Mittwoch, 14. September 2016

Cisco Houston - Archive Of Folk Music (vinyl rip)

Cisco Houston is best remembered as a traveling companion and harmony vocalist for Woody Guthrie. But Houston was equally influential as a folk singer in his own right. With his acoustic guitar accompanying his unadorned baritone vocals, Houston provided a musical voice for America's downtrodden — the cowboys, miners, union activists, railroad workers and hobos — that resonated in the songs of the urban folk revival of the 1950s and '60s.

In the early 1950s, Houston recorded several tunes for the Decca label, including several that went unreleased until recently. He also appeared on television shows in Tucson, Arizona. Houston's greatest break when he was hired to host his own three-days-a-week television show, The Gil Houston Show, for the International Network. By January, 1955, the show was broadcast over 550 stations by the Mutual Broadcasting System. He also had his first success as a songwriter when his tune "Crazy Heart," co-written with Lewis Allen, became a minor hit for Jackie Paris.

Things began to fall apart, however, during the red-baiting days of the McCarthy era. Although there is no documentation to show that Houston's radio show was cancelled due to a blacklist, the network tired of his leftist views and gave him his walking papers. Houston returned to California to play concerts.

In 1959, Houston was invited, along with Marilyn Childs, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, to perform during a 12-week tour of India, sponsored by the Indo-American Society and the United States Information Service. After his return to the U.S., Houston served as narrator and performer of a CBS-TV show, "Folk Sound, U.S.A". Broadcast on June 16, 1960, the show represented the first full-length television show on folk music. Later that summer, Houston appeared at the Newport Folk Festival and recorded for the Vanguard label.

Just when it seemed that Houston's career was taking off, he was diagnosed with cancer. His death in the spring of 1961 was mourned throughout the folk community, and memorials were written and recorded by Tom Paxton ("Fare Thee Well, Cisco"), Peter LaFarge ("Cisco Houston Passed This Way") and Tom McGrath ("Blues for Cisco Houston").

Here´s a collection of songs released in the 60s under different names like "Cisco Houston & Woody Guthrie", "Memorial To Woody Guthrie And Cisco Houston" or "More Songs by Woody Guthrie & Cisco Houston":

(160 kbps, cover art included)

3 Kommentare:

Anonym hat gesagt…

Good album - thanks for uploading. But it sounds to me like Woody Guthrie is singing lead on all of these tracks...!

zero hat gesagt…

Yep, i think the same... Greetings!

folkarchivist hat gesagt…

Agreed -- it's basically a Woody Guthrie album with Cisco singing harmony (all tracks from the 1944 Moe Asch recordings) -- most tracks available on other somewhat "shady" releases and/or the official Smithsonian Folkways albums.

Trivia: "Bad Lee Brown" is a variant of a song mostly known as "(In Search Of) Little Sadie", also covered by Doc Watson and Bob Dylan (or as "Transfusion/Cocaine Blues" in a commercial variant rewritten by T. J. Arnall and recorded -- several times -- by Johnny Cash).

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