Oh Brother, Can You Spare A Dime: American Songs From the Depression Era

Oh Brother, Can You Spare A Dime: American Songs From the Depression Era

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Release Date: 1/16/2004

Heat rises from a red clay road. A lonesome train whistle moans. A girl in a faded sundress waves goodbye to her sweetheart, as he heads for the city in search of work. Images of hard times and hope, captured in the harmonies and instrumental fireworks of a bluegrass tune–music that recalls another era, but sings eloquently to our own.

Oh Brother, Can You Spare a Dime is a treasury of timeless bluegrass songs. Mountain ballads and chain gang laments performed by legendary country stars, work songs and barn dance stompers interpreted by a new generation of pickers and fiddlers–this is the real, unfiltered stuff. With dazzling musicianship and heartfelt lyrics that speak in the voices of average people, bluegrass is America’s true virtuoso folk art. In an age of packaged feelings and programmed taste, Oh Brother, Can you Spare a Dime is a rarity–a direct and honest musical experience.



  1. I Ain't Got No Home - Peter Rowan
  2. Freight Train Blues - Benny Martin
  3. Big Rock Candy Mountain - Maggie Griffin
  4. Brother Can You Spare a Dime? - Tim O'Brien
  5. May I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight Mister - Mac Wiseman
  6. No Depression in Heaven - Tim O'Brien
  7. In the Jailhouse Now - Ralph Smith
  8. Jimmy Brown the Newsboy - Mac Wiseman
  9. Boll Weevil - Tommy Faile
  10. There'll Be No Distinction - Tim O'Brien
  11. Cocaine Blues - Merle Travis
  12. I'll Fly Away - The Osborne Brothers
  13. Waiting for a Train - Grandpa Jones
  14. Cannonball Blues - Arthur Smith
  15. Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia - Merle Travis
  16. Eddie's Matchbox Blues - Eddie Adcock
  17. Heaven Bound Train - Carl Story & His Rambling Mountaineers
  18. Angel Band - Carl Story

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