Special Sub-Topic: Just Plain Folks
|On his first album, Bob Dylan tells us that he "first learned this song from Rick Von Schmitt", who had a successful career as Eric Von Schmitt. Name that tune.|
Baby, Let Me Follow You Down. Baby, let me follow you down, I'll do anything in this God Almighty world if you'll just let me follow you down."
|On his first album, this folkie from Boston played a wicked, slide guitar piece called "Panama Limited". Remember his name?|
Tom Rush. Every kid with a Guild D-35 tried to master this masterpiece and if you ain't heard it, you ain't heard nothin' yet.
|The folk music revival went mainstream when this show appeared on network TV. Can you name it?|
Hootenanny. A hootenanny is a gathering of folkies playing together. And, if there's an audience, everyone joins in singing "My girl knows the bowling score, Hallelujah" or something like that.
|This bear of a man was a major league folkie who owned a record store in Greenwich Village. His tunes include "Mr. Noah" and "Cocaine". Can you name him?|
Dave Van Ronk. "Turning down Beale Street, turning up Main, looking for the gal who sells cocaine. Cocaine, run all 'round my brain" Van Ronk's deep, gravelly voice was perfect for the blues. If you'd like to hear him at his best, check out "Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger". Fine, fine music.
|This man recognized the unique qualities of American folk music and travelled through the South recording and collecting "the real dirt", that is, genuine music of the folk. Can you name him?|
Alan Lomax. Lomax travelled the "hollars and hills" of Appalachia recording the likes of Almeda Riddle and The Holy Rollers. His work is available as a book and in various collections of recorded folk music.
|"This land is your land, this land is my land..." We all learned this folk song in school, but who wrote it?|
Woody Guthrie. Guthrie, who travelled that "ribbon of highway" was the reason Robert Zimmerman of Hibbing, Minnesota became Bob Dylan. Thanks, Woody.
|"Where Have All The Flowers Gone" was an anti-war anthem all through the Viet Nam War era. Who authored this touching folk song?|
Pete Seeger. This tune was covered by Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio and just about anyone who could pick out the simple melody. Oh, and it was a mainstay at hootenannies, too.
|Another anti-war tune that crossed over to the mainstream was "Baby, the Rain Must Fall". Who had a hit with this song?|
Glen Yarborough. Since the war in Viet Nam was still accepted by most Americans, song writers disguised their anti-war sentiments in sweet songs like this one. That is 'til Dylan told us all "the times they are a-changin'"
|With the addition of electric guitar and other instruments, the folk revival led to the advent of folk-rock. Which of the following groups epitomized the folk rock sound? |
The Byrds. With a 12-string Rickenbacher guitar and songs written by Bob Dylan, (Mr. Tamborineman) The Byrds capitalized on the folk revival before turning into a dynamite rock group with songs like "8 Miles High".
|Finally, Maria Muldaur of "Midnight at the Oasis" fame started out as the front for this folk group. Can you name it?|
The Jim Kweskin Jug Band. Long before her hit, Maria made some down home, foot stompin' music with this ecclectic group that employed traditional, mountain folk instruments including a jug, banjo, autoharp, dulcimer and acoustic bass.
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