appalachians named Etta Baker set the standard for folk guitarists everywhere.

1. Sail Away Ladies - Odetta
2. Railroad Bill - Etta Baker
3. When I Was a Young Girl - Barbara Dane
4. Bashful Courtship, The - Jean Ritchie
5. Go 'Way From My Window - Carolyn Hester
6. Midnight Special - Odetta
7. Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad - Etta Baker
8. Nine Hundred Miles - Barbara Dane
9. Old Grey Goose Is Dead, The - Jean Ritchie
10. Water Is Wide, The - Carolyn Hester
11. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands - Odetta
12. John Henry - Etta Baker
13. Danville Girl, The - Barbara Dane
14. Blackest Crow, The - Jean Ritchie
15. House of the Rising Sun - Carolyn Hester
16. Take This Hammer - Odetta
17. One Dime Blues - Etta Baker
18. Ramblin' - Barbara Dane
19. Wondrous Love - Jean Ritchie
20. Summertime - Carolyn Hester
(192 kbps, front cover included)


  1. Paco's brother9 February 2013 07:49

    Very great voices
    Thanks again for all your work

  2. You are welcome, greetings!

  3. Hi,
    Sorry for writing this as a comment but i couldn't find your email, a month ago i began my own blog dedicated to Folk, singer-song writters and musicated poetry from Spain, the blog is called:
    In that blog i will upload my podcast programs which can be heared or downloaded in mp3 from the blog, as well as the original albums from i took the music. In the programs i'm introducing the songs with the proper information, and in the blog describing the program content.
    I would like you to help me promote my blog, including a link in your blog or by any other way you could.
    Thanks a lot.

  4. Dear Carlos, thanks a lot for the great work on your blog. We added you to our bloglist. Greetings!