Putumayo Presents: American Folk Import
Beginning in 1993, Putumayo released a series of celebrated folk music releases. With American Folk, Putumayo continues to highlight musicians who have written new songs inspired by folk traditions or have created new renditions of classic songs. This collection features well-known artists Natalie Merchant, Nanci Griffith, and Patty Griffin as well as talented newcomers Josh Ritter, Lori Mckenna and many others.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of American Folk will be donated to Mercy Corps in support of their efforts to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure and productive communities.
Seriously, the songs on this album all are different in their own ways, yet work together to form not only a good compilation of individual songs, but a strong album in its own right. If you're like me, you'll find yourself easily listening to the whole thing straight through, not simply picking out random songs here and there. There are some well known artists, such as Patti Griffin and Natalie Merchant, and several lesser known who were a joy to discover.
I smile when I hear "Shirt," a catchy little number I danced with our newborn the first weeks after he came home from the hospital. "Boots of Spanish Leather" is a great cover of the Bob Dylan classic. "She Don't Like Roses" is a more somber number, but a good one. And "Jubilee" is another one good for dancing!
Give this one a try. In addition to some great music, maybe you'll in turn discover one of the premier "world music" labels out there, Putumayo, which has some great compilations of foreign music, but also has enough sense to mine the rich musical landscape of the United States, with this and several other compilations of regional American music among their world catalog.