Episode 1622: Harry Smith at 100: Revisiting the Anthology of American Folk Music 




May 30, 2023


All music from Harry Smith’s three-album compilation, Anthology of American Folk Music; released on Folkways in 1952.

  • Chubby Parker and his Old Time Banjo “King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O”
  • The Masked Marvel (AKA Charley Patton) “Mississippi Boweavil Blues”
  • Eck Robertson & His Family Band “Brillancy Medley”
  • Blind Willie Johnson & his wife Angeline “John the Revelator”
  • Henry Thomas “Fishing Blues”
  • Bascom Lamar Lunsford “I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground”
  • Rev. F.W. McGee “50 Miles of Elbow Room”


Experimental filmmaker and record collector Harry Smith would have turned 100 years old on May 29th. Known for collecting all sorts of rare and out-of-print materials, Harry Smith released an extensive compilation album of early-American folk and country music recordings in 1952. Patrick explores this album and its impact on popular music.

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