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Laura Ingalls Wilder - musicologist?

June 2, 2005

There's a new CD coming out on June 14 called Happy Land: Musical Tributes to Laura Ingalls Wilder (for those who don't know, author of the "Little House" books). The album takes 18 tracks from the more than 120 songs - from the canon we now consider Americana - that were mentioned in 8 of Wilder's books, fictionalized accounts of her life in late 19th century on the American prairie. In her books, Pa was a fiddler and many events revolved around music and community. Happy Land is co-produced by Butch Baldassari, leader of the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, and features performances by Riders in the Sky, David Olney, Andrea Zonn, Deborah Packard, Pat Enright, Douglas P. Green, Keith Little and The Princely Players.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at June 2, 2005 5:34 PM


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Anything Butch Baldassari touches should turn to pure gold. I have been blown away by his talent ever since I first heard him at the Four Corner States Bluegrass Festival in Wickenburg Arizona LO, these many years ago.

Posted by: Jim Pipkin at June 2, 2005 7:53 PM

My grandparents were pioneers who settled in Colorado and both played songs on the fiddle and piano I remember from my youth that I've never heard again, anywhere. Capturing lost americana from these days is a precious and most wonderful endeavor, and I will certainly be looking for this cd!

Posted by: Karen O'Briant at June 6, 2005 11:15 AM

Look for Arlo Guthrie's "Son of the Wind" as well - I know it is on cd baby at this link :

http://cdbaby.com/cd/arloguthrie11

Posted by: Jim Pipkin at June 6, 2005 11:29 AM

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