Smithsonian Folkways Brings Sounds Of New Orleans To Life

Smithsonian Folkways, the Smithsonian Institution’s nonprofit record label, is set to release Classic Sounds of New Orleans, a twenty-six-track CD that hits the highlights of what Folkways calls “America’s most musical city.”

The new disc, out July 27, aims to capture and preserve just how “integral music is to everyday life in New Orleans,” by including not just jazz, blues and brass band music, but the rawer sounds heard on the streets, like those of vendors, a “down-and-out jazzman blowing his harmonica,” and a street-corner evangelist.

Beyond the city, the compilation acknowledges New Orleans’ music as a point of origin for many influential artists of the present and past decades, like Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, or Dr. John and the Marsalis family.

Classic Sounds of New Orleans Track List:

1. Just a Little While to Stay Here – Eureka Brass Band

2. Shoe Shine Hambone – Shoe Shine Boy

3. Tiger Rag – Freddie L. Small

4. Blackberries! – Dora Bliggen

5. Red White and Blue Got the Golden Band – Mardi Gras Indians

6. Times Done Changed – Sister Dora Alexander

7. Dark Was the Night – Rev. Lewis Jackson & Charlotte Rucell

8. Back to the Time – Choir of Pilgrim Baptist Church

9. We Shall Walk through the Streets of the City (Dirge) – Doc Paulin

10. We Shall Walk through the Streets of the City (March) – Doc Paulin

11. Bucket’s Got a Hole in It – Punch Miller with Samuel B. Charters

12. Spooky Drums #1 – Baby Dodds

13. Millenberg Joys – Emile Barnes

14. Clarinet Marmalade – Six & Seven Eights String Band

15. High Society – Snooks Eaglin

16. Careless Love – Lonnie Johnson

17. Lonesome Road – Billie & Dee Dee Pierce w. Emile Barnes

18. Corrine, Corrina – Kid Clayton

19. Saint James Infirmary – Snooks Eaglin

20. Take Your Big Leg Off Me/Easy Rider/ Mama Don’t ‘Low No Music Playing Here – H. J. Boiusseau

21. Rattlesnake Boogie – Champion Jack Dupree

22. Please Don’t Talk about Me When I’m Gone – Roosevelt Sykes

23. Jimmy’s Blues – Kid Clayton

24. C. C. Rider – Lonnie Johnson

25. Shake It and Break It – Emile Barnes & Lawrence Tocca with Billie Pierce

26. Lord, Lord, Lord – Eureka Brass Band

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