Common Ground

“Common Ground is a fifteen-part series on folk music narrated by Rosalie Sorrels. The intent is to introduce the listeners to the roots of our various musical heritages and to demonstrate the healthy contemporary life of that music that we continue to hold in common ground. Funding for this project was made possible in part by a grant from the Association for the Humanities in Idaho, in cooperation with the Idaho Folklore Society and KBSU-FM.”

Program 1

Playlist as spoken by RS at end of program.

You have heard, in order:

My theme music, “Things Are Coming My Way,” sung by the Harmony Sisters,

Japanese shakuhachi music, “A Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky,

A reading from Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen,

"Duet for Flutes,” African tribal music, the Sonar Senghor Troupe.

From Sounds of the South, the Southern Folk Heritage series, Ed and Lonnie Young playing “Hen Duck” on the cane fife and snare drum.

From Newport in 1964, Joe Patterson playing the panpipes on a tune called “Fox Chase.”

Grupo Aymara from Bolivia playing the great panpipes, the song “Panos,” [?]

And [Tahuantinsuyo] from Peru playing “Memories,”

Séamus Ennis playing the tin whistle, “The Cuckoo’s Hornpipe” and then the Uillean pipes, “Piper of the Embers; Down the Back Lane; Sixpenny Money,”

The Boys of the Lough playing “Lochaber No More,”

Steeleye Span playing “Sligo Maid,”

King Sunny Ade playing “Juju Music,”

Airto Moreira playing “Peasant Dance” from Virgin Land,

Andy Narrell on the steel drums playing “Pan Yard,”

Taj Mahal, the master of bringing everything together, playing “Salsa de Laventille” with Robert Greenidge on the steel drums,

Sid Hemphill and Lucius Smith playing the panpipes and snare,

[Tahuantinsuyo] playing _____ which means “party til dawn,” that’s from Ecuador,

And again, the Japanese shakuhachi music, “A Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky.”

End of Program 1

Program 2

Playlist as spoken by RS at end of program.

You’ve heard, in order:

"Things Are Coming My Way” sung by the Harmony Sisters,

"Sweet Home Chicago” sung by Robert Johnson,

Joe Heany telling the story of how songs get made, "Did-de-rum-do...,"

The “Wild Ox Moan,” Vera Johnson, [sic]
[Vera Hall —SG]

"Blow, Gabriel” sung by the Georgia Sea Island Singers,

Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers singing “When I Walk the Last Mile of the Way,"

"Tribulations” sung by Estill Ball,
["Trials, Troubles, Tribulations," E. C. and Orna Ball —SG]

"A Girl of Constant Sorrow” sung by Sarah Ogan Gunning,

The three songs sung by Harry Jackson were “The Morning Grub Call,” “Round Up Cook,” and “The Dally Roper’s Song,”

The Balfa Frères singing “La Valse au Grand Bois,”

"El Quilito”[?] sung by the Harmony Sisters,

and Woody Guthrie singing “Talking Dust Bowl,"

and Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie and the harmonica’s by Sonny Terry, doing “Standing Around in New York Town One Day.”

End of Program 2

Program 3

Playlist as spoken by RS at end of program.

You’ve heard, in order:

Rosalie Sorrels singing “The Lineman’s Hymn,”

A. L. Lloyd, “The Unfortunate Rake,”

Ewan MacColl, “The Trooper Cut Down in His Prime,”

Hally Wood, “One Morning in May,”

Dave Van Ronk singing “The Gambler’s Blues,”

Blind Willie McTell, “The Dying Crapshooter’s Blues,”

And Bruce Buckley singing “The Cowboy’s Lament,”

And Ewan MacColl singing “Minorie,”

Pete Seeger, “Abiyoyo,”

Bruce Phillips’ story, “The Moose Turd Pie,”

and Gamble Rogers telling of “The Passion of Miss Eulalah Singletary.”

End of Program 3

Program 4

Playlist as spoken by RS at end of program.

You’ve heard, in order:

Jean Ritchie singing “The Bluebird Song,”

a reading from Colette,

Jean Ritchie singing “I See the Moon,”

Michael Cooney singing [“Medley of Real Kids’ Songs,”]

and a reading from Iona and Peter Opie’s Childrens’ Games book.

The ring games and jump rope songs were sung by children from the Washington, D.C. school districts.

The “Apple Tree” song was sung by Lonnie Pitchford.

Jean Ritchie sang “The Churning Song.”

Woody Guthrie sang “The Car Song” and “Put Your Finger in the Air,”

and Cathy Fink sang “I’m Gonna Tell On You.”

Peter Paul Van Camp read “A Milkman of Heart,”

and “All Hid” was Bessie Jones and Rosalie Sorrels.

The last―untitled―cane fife and clapping was Ed Young and Bessie Jones.

End of Program 4

Program 5

Playlist as spoken by RS at end of program.

You have heard, in order:

"Like a Rolling Stone” sung by Bob Dylan,

"The Irish Came to Texas,” a reading from Bobbie Louise Hawkins,

"To Leave My Own Dear Native Land” sung by Margaret Barry,

"The Banks of Newfoundland” sung by A. L. Lloyd and Ewan MacColl,

Joseph Watkins singing “Tittery-Irie-Aye,”

and a reading from Thomas Wolfe,

"The Buffalo Skinners” sung by Cisco Houston,

"Seeing the Elephant” sung by Debbie McClatchy,

Sparky Rucker singing “Follow the Drinking Gourd,”

Robert Johnson singing “Rambling On My Mind,”

and “Train Time” sung and played by Forest City Joe.

You heard “Calling the Trains” from a Library of Congress recording,

and “Old Buddy, Goodnight” sung by U. Utah Phillips, the Golden Voice of the Great Southwest,

Woody Guthrie singing “If You Ain’t Got the Do Re Mi,”

and Hoyt Axton and Arlo Guthrie singing “Deportees.”

"Ramblin’ Man” sung by Jim Rooney,

"Hitchhiker” sung by Eric Weissberg,

a reading from Jack Kerouac,

"Diamonds on My Windshield” sung by Tom Waits,

and “One Road More” sung by The Flatlanders with Jimmy Dale Gilmore.

End of Program 5

Program 6

Playlist as spoken by RS at end of program.

You have heard, in order:

"The Telling Takes Me Home” sung by Bruce “Utah” Phillips,

readings from Sitting Bull and Chief Joseph, [and] the story about Alfred Packer [told by Rosalie Sorrels]

"The Haunted Hunter” sung by Rosalie Sorrels,

and “The Handcart Song” sung by Margaret Boyle.

The “Black Hills Waltz” was played by Kenner Kartchner,

"The Lonesome Roving Wolves” sung by Rosalie Sorrels,

[L . O. Skinner?] singing “The Dreary Black Hills,”

"Old Dolores” sung by Utah Phillips,

Spanish music played by Jenny Baca and Shelly Garcia,

Nyle Henderson reading his poem “Bueno, Which In Spanish Means Good,”

"Way Out in Idaho” sung by Rosalie Sorrels,

Basque music―a bertsolari song about Juana,

and Johnny Thomsen singing his “Idaho Spud” with the Moore’s Creek String Band.

End of Program 6

Program 7

You have heard, in order:

"Way Out There” performed by the Moore’s Creek String Band,

"Ragtime Annie” played by all the fiddlers up at Weiser, and “Lonesome Indian” played by Dave Frisbee,

the words of Nancy Stringfellow from Up Grimes Creek Without a Paddle,

"Singing In the Country” sung by Rosalie Sorrels,

and “A Winter Song” sung by Rosalie Sorrels,

a Basque song, “__________,”

"She’ll Never Be Mine” sung by Utah Phillips,

and “I’ve Got a Home Out in Utah” sung by Utah Phillips,

"All Are Talking of Utah” performed by the Deseret String Band,

"Once I Lived in Cottonwood,” sung by George T. Thompson,

"The Merry Merry Mormons” sung by Rosalie Sorrels,

and “Grandfather’s Days” performed by the Deseret String Band,

"The Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia” was sung by Emmy Lou Harris,

The words were by the Duwamish chief,

"The Cool Green Shores of Erin” was sung by Rosalie Sorrels,

and “Sailing Down My Golden River” was sung by Pete Seeger.

Program 8

You’ve heard, in order:

The Flatlanders singing “You’ve Never Seen Me Cry.”

The poem was “Requiem for Sonora” by Richard Shelton.

Margaret Eagle Laughing Eyes sang the Zuni rain dance music.

A chorus of Navajo men sang the Navajo riding song. They sing while they’re riding to protect them from the spirits.

Cowboys talk to their horses―that’s Harry Jackson doing the talking, “Cowboy’s Brag,”

and Harry Jackson sings “I’m Going to Leave Old Texas Now.”

Huddie Ledbetter, or Leadbelly, sang “When I Was a Cowboy,” or “The Western Plain.”

Blind Lemon Jefferson sang the “Rabbit Foot Blues.”

Santiago Jimenez played “La Duena de la Llave,” and his son Flaco Jimenez sang “Volver, Volver” with Ry Cooder.

"The Drunkard’s Sorrow” waltz was played by the Balfa Freres;

Doug Kershaw did “Diggy Diggy Lo.”

Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys did the “Lone Star Rag,”

and Buck White sang the “San Antonio Rose.”

There was a reading from Back to Texas by Bobbie Louise Hawkins,

and then a radio broadcast recording of Hank Williams doing the “Lovesick Blues.”

Jimmy Dale Gilmore sang “Tonight I Think I’m Gonna Go Downtown.”

"From Lubbock to Abilene” was written by Bobbie Louise Hawkins.

"Two Roads” was sung by Butch Hancock,

and “Texas Flood” was by Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Program 9

You’ve heard, in order:

A reading from Natalie Burlin,

"Death, Have Mercy” sung by Vera Hall,

"I Want Jesus to Walk With Me” sung by James Shorty with Fred McDowell on the guitar,

Mrs. Mary Lee and the congregation singing “Jesus Is Real to Me,”

a sermon fragment from the Reverend G. I. Townsell,

Madame Mattie Wigley and congregation singing “Power.”

James Shorty, Viola James and congregation singing “This Little Light of Mine,”

and The Freedom Singers from Selma, Alabama in March, 1965, singing “Woke Up This Morning With My Mind Set on Freedom,” and “Oh, Freedom,”

Cleo Kennedy singing “City Called Heaven,”

Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking,

and Pete Seeger singing “We Shall Overcome” with a mass of people.

Program 10

You have heard, in order:

the words of Woody Guthie from Hard Hitting Songs for Hard Hit People,

"The Farmer Is the Man” sung by Pete Seeger,

"Serves Them Fine” sung by the New Lost City Ramblers,

"Babies in the Mill” sung by Dorsey Dixon,

"Pans of Biscuits, Bowls of Gravy” sung by Hedy West,

"Pick a Bale of Cotton” sung by Sonny Terry and Pete Seeger,

"The Rock Island Line” sung by Huddie Ledbetter (that’s Leadbelly),

"Cowboy Brag Talk” and “I Ride An Old Paint” by Harry Jackson,

"Champion at Keepin’ ‘em Rollin’” sung by Ewan MacColl,

"The Blantyre Explosion” sung by Ewan MacColl,

and “The Coal Owner and the Pitman’s Wife” sung by Ewan MacColl.

The reading was “Anna in the Kitchen” from Yonnondio by Tillie Olsen,

then “The Wife’s Lament” sung by Debby McClatchy,

Hannah Arendt’s words from The Human Condition,

and “The Housewife’s Lament” sung by Rosalie Sorrels,

"The Trucker’s Cafe” sung by Rosalie Sorrels,

Lenny Bruce talking about Lima, Ohio,

"The Gaslight Rag” sung by Dave Van Ronk,

and “I Like It” sung by Rosalie Sorrels,

and “How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live” sung by Ry Cooder.

Program 11

You’ve heard, in order:

Uncle Dave Macon singing “All In, Down and Out Blues,”

the words of Woody Guthrie,

Woody Guthrie singing “I Ain’t Got No Home in This World Anymore,”

Big Bill Broonzy singing the “Unemployment Stomp,”

Bruce “Utah” Phillips singing about “The Boss” and “We Have Fed You All for a Thousand Years,”

"Come All You Coal Miners,” a Sarah Ogan Gunning song―it was sung by the Reel World String Band,

"The Ballad of the Thin Man” was sung by Bob Dylan,

You heard the words of Gino Sky from a reading called “Primed to Go,”

Joan Baez singing “You Got to Walk That Lonesome Valley,”

Malvina Reynolds singing “What Have They Done to the Rain,” the “Power Plant Reggae,” and “The Judge Said,”

Phil Ochs singing “There But For Fortune,” the “Draft Dodger Rag,” and “A Small Circle of Friends,”

John Greenway sang Vern Partlow’s “Old Man Atom,”

Christy Moore sang Ian Campbell’s “The Sun Is Burning,”

The Mime Troupe from San Francisco sang “You Must Be Stupid,”

and Woody Guthrie’s children, Jack Elliott, and Arlo Guthrie sang “Hard Traveling.”

Program 12

You have heard, in order:

The Pennywhistlers singing “Dunayetska Voda,”

a reading from Colette called "Freedom,"

the fable of “The Tendrils of the Vine,”

Faith Petric singing “Equinoxial and Phoebe,”

Jean Ritchie waulking the cloth―the name of the song is “Il Me Dhu Vetrim,”

Rosalie Sorrels singing the “Baby Rocking Song,”

Sweet Honey in the Rock singing “Ought To Be a Woman,”

the words of Aunt Molly Jackson defining folk music once and for all,

Sarah Ogan Gunning, her sister, singing “Dreadful Memories,”

Bessie Smith singing “Washerwoman Blues,”

Terry Garthwaite singing “You Don’t Know,”

Frankie Armstrong singing “I’m Gonna Be an Engineer,”

"I Owe You One,” a piece by Bobbie Louise Hawkins,

and the Harmony Sisters singing “Mon Neg’ est Pas ‘Rivé” and “La Vie est Bonne,”

and Mercedes Sosa singing “Gracias a la Vida.”

Program 13

You have heard, in order:

Jesse “Lone Cat” Fuller playing the “San Francisco Bay Blues,”

Big Mama Willie Mae Thornton singing “Hound Dog,”

Steve Mann playing a gospel tune,

the gambling songs of the northern California Tolowa Indians ,

Peter Rowan singing “The Land of the Navajo,”

Malvina Reynolds singing “Bury Me in My Overalls,”

Sandy Bull playing “Blend,”

Jody Stecher playing “Leela, Leela,”

a poem called “Too Many Names” by Pablo Neruda, translated by Alastair Reid,

"Viva Seguin” and “Do Re Mi” by Ry Cooder,

Lord Buckley reading “The Hip Gan,”

and David Rea doing “David and Goliath.”

Program 14

No playlist. Entire program devoted to the music of Jerry Jeff Walker.

Program consists of Rosalie Sorrels reminiscing, playing cuts from Jerry Jeff LPs, some material from earlier radio programs featuring Rosalie and Jerry Jeff, etc.

Program 15

You have heard, in order:

Mississippi John Hurt singing “Candyman,”

Dave Van Ronk singing “John Hurt,” and “Letter to Woody Guthrie,”

Arlo Guthrie’s words for Jack Elliott,

and “Hey Little Arlo,” sung by Jack Elliott,

Victor Jara singing “Manifiesto,”

and Arlo Guthrie singing “Victor Jara,”

"The Times They Are a-Changin’” sung by Bob Dylan,

"Twelve Gates to the City” sung by Reverend Gary Davis,

"I Am the Light,” the Reverend Gary Davis special, sung by Bunky and Jake,

Bonnie Raitt singing “Write Me a Few of Your Lines,”

and Paul Butterfield’s band with Geoff Muldaur singing “Please Send Me Soomeone to Love,”

The “Muleskinner Blues” sung by Peter Rowan,

and “Ashes on the Sea” sung by Rosalie Sorrels.