- Released: September 15, 1998
- Label: Smithsonian Folkways
- 1.Soon in the Morning Babe
- 2.Josh Thomas's Roustabout
- 3.Jim Crack Corn
- 4.Darling Cora
- 5.Devil's Dream
- 6.Little Birdie
- 7.Around the World
- 8.Whoopin' Up Cattle
- 9.Flop Eared Mule
- 10.Lost Gander
- 11.The Sailor and the Soldier
- 12.American Spanish Fandango
- 13.Got No Silver Nor Gold Blues
- 14.We're Up Against It Now
- 15.That's What the Old Bachelor's Made Out Of
- 16.The Last of Callahan
- 17.Lady Gay
- 18.Down South Blues
- 19.Last Night When My Willie Come Home
- 20.Wabash Blues
- 21.Bright Sunny South
- 22.Roll on John
- 24.Come My Little Pink
- 25.Battle in the Horseshoe
- 26.I'm Head Over Heels in Love
Personnel: Mike Seeger (vocals, banjo, slide penny whistle, harmonica).
Includes liner notes by Mike Seeger.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
SOUTHERN BANJO SONGS was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album.
Liner Note Author: Mike Seeger.
Editor: Carla Borden.
Photographer: Jeremy Ledbetter.
Mike Seeger has spent the better part of 50 years unearthing and performing traditional American music. A former trustee of the Newport Folk Festival--as well as the son of renowned musicologist Charles and half brother to folk music icon Pete, Seeger is one of the nation's leaders in the performance and history of the banjo. Given the difficulty of presenting an exhaustive labor of scholarship and music and still making it interesting for the lay listener, SOUTHERN BANJO SONGS is a marvel. Rather than dissolving into dull study of an increasingly archaic instrument, SOUTHERN BANJO SONGS is an energetic, rigorous and ultimately fascinating exploration into the myriad of American banjo sounds and styles.
Musically, Seeger is plowing well-worn territory here, covering beyond-chestnuts like "Jim Crack Corn," "Flop Eared Mule," and "Wabash Blues." But SOUTHERN BANJO SONGS will appeal to any serious banjo player or folk music listener. Additionally, the excellent package design and Seeger-penned commentary behind each song is impressive and educational.