Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger

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Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger
Studio album by Dave Van Ronk
Released 1962 reissued September 1963
Recorded April 1962
Genre Folk
Length 41:51
Label Prestige
Dave Van Ronk chronology
Van Ronk Sings
(1961)Van Ronk Sings1961
Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger
In the Tradition
(1963)In the Tradition1963

Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger was a 1962 album by American folksinger Dave Van Ronk.


Folksinger (Prestige International PR- INT 13056 [1962] reissued as Prestige Folklore FL 14012 [1963]) was recorded in April 1962. Inside Dave Van Ronk (Prestige Folklore FL 14025) would combine with it and all end up on the Fantasy Records 1989 CD release, Inside Dave Van Ronk. That combination was released as a double LP set in 1972 as Van Ronk (not the 1969 album of the same name). Songs from Folksinger along with selections from Inside Dave Van Ronk and In the Tradition were also released on the Big Beat label in the compilation Hesitation Blues.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]

Allmusic gave it a 5 of 5 stars in their review and stated "This is a vital touchstone of Americana and likewise is highly recommended as a key component of any serious collection of 20th century folk music." It is the only Van Ronk album to have received 5/5 stars from Allmusic.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Samson and Delilah" - 3:35
  2. "Cocaine Blues" - 4:13
  3. "You've Been a Good Old Wagon" - 2:16
  4. "Fixin' to Die" - 2:50
  5. "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" - 3:07
  6. "Long John" - 2:10
  7. "Chicken is Nice" - 2:29
  8. "He Was a Friend of Mine" - 3:29
  9. "Motherless Children" - 3:45
  10. "Stackalee" - 3:32
  11. "Mr. Noah" - 1:28
  12. "Come Back, Baby" - 3:48
  13. "Poor Lazarus" - 5:06


  • Dave Van Ronk - guitar, vocals

Production notes[edit]

  • Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder


  1. ^ a b Planer, Lindsay. "Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 15, 2011.