Various Artists: River Of Song
A Musical Journey Down The Mississippi
River Of Song is a 2CD soundtrack album from the
PBS TV miniseries A River
Of Song, tracing American music along the Mississippi.
Singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco narrates the programs, which aired early in 1999. Levon Helm appears in
part 3 of the TV series, titled Southern Fusion.
The album was released on the label Smithsonian Folkways on November 17, 1998.
The full title is
The Mississippi: River Of Song - A Musical Journey Down The
"Going Back To Memphis" on
disc 2, together with blues man James Cotton who also recorded
with Levon for the Great Drives TV series.
The PBS River of Song web site has a page for Levon
Helm with audio and video clips from the program.
The tracks were recorded between 1995 and 1997, produced by Elijah Wald, engineers include John Tyler, John Paulson and Matt Sakakeeny.
The album includes liner notes by
Anthony Seeger and Elija Wald.
- Powwow Song - Chippewa Nation
- 22 - Babes In Toyland
- Sail Away, Ladies - John Koerner
- I Did My Best - Soul Asylum
- Red-Headed Swede - The Skal Club Spelmanslag
- The Singing Leaf - Wang Chong Lor
- I'll Open My Mouth To The Lord/I'll Be Ready - Sounds Of Blackness
- Kim Marie - Karl Hartwich
- Jazz Me Blues - The Manny Lopez Quintet
- La Unica Estrella - La Otra Mitad
- Flat Stuff - Greg Brown
- Miss Ferris - John Hartford
- Born To Be With You - The Bob Lewis Family
- Milestone - Eugene Redmond and Sylvester 'Sunshine' Lee
- I'm So Grateful - Fontella and Martha Bass
- Stop Breaking Down - Oliver Sain
- Get Down, River - The Bottle Rockets
- La Guignolee - The Ste. Genevieve Guignolee Singers
- The Sweetest Song I Know - The Boundless Love Quartet
- T For Texas (Blue Yodel #1) - Sonny Burgess
- St. Louis Blues - The Memphis Horns and Ann Peebles
- Going Back To Memphis - Levon Helm and James Cotton
- Take A Little Walk With Me - Robert Lockwood Jr.
- Catfish - Big Jack Johnson
- Shake Your Money Maker - Big Jack Johnson and the Jelly Roll Kings
- Grits Ain't Groceries (All Around The World) - Little Milton
- We Praise Your Holy Name - The Mississippi Mass Choir
- Taters And Gravy And Chicken-Fried Steak - Kenny Bill Stinson
- La Porte D'en Arriere - D.L. Menard
- Bon Chien - Geno Delafose
- Marie Lavaux - David and Roselyn
- Basin Street Blues - Henry Butler
- Time Is On My Side - Irma Thomas
- Check Your Bucket - Eddie Bo with Henry Butler
- Let Your Mind Be Free - Soul Rebels
- La Vida De Un Jaibero - Irvan Perez
Various Artists - River Of Song - 1998 - Smithsonian Folkways 40086
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