In the Tradition (Dave Van Ronk album)

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In the Tradition
Studio album by Dave Van Ronk
Released 1963
Genre Folk
Label Prestige
Dave Van Ronk chronology
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In the Tradition (Prestige Folklore – FL 14001, August 1963) is a 1963 album by American folksinger Dave Van Ronk and The Red Onion Jazz Band. It is unusual in that the tracks are evenly split between Van Ronk and the Red Onions.

In the Tradition is out-of-print but is included in the 2002 Fantasy Records CD reissue Two Sides of Dave Van Ronk which also contains most of Your Basic Dave Van Ronk. Some songs are also included in the Big Beat compilation Hesitation Blues.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Writing for Allmusic, critic Richie Unterberger wrote of the album "a little strange for an early Dave Van Ronk LP, with the album split evenly between tracks on which the singer is backed by the Dixieland jazz-style combo the Red Onions and by more customary acoustic folk-blues solo guitar. Both of those styles were part of his persona, though it's the more somber acoustic folk-blues that stand out more. It's a reasonably strong album, not too much different from much of the rest of his catalog, other than in the balanced mixture between jazz and folk approaches."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cake Walkin' Babies From Home" (Smith, Troy, Williams) – 2:59
  2. "Ace in the Hole" (Dempsey, Mitchell) – 2:53
  3. "St. Louis Tickle" (Barney, Seymour) – 3:25
  4. "Death Letter Blues" (Traditional) – 4:48
  5. "If I Had To Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You" (Bob Dylan) – 3:33
  6. "Whoa Back Buck" (Huddie Ledbetter, Alan Lomax) – 3:39
  7. "Sister Kate" (Piron) – 3:04
  8. "Kansas City Blues" (Jackson) – 2:10
  9. "Green Rocky Road" (Chandler, Kaufman) – 3:39
  10. "See See Rider" (Rainey) – 5:18
  11. "Rocks and Gravel" (Traditional) – 4:27
  12. "Hesitation Blues" (Traditional) – 3:32


  • Dave Van Ronk - vocals, guitar


  1. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "In the Tradition > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 15, 2011.