Lead Belly, Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry and Dave Von Ronk lead 2019 in Folkways' Vinyl Reissue Series

Smithsonian Folkways has announced three new releases in its acclaimed Smithsonian Folkways Vinyl Reissue Series, digging deep into the label's archives to resurrect some of its most iconic and sought after titles. The series, originally conceived in celebration of the label's 70th anniversary in 2018, will continue throughout 2019, presenting works by some of the most influential voices of the 20th century as well as shining a light on lesser known artists whose contributions to the label's legacy are just as vital. Each reissue is meticulously redesigned from original prints and materials, photos, and audio remastered from the original LP masters by GRAMMY-award winning sound engineer Pete Reiniger. Each limited reissue also features the iconic black textured Folkways tip-on style album jacket and liner notes booklet that was included in the original release.

January 11th, Smithsonian Folkways reissue three albums by quintessential folk and blues musicians. Lead Belly's Easy Rider: Leadbelly Legacy Volume Four, originally released in 1953 and featuring tracks recorded in the early '40s, joins the series along with Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry Sing from 1958, and folk legend Dave Von Ronk's debut album Sings Ballas, Blues and a Spiritual from 1959.

Folkways' unique nonprofit mission, to document "people's music, " spoken word, instruction, and sounds from all around the world, has sustained the label for seven decades and built the most iconic and diverse collection of music of the 20th century. Some of the best-loved, all-time greats, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lead Belly, and Elizabeth Cotten were Folkways artists, as are thousands of creators and preservers of cultural heritage.

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