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Dave Van Ronk - "Spike Driver Blues" [Live at The Barns At Wolf Trap 1997]
At a 1997 concert honoring Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, Dave Van Ronk plays Mississippi John Hurt's "Spike Driver Blues" and describes meeting the legendary bluesman for the first time. This previously unreleased recording from The Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia is included on the Dave Van Ronk box set 'Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection.' Videography by John Paulson, Abby Sternberg Interview by Kip Lornell and Robert Santelli Directed by Charles Weber Edited by Alexander Jusdanis 'Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection' is available on a 3xCD box set and Digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Spotify: Called “The Mayor of MacDougal Street,” Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) was a leading figure in the Greenwich Village music scene for more than four decades. He epitomized the urban “folksinger”— apprenticing through immersion in the music revival’s New York City epicenter of Washington Square Park. Drawing from and developing a wide repertoire of songs, guitar techniques, and performing skills, he mentored younger musicians and songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Jack Hardy, Suzanne Vega, Christine Lavin, and many others. 'Down in Washington Square' includes 16 never-before-released recordings coupled with tracks from the Smithsonian Folkways archive, spanning early live recordings made in 1958 (one year before his first Folkways album) to his final studio recordings in 2001, just months before his death. It paints a musical mosaic of Van Ronk’s artistry and expands his legacy, keeping alive the genius of a legendary performer who inspired audiences, musicians, and a major motion picture — "Inside Llewyn Davis," written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Dave Van Ronk: Facebook: Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: 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.
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8 min 41 sec
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music folk "Woody Guthrie" "Pete Seeger" Smithsonian Folkways old-time non-profit
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