Song of America (album)

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Song of America
Compilation album by Various artists
Released September 18, 2007
Genre Folk
Label Split Rock / 31 Tigers
Producer David Macias, Bob Olhsson, Ed Pettersen[1][2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Uncut 4/5 stars[4]

Song of America is a 3-disc, compilation album comprising 50 songs related to the history of America. Released on September 18, 2007 under Split Rock Records/Thirty One Tigers, the music collection was conceived by former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and musician Ed Pettersen (who is married to Reno's niece).[5][6][7]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
  1. "Lakota Dream Song", performed by Earl Bullhead – 3:08
  2. "Once More Our God Vouchsafe to Shine", performed by Julie Lee – 3:07
  3. "Let Us Break Bread Together", performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama – 3:49
  4. "God Save the King", performed by John Wesley Harding – 3:49
  5. "Young Ladies in Town", performed by Elizabeth Foster – 3:01
  6. "The Old Woman Taught Wisdom", performed by Malcom Holcombe – 6:30
  7. "The Liberty Song", performed by Ed Pettersen – 4:59
  8. "Yankee Doodle", performed by Harper Simon – 3:29
  9. "Jefferson & Liberty", performed by The Wilders – 2:10
  10. "Hail Columbia", performed by Steven Kowalczyk-Santoro – 2:56
  11. "The Star Spangled Banner", performed by Take 6 – 2:04
  12. "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child", performed by Beth Nielsen Chapman – 5:09
  13. "Peg & Awl", performed by Freedy Johnston – 4:34
  14. "Sweet Betsy From Pike", performed by BR549 – 4:23
  15. "Trail of Tears", performed by Will & Jehnean – 4:35
  16. "Declaration of Sentiments", performed by Minton Sparks/Pat Flynn – 4:34
  17. "Go Down Moses", performed by Fisk Jubilee Singers – 3:44
  18. "Dixie's Land", performed by The Mavericks, featuring Thad Cockrell – 6:13
Disc 2
  1. "John Brown's Body", performed by Marah – 2:40
  2. "Battle Hymn of the Republic", performed by Joanna Smith – 5:15
  3. "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye", performed by Janis Ian – 2:09
  4. "Thousands Are Sailing to Amerikay", performed by Tim O'Brien – 4:24
  5. "The Farmer is the Man", performed by Otis Gibbs – 3:03
  6. "Home On the Range", performed by Joni Harms – 4:30
  7. "Stars and Stripes Forever", performed by Jake Shimabukuro – 2:28
  8. "Sleep, My Child (Schlof Mayn Kind)", performed by Judith Edelman and Neilson Hubbard – 4:47
  9. "Over There", performed by Jen Chapin – 2:31
  10. "How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down On the Farm", performed by Andrew Bird – 5:04
  11. "Lift Every Voice and Sing", performed by Karen Parks – 5:11
  12. "Happy Days Are Here Again", performed by Danielson – 3:05
  13. "Brother Can Spare a Dime?", performed by Andy Bey – 6:30
  14. "Seven Cent Cotton and Forty Cent Meat", performed by Jim Lauderdale – 2:11
  15. "Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)", performed by Old Crow Medicine Show – 4:56
  16. "Rosie the Riveter", performed by Suzy Bogguss – 2:31
  17. "Reuben James", performed by Folk Family Robinson – 4:04
Disc 3
  1. "The Great Atomic Power", performed by Elizabeth Cook and The Grascals – 2:45
  2. "Little Boxes", performed by Devendra Banhart – 4:08
  3. "The Times They Are a-Changin'", performed by The Del McCoury Band – 3:49
  4. "Apache Tears", performed by Scott Kempner – 3:42
  5. "Get Together", performed by Kim Richey – 4:01
  6. "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud", performed by The Dynamites with Charles Walker – 4:32
  7. "Ohio", performed by Ben Taylor – 2:40
  8. "What's Going On", performed by Anthony David – 5:02
  9. "I Am Woman", performed by Martha Wainwright – 3:27
  10. "Youngstown", performed by Matthew Ryan – 4:14
  11. "Wave," performed by Gary Heffern and Chris Eckman – 4:35
  12. "The Message", performed by Shortee – 6:34
  13. "Streets of Philadelphia", performed by Bettye LaVette – 3:49
  14. "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning", performed by The Wrights – 5:30
  15. "This Land is Your Land", performed by John Mellencamp – 4:10

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Song of America". Allmusic. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Various Artists - Song of America". Uncut. IPC Media. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Uncut review
  5. ^ Andrews, Helena (September 26, 2007). "Janet Reno spins America's greatest hits, by Helena Andrews". The Politico. Retrieved October 21, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Reno Collects the History of America Through Song". National Public Radio. July 6, 2007. Retrieved October 21, 2008. 
  7. ^ Solarski, Matthew (June 20, 2007). "Devendra, Andrew Bird, Danielson on Janet Reno Comp". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved February 1, 2009.