First, the ticky technical things:
1) My old links still seem to be working, but for how long, I can’t say. EZarchive is still in flux and they aren’t supposed to be battened down until the end of the week.
2) It isn’t possible to upload anything but image files … or zip files … but I’m not gonna zip everything up. Plus apparently, new bandwidth restrictions are in place. Therefore … new hosting must be found … somewhere, somehow … and there went the money I paid EZarchive, down the drain. Will they refund? Who knows.
And so, onwards … for now we’ll go the honest route, since there’s still yummy music to be had. Once in awhile I get an interesting email from Bloodshot Records, my favorite purveyor of grimy alt-country-rock. The Detroit Cobras, the Old 97s, Scott Biram, the Deadstring Brothers, Neko Case … the list goes on. Bloodshot is like donuts, according to Homer — is there anything they can’t do?
The Old Town School Of Folk Music Songbook (hurts my fingers typing all that) is a replay of those old traditional folk & gospel songs. They survive on their own merits, of course — “Amazing Grace,” “Down In the Valley,” “Wabash Cannonball,” and such are all in the Americana canon — but they’re redone beautifully. If you like the old-timey stuff, you’re good to go with this compilation. And if you’re in Chicago, you could even sign yourself up for classes at the Old Town School Of Folk Music — how cool is that?
Old Town School Of Folk Music Songbook (Vol 1) – Site (at Bloodshot Records)