Birthright: A Black Roots Music Compendium (Digital Album)

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Offering a comprehensive overview of American Black roots music, this 40-track collection spans generations and genres: from Gospel and Blues to Louisiana Creole, Jazz, Gullah music, and more, demonstrating the pervasive influence of these styles on popular culture today. Featured artists range from little-known musicians to enduring icons such as John Lee Hooker, Odetta, The Staple Singers, and Lightnin’ Hopkins. 2-CD set includes essays from musicians/scholars Dom Flemons and Corey Harris, plus an introduction and detailed track notes by GRAMMY®-nominated historian Ted Olson. Birthright is a rousing journey through the rich and nuanced landscape of African-American musical invention.

1. Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Bourbon Street Parade
2. Corey Harris and Shardé Thomas - Station Blues
3. Mississippi Fred McDowell - 61 Highway
4. Carolina Chocolate Drops, featuring Joe Thompson - Georgie Buck*
5. Ranky Tanky - Ranky Tanky
6. Etta Baker - One Dime Blues
7. Bois Sec Ardoin and Canray Fontenot - Eunice Two Step
8. Lightnin’ Hopkins - Automobile Blues
9. Bennie Richardson - Grizzly Bear
10. The Staple Singers - Motherless Children
11. Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry - Blues Before Sunrise
12. Dink Roberts - Fox Chase
13. Martin, Bogan, and Armstrong - Sweet Georgia Brown
14. Golden Eagles - Little Liza Jane
15. Clifton Chenier and His Band - Ay-Tete Fee
16. Skip James - Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
17. George Lewis New Orleans Jazz Band - Weary Blues
18. Bessie Jones - Yonder Come Day
19. Joseph Spence - We Will Understand It Better By And By
20. Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Best Of All
21. Cedric Burnside - Step In
22. Amythyst Kiah - Pretty Polly
23. Lonnie Johnson and Elmer Snowden - St. Louis Blues
24. Leyla McCalla - Money Is King
25. Dom Flemons - Polly Put The Kettle On
26. Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ - Diving Duck Blues
27. Boozoo Chavis - Crying Blues
28. Campbell Brothers - Morning Train
29. John Lee Hooker - When I Lay My Burden Down
30. Lesley Riddle – Titanic
31. Professor Longhair - Go To The Mardi Gras
32. Mississippi John Hurt - Candy Man
33. Jesse Fuller - San Francisco Bay Blues
34. Odetta - Special Delivery Blues
35. John Jackson - Step It Up And Go
36. Tuts Washington - Arkansas Blues
37. Rev. Gary Davis - Lo, I Will Be With You Always
38. Inmate named Peter - Ups On The Farm
39. Cephas & Wiggins – John Henry
40. Sweet Honey in the Rock – Study War No More
* previously unreleased

· Includes previously unreleased track from Carolina Chocolate Drops, featuring Joe Thompson, “Georgie Buck”
· Expansive 48-page booklet features essays from musicians/scholars Dom Flemons and Corey Harris, as well as an introduction and detailed track notes by GRAMMY®-nominated historian and compilation co-producer Ted Olson