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Songs of Hard Times: Up, Over & Through (1936​-​1982)

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Real-to-Reel Records
2020
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A 20-track Bandcamp-exclusive, prepared specifically for these trying times (Spring 2020). Featuring songs regarding difficulties, worries, and troubles — and various approaches of enduring and/or transcending them — drawn from the Caribbean, Spain, Italy, Scotland, England, and around the USA. Includes six previously unreleased tracks (see asterisks). May they provide some additional inspiration to you on your way up, over and through.

1. Dixon Athanase: Lamo Pa Dou
2. Bessie Jones & the Georgia Sea Island Singers: Buzzard Lope, Central Park, 1965*
3. Growling Tiger: Money Is King
4. Grant Rogers: Out of A Job, Newport Folk Festival, 1966*
5. Harry Cox: What Will Become of England
6. Arista Meladri and chorus: Doman L’è Festa (Tomorrow Is A Holiday), S. Giuseppe de Comacchio (Ferrara), Italy, November 1954.
7. Davie Stewart: Last Nicht I Was In the Granzie
8. Georgia Sea Island Singers: Buzzard Lope
9. Imanol Lertxundi and men’s chorus: Udaberrian Txoriak (Like the Birds In Spring) with irrintzi by Simon Badiola. Ondarroa, Basque Country, January 1953. 
10. Sloan Matthews: A Cowboy’s Life Is A Very Dreary Life, Pecos, Texas, July 1942. 
11. Rev. Pearly Brown: It’s A Mean Old World, Newport Folk Festival, 1966* 
12. Amadeo Magraner: Si Vas A Tonyar Al Tendre (threshing song), Tavernes de Valldigna, Valencia, Spain, January 1953. 
13. Holly Springs Sacred Harp Singing: Peace & Joy, Holly Springs, Georgia, June 1982* 
14. Aunt Molly Jackson: Roll On Buddy, NYC, 1939. 
15. Seebalak with group: Thumri (tan singing), Trinidad, 19062
16. Blind Jimmie Strothers: We Are Almost Down to the Shore, State Farm, Virginia, 1936.
17. Dock Reed, Vera Ward Hall, and Jesse Allison: Job, Job, Livingston, Alabama, 1939. 
18. Sid Hemphill and Lucius Smith: Goin’ Away, Won’t Be Long, Senatobia, Mississippi, 1959*