Re: [fearnwhiskey] songs about the great depression
Yazoo records put out a 2 vol compilation called Hard Times Come Again No More, which overall has 46 different tracks recorded during the Great Depression by both Hillbilly and Blues singers. Both discs are chalked full of appropriate material, plus there an achingly, beautiful version of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times..." done in 4 part harmony, with Piano.
County records put out a similar set called "Hard Times in the Country". That set includes Uncle Dave Macon's "Wreck Of the Tennesee Gravy Train" which is one of a number of topical songs Macon produced during that time. You might also want to check out his song about one timePresidental Candidate Al Smith on Revenant's Harry Smith Anthology Vol 4.
Last, but not least Bluebird put out a comp called When the Sun Goes Down: Poor Man's Heaven. Which is 24 more depression-era tracks including "Brother Can You Spare A Dime" along with tracks by J.M Gates ("F.D.R is Everyone's Friend"), Woody Guthrie' (Dusty Old Dust) and probably one of the most blue, blues song I may have ever heard, "35 Depression" by Daddy Stovpipe and Mississippi Sarah.
Those four discs alone might net you a semester worth of material, if I can add more I shall.
Preparing for tommorow's 4 hour John Henry Marathon
Carl A Zimring <cz28@...> wrote:
For a project I'm doing, I need a good song or two about belt-tightening during the 1930s, and I'm drawing a blank. Can anyone help me out?
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- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Steve Gardner" <steve@t...>
> Hey Carl,page:
> While searching for those Blind Alfred Reed lyrics I found this
>one of the most famous Depression era songs.
> Brother Can You Spare a Dime from 1932 (sung by Bing) is probably
>Brother Can You Spare A Dime is also on that Dave Alvin/Sun Ra lp.
> steve, who hasn't thought about this music in a while...
Can't remember lp title offhamnd.
Np Tim Buckley Boboquivari from Timbuckley.org Mp3
- I only recently discvovered one of my favorite cuts about being down and out in
that era, from a seemingly unliely source--the best kind. this is "Share Croppin'
Blues" as sung by Southern pop star Kay starr in about 1950, looking back; it's
on the CD "The Definitive Kay Starr" and is quite something.
I would also look to other places people won't thunk of so fast--like "The
Forgotten man" number form Golddiggers of 1933; it's on CD somwhere, and
pwoerful--though moreso whewn you see the Busby Berkeley approach gone
poliical. (Goebbels was so moved by this he tried to get Berkeley to move to
There's really a LOt in the blues area, unsurprisingly. See: "I Heard the Voice of
a Pork Chop" by Jim Jackson (about an empty stomach) , and "The Northern
Starvers Are Coming home" (laughing at folks who went north from Mississippi
and did worse )by Charlie McCoy....
And, uh, you could probably locate a Wody Guthrie song or two that woud work