Book and CD Recommendations
- Folk Songs of North America, by Alan Lomax - a survey of music from all over the U.S. Indispensable to a library
- English Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians - Two Volumes by Cecil Sharp - a very early survey of music from the Appalachians.
- Songs the Whale men Sang by Gale Huntington - if you are going to marry into a family of whalers and fisherman from Martha's Vineyard you might as well be named Gale. A very good book with lots of music from one old trade.
- Old-Time Music Makers of New York State by Simon J. Bronner - a survey of the remarkable array of music from just one state.
- Eighty Appalachian Folk Songs by Cecil Sharp. Old and rare.
- Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians as Sung by Jean Ritchie - Classic work from Kentucky Queen of Folks Songs, Jean Ritchie.
Warner Collection - Volumes 1 & 2
|Field recordings from one of the best collections of American folks songs in existence, by Frank Proffitt. Volume 1 is general from all over the country (NH, NY, NC and more); and Volume 2 is music of Frank Proffitt and North Carolina. Liner Notes by Jeff Davis.|
|One of the great singers and banjo players of the Appalachians. Source for the song Tom Dooley.|
|The great singing family of Southern England! Great old songs which have been sung in harmony for ten generations.|
|The Early Years by the New Lost City Ramblers: Early recordings by the most important group of the string band revival.|
|Country Blues: Complete Early Recordings: Legendary indeed! Became an international star decades after his death. Eerie and dark recordings of old ballads and banjo tunes. (Vinyl)|
|Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson: The Original Folkways Recordings, 1960-1962 [2-CD Set]: A snapshot of community music from the North Carolina/Virginia line. Doc Watson's first recordings.|