- Released: February 23, 2009
- Label: Nonesuch
- 1.I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
- 2.Raccoon Cat
- 3.Sugar Baby
- 4.We're Not from Around Here
- 5.The Pioneers
- 10.Have a Little Faith in Me
- 11.Mr. Memory
- 12.Wildwood Flower
- 13.Slow Dance
- 14.Sittin' on Top of the World
- 15.Poem for Eva
Personnel: Bill Frisell (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Ry Cooder (guitar, electric guitar); Greg Leisz (pedal steel guitar); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Danny Barnes (banjo); Wayne Horvitz (organ, keyboards); Viktor Krauss (bass instrument); Jim Keltner (drums, percussion); Joey Baron, Kenny Wollesen (drums).
Audio Mixers: Christian Jones; Joe Ferla; Judy Clapp; Roger Moutenot; Tucker Martine.
Liner Note Author: Elvis Costello.
Since the late 1980s jazz guitarist Bill Frisell has been drawing direct inspiration from folk, country, and blues, anchoring his more esoteric and avant-garde tendencies with roots music. Nonesuch's sampler THE BEST OF BILL FRISELL, VOL. 1: FOLK SONGS documents this trend in Frisell's output, culling tracks from such acclaimed records as IS THAT YOU?, NASHVILLE, and GOOD DOG, HAPPY MAN. Whether giving a moody, impressionistic reading of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," or jamming with Jerry Douglas on the neo-bluegrass of "We're Not From Around Here," Frisell honors tradition while remaining true to his progressive sensibility. His versatile, expansive style and mastery of tone are in evidence on each of this fine compilation's 15 cuts.