Well ‘folks’ it’s that time of year again when the streets fill up with revelers and the nights are full of tunage. Yep, you guessed it. Roots & Blues time. Now over here in ol’An Sibin we love roots and blues (especially beets). So we figured we’d get into the spirit of the weekend early and raid The Public Records‘ own roots and blues stock and take you on a little whirlwind tour of the country’s musical traditions.

All of the albums listed below can be found on the World Wide Folk shelf (B1)

*THE SOUL STIRRRING GOSPEL SOUNDS OF THE PILGRIM TRAVELERS FEATURING LOUIS RAWLS ARRANGED AND CONDUCTED BY J.W. ALEXANDER AND RENÉ HALL (1966) – This is gospel, its funky, and it features Lou Rawls. Oosh.

When you listen to religious music like this and then can turn on the radio and hear its influence in the sounds of the secular world, you have something super cool that you don’t realize. You have informality; the thread of American music and culture. And this is very important. It is the people’s music; the rules of high society don’t apply. Heady themes of morality and faith are being sung in extremely approachable forms. No pomp. All fun. And everyone can take part. This trait also applied to its secular counterpart.

Folk songs also deal with heavy issues. Love, life, loss. Sometimes the tone is somber, sometimes it’s rowdy -but never uptight. Again, an exercise in the informal. Western art music this is not, yet it is no less complicated.

First, there was the opera. Then there was the opry. And now you have Lancaster Roots & Blues. But before that, you can come get ready to get in the mood for the weekend with us….

Here is a little something to put you right:

*Dewey Balfa, Marc Savoy & D.L. Menard Louisiana Cajun Music Underneath The Green Oak Tree (1977) – Heavy cajun folk. Get ready to go deep.

*TEXAS FOLK SONGS sung by ALAN LOMAX guitar and banjo Guy Carawan; harmonica John Cole (1958) – Alan Lomax is from Austin. He knows.

*The Philadelphia Folk Festival Recorded at the Old Poole Farm, Upper Salford, Pa. August 26, 27, 28 1977 – It’s local. It’s legit. We should all take a trip.

*Be sure to enjoy these albums and the others like them in our collection with a neat Maker’s Mark and be sure to enjoy them responsibly.

Oh yeah, you’ll find some speak-easy style blues in our 10 inch section. It’s cool; we can handle 78s.