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February 27th, 2008

Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry

Brownie McGhee (sitting at right) sings and speaks with a disarming, soulful simplicity. His eyes speak a language of languor, his lips curl into wistful grins with such ease and honesty that you want to cozy up by his feet like a labrador puppy, lapping up stories of the road and songs of the downtrodden. The songs of Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry – a musical duo for nearly their entire professional lives – are melancholy at heart but never sacrifice a sense of celebratory, resplendent joy.

Enjoy this performance of their classic tune “I Couldn’t Believe My Eyes,” from Pete Seeger’s Rainbow Quest.

February 19th, 2008

Video Naturalismo: "To Hear Your Banjo Play"]

An amazing 1947 documentary from ALAN LOMAX on the history of folk music in America – features Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Brownie McGhee, and Sonny Terry!!!

(Thank You for the suggestion, Kyle – this is fantastic!)

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