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The Folk Music Revival of 2001

On this edition of All Songs Considered we look at some of the artists responsible for 2001's folk music revival. Featured artists: Gillian Welch, Ralph Stanley, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Doc Watson, Roscoe Holcomb, John Hartford, the Reverend Gary Davis, and the 1946 Band.

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The Folk Music Revival of 2001

Angel Band

More than thirty years after the death of Carter Stanley, his brother Ralph is enjoying more popularity than ever. This recording was made in 1955.

Big Rock Candy Mountain

John Hartford was a passionate and often unheard voice in country music for more than 30 years. The soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? brought him the attention his fans thought he long deserved.

Waiting for a Train

Jimmie Rodgers was the father of country music. This song -- one of his trademark train tunes -- was recorded in 1929.

Cold, Cold Heart

In six short years, Hank Williams forever changed the course of music history. Though he died before he was 30, Williams left a remarkable collection of original songs still performed by artists around the world.

Man of Constant Sorrow

Musician, photographer, and historian John Cohen first heard Roscoe Holcomb play the banjo on a journey through eastern Kentucky in the late 1950s. Cohen coined the phrase "high, lonesome sound" to describe Holcomb's voice.

Twelve Gates to the City

The Reverend Gary Davis was a great ragtime guitarist in the 1920s. He was an ordained minister, and part of the folk revival of the 1960s.

Little Sadie

Doc Watson first performed on electric guitar, but switched to acoustic for his first solo performance at Gerdes Folk City, featured on this recording.

Dear Someone

Gillian Welch is one of several young artists helping to revive the sound of old-timey folk and bluegrass.

The Butcher Boy

The 1946 Band pays tribute to the great father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys with vintage clothing and a meticulously crafted sound.