Blues Fallin' Down Like Rain, Pt. 1

For this New Sounds, hear excerpts from the NY Guitar Festival concert series, featuring reinterpretations of classic blues by Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Elizabeth Cotten, and Charlie Patton. Some of the live performers included Jorma Kaukonen, Taj Mahal, Toshi Reagon, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and many more.

PROGRAM # 2525, “Blues Fallin’ Down Like Rain” – music from the NY Guitar Festival (First aired on Wed. March 22, 2006)





Elizabeth Cotten

Shake Sugaree

Shake Sugaree [1:30]

Smithsonian Folkways #40147** *

Taj Mahal

Live, New York Guitar Festival, January and Februrary 2006, Merkin Hall

Horseshoes [3:00]

None of these performances are commercially available, though most of these artists have extensive recordings. For more information on the NY Guitar Festival, go to

Mike Seeger

Mama Your Son Done and Gone [2:00]

Jorma Kaukonen

Ain’t No Tellin (Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor) [4:30]

Jen Chapin

I’m Satisfied [3:30]

Rory Block

If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day [4:00]

Marc Anthony Thompson (Chocolate Genius, Inc.)

Bad Whiskey [5:00]

Carla Kihlstedt

Ruben [4:00]

John Hammond

Walkin’ Blues [3:30]

Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar

Hard Time Killing Floor Blues [3:00]

Leni Stern w/David Spelman and Paul Sokolow

Shake Sugaree [7:00]