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Barbara Dane presented 15 traditional songs on this acoustic outing, accompanied by her guitar and by Tom Paley of the New Lost City Ramblers on guitar and banjo. Dane sings in a low, rich voice on this stark but effective collection, and it's easy to hear how she might have been an influence on, or at least an ancestor of, 1960s bluesy white folk and folk-rock singers such as Judy Henske and Tracy Nelson. Although some of the songs had been and would go around the block many times — "Nine Hundred Miles," "Girl of Constant Sorrow," "Gypsy Davy," and "Greensleeves," for instance — Dane's interpretations are committed and somberly moving. It's a good folk album for the era, well above the average in terms of guts and feeling.


Born: May 12, 1927 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '50s, '60s

Interpretative singer who made series of standard and ballad-laden albums in late '50s, early '60s, including one '59 session for Dot with Benny Carter, Herbie Harper, Leroy Vinnegar...
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