American Epic - Music from The American Epic Sessions (Deluxe) 32 SONGS - 2 CD SET

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The groundbreaking PBS and BBC documentary series celebrating the pioneers and artists of American roots music—blues, gospel, folk, Cajun, Appalachian, Hawaiian, Native American—without which there would be no jazz, rock, country R&B, or hip hop today.

The groundbreaking PBS and BBC documentary series celebrating the pioneers and artists of American roots music—blues, gospel, folk, Cajun, Appalachian, Hawaiian, Native American—without which there would be no jazz, rock, country R&B, or hip hop today.

Jack White, T. Bone Burnett, and Robert Redford have teamed up to executive produce American Epic, a historical music project exploring the pivotal recording journeys of the early twentieth century, which for the first time captured the breadth of American music and made it available to the world. It was, in a very real way, the first time America truly heard herself.

In the 1920s and 1930s, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets. Ranging the mountains, prairies, rural villages, and urban ghettos of America, they discovered a wealth of unexpected talent—farmers, laborers, and ethnic minorities playing styles that blended the intertwining strands of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. These recordings form the bedrock for modern music as we know it, but during the Depression many record companies went out of business and more than ninety percent of the fragile 78 rpm discs were destroyed. Fortunately, thanks to the continuing efforts of cultural detectives and record devotees, the stories of America’s earliest musicians can finally be told.

Engineer Nicholas Bergh has reassembled this recording system from original parts and it is now the only one left in the world. The system consists of a single microphone, a towering six-foot amplifier rack, and a live record-cutting lathe, powered by a weight-driven pulley system of clockwork gears. The musicians have roughly three minutes to record their song direct to disc before the weight hits the floor. In the 1920s, they called this "catching lightning in a bottle." All the musical performances in this film are live. The audio you hear on this soundtrack is taken directly from the discs they were recorded to, with no editing or enhancements.

The soundtrack features many additional performances not seen in the film. Featuring: Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Los Lobos, Stephen Stills, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Christine Pizzuti, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

1     Killer Diller Blues (Music from The American Epic Sessions)
by Alabama Shakes
        
2     On the Road Again (Music from The American Epic Sessions) [Explicit]
by Nas
        
3     Candy Man
by Blind Boy Paxton
        
4     2 Fingers of Whiskey (Music from The American Epic Sessions)
by Elton John and Jack White
        
5     The Coo Coo Bird
by Steve Martin & Edie Brickell
        
6     Like a Rose
by Ashley Monroe
        
7     The Only Man Wilder than Me (Music from The American Epic Sessions)
by Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
        
8     Matrimonial Intentions
by Jack White
        
9     One Hour Mama
by Rhiannon Giddens
        
10     Mal Hombre
by Ana Gabriel
        
11     El Cascabel
by Los Lobos
        
12     Closer Walk with Thee
by The Avett Brothers
        
13     Fourteen Rivers, Fourteen Floods (Music from The American Epic Sessions)
by Beck
        
14     Nobody's Dirty Business
by Bettye LaVette
        
15     St. Louis Blues
by Pokey Lafarge
        
16     High Water Everywhere, Part 2
by Taj Mahal
        
17     One Mic
by Nas
        
18     Pretty Saro
by Rhiannon Giddens
        
19     Jubilee
by Ashley Monroe and The Americans
        
20     Tous les Matins
by Lost Bayou Ramblers
        
21     When I Woke Up this Morning
by Bettye LaVette
        
22     If the River was Whiskey
by Frank Fairfield
        
23     Stealin' Stealin'
by Raphael Saadiq
        
24     Jordan am a Hard Road to Travel
by The Avett Brothers
        
25     Sail Away Ladies
by The Americans
        
26     Tomi Tomi
by The Hawaiians
        
27     Last Kind Words
by Christine Pizzuti
        
28     Come On in My Kitchen
by Stephen Stills
        
29     Mama's Angel Child
by Jack White
        
30     Josephine
by Pokey Lafarge
        
31     Hilo Hanakahi
by The Hawaiians
        
32     Old Fashioned Love
by Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
       

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