Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Catalog Data

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
YouTube Videos
Video Title:
Sonya Cohen Cramer - "You've Been a Friend to Me" (Official Audio)
Listen to Sonya Cohen Cramer's "You've Been a Friend to Me," from her new album of the same name. Recorded in 2014 and originally penned in 1858, this sweet Carter Family favorite features Daniel Littleton, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Bill Vanaver on autoharp. Purchase/Stream: Smithsonian Folkways: Bandcamp: All other platforms: Sonya Cohen Cramer (1965–2015) was raised in a family committed to revitalizing the oldest songs of the American musical canon. Like her father John Cohen of The New Lost City Ramblers, Sonya shared a belief in the transformative qualities of folk songs and traditional ballads. You’ve Been a Friend to Me is the first collection featuring Sonya’s singing, and it reveals the full arc of her musical life through collaborations with her aunt Peggy Seeger, uncle Pete Seeger, Elizabeth Mitchell, Daniel Littleton, and the folk-fusion group Last Forever. While shaped by the roots of her family tree, the radiating and clear sound of Sonya’s voice is distinctly her own.  Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Support our work, become a Friend of Folkways: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
Video Duration:
3 min 25 sec
YouTube Keywords:
music folk "Woody Guthrie" "Pete Seeger" Smithsonian Folkways old-time non-profit
YouTube Category:
Music  Search this
Cultural property  Search this
See more by:
Data Source:
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
YouTube Channel: