SORM Playlist #15-09: Finger Pointin’ Songs
(airing the week starting 2-25-15)

Topical songs have been a major component of American folk music for many years. This week we’ll hear some of the classic songs about warfare, railroads, coal mining and unions. Music from The Almanac Singers, Big Bill Broonzy, Guy Carawan, Paul Robeson and many more.


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Artist / “Title” / CD / Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer” / Songs Of Hope And Struggle /

Fiddle Whamdiddle / “Miss McLeod’s Reel” / Old School, Old Time /
         Owl Mountain
Red Patterson’s Piedmont Log Rollers / “The Battleship of Maine” /
        Bloody War: Songs 1924-1939 / Tompkins Square
Mrs. Minta Morgan / “Washington the Great” / Songs and Ballads of
        American History… / Rounder
The Almanac Singers / “The Sinking of the Reuben James” / Songs of
        Protest / Prism Leisure
Woody Guthrie / “When the Yanks Go Marching In” / Hard Travelin’”/
        Smithsonian Folkways

Pete Seeger and the Hooteneers / “John Henry” / Sing Out! Hootenanny /
        Smithsonian Folkways
Leadbelly / “Linin’ Track” / Classic Railroad Songs /
        Smithsonian Folkways
Big Bill Broonzy / “This Train” / Classic Folk Music /
        Smithsonian Folkways
Sam McGee / “Railroad Blues” / Classic Mountain Songs /
        Smithsonian Folkways
Will Holt / “MTA” / Newport Folk Festival 1960 / Not Now
Fiddle Whamdiddle / “Spider Bit the Baby” / Old School, Old Time /
        Owl Mountain

Kathy Mattea / “Coal Tatoo” / Coal / Thirty Tigers
John McCutcheon / “The Young Ones Don’t Remember” / Gonna Rise
        Again / Rounder
Guy Carawan with Candy Carawan and Friends / “The L&N Don’t Stop
        Here Anymore / Arbol de la Vida / Flying Fish

Peter K. Siegel & Eli Smith / “There is Power in the Union” / The
        Union Makes Us Strong / Weave Room
Paul Robeson / “Joe Hill” / Classic Labor Songs / Smithsonian Folkways
Elaine Purkey / “Labor’s Got Its Hands In Its Pockets” / Mountain
        Music, Mountain Struggle / Marimac

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer” / Songs of Hope and Struggle /

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