Song of America (album)

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Song of America
Song of America album cover.jpg
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
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
Uncut4/5 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 You 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]

  • Peter Abbott – Percussion, backing vocalist
  • Brad Albetta – producer, instrumentation
  • Jack Ashford – vibraphone
  • Bob Babbitt – bass
  • Mike Bailey – drums
  • Devendra Banhartacoustic guitar, vocals
  • Kevin Barker – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Will Barrow – piano
  • Alan Bartram – bass
  • Tom Bee – producer
  • Andy Bey – piano, vocals
  • David Bielanko – arranger
  • Serge Bielanko – guitar, arranger, backing vocalist
  • Andrew Birdviolin, arranger, electric guitar, vocals, whistle (human)
  • Leo Black – guitar, arranger, producer, horn arrangements
  • Suzy Bogguss – vocals
  • Jimmy Bowland – horn, saxophone
  • BR549 – arranger
  • Earl Bullhead – arranger, vocals
  • Andy Cabic – backing vocalist
  • Jason Carter – fiddle
  • Vincent ChanceyFrench horn
  • Jen Chapin – vocals, producer
  • Beth Nielsen Chapman – arranger, vocals, producer, gut string guitar, bazouki
  • Ernest Chapman – steel guitar, backing vocalist
  • Alvin Chea – vocals
  • Larry Ciancia – drums
  • Vinnie Ciesielski – horn
  • Thad Cockrell – arranger, vocals
  • Elizabeth Cook – vocals, producer
  • Stephan Crump – bass, producer
  • Anthony David – acoustic guitar, vocals, backing vocalist
  • Scott Davis – assistant engineer
  • Mickey Dawes – drums
  • Paul Deakin – arranger, drums
  • Cedric Dent – vocals
  • Tyrone Dickerson – organ
  • Chris Eckman – producer, engineer, performer, choir arrangement
  • Judith Edelman – acoustic guitar, arranger, vocals
  • Terry Eldredge – acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Betse Ellis – fiddle, arranger, producer
  • Rich Feaster – engineer, mixing
  • Curtis Fields – tenor (vocal)
  • Pat Flynn – guitar, arranger
  • Elizabeth Foster – arranger
  • Brian Fulk – engineer
  • Critter Fuqua – vocals, button accordion
  • Noah Georgeson – backing vocalist
  • Otis Gibbs – acoustic guitar, arranger, vocals
  • Steve Gluzband – trumpet
  • Janja Gomboc – choir, chorus
  • Ranger Doug Green – vocals
  • Ed Greene – percussion, drums
  • Paul Hammond – mastering
  • John Wesley Harding – arranger, vocals
  • Joni Harms – arranger, vocals
  • Otto Hauser – drums, backing vocalist
  • David R. Hayden – tenor (vocal)
  • Kevin Hayes – guitjo
  • Gary Heffern – vocals, assistant project coordinator
  • Don Herron – banjo, fiddle, mandolin, backing vocalist
  • Donnie Herron – fiddle
  • Alan Hill – keyboards
  • Will Hill – Native American flute, cultural advisor, language consultant, spoken word
  • Malcolm Holcombe – acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Ericson Holt – keyboards
  • Neilson Hubbard – bass, arranger, glockenspiel, keyboards, backing vocalist, producer
  • Scotty Huff – acoustic guitar
  • Carter William Humphrey – engineer
  • David Hungate – bass
  • Andy Hunt – backing vocalist, mixing, Ngawang Chopel
  • Shirley Hutchins – administration
  • Kenny Hutson – guitar, mandolin
  • Janis Ian – arranger, vocals, producer
  • Jack Irwin – engineer
  • Morgan Jahnig – bass (upright)
  • Erick Jaskowiak – engineer
  • Freedy Johnston – guitar, arranger, vocals, backing vocalist
  • Herb Jordan – producer
  • Nick Kane – electric guitar
  • Scott Kempner – bass, guitar, vocals
  • Joel Kibble – vocals
  • Mark Kibble – vocals, engineer
  • Craig King – piano, arranger
  • Jason Kourkounis – arranger, drums
  • Dave Kowalski – engineer
  • Viktor Krauss – bass
  • Paul T. Kwami – musical direction
  • Jim Lauderdale – banjo, vocals
  • Bettye LaVette – vocals
  • Julie Lee – vocals, baritone ukulele
  • David Leonard – mixing
  • Kimberly Levitan – design
  • David Macias – compilation producer
  • Paul Mahern – engineer
  • Joe Martino – assistant engineer
  • Catherine Styron Marx – keyboards
  • Rogers Masson – mixing
  • Jimmy Mattingly – fiddle
  • Josiah Mazzaschi – engineer
  • Mac McAnally – producer
  • Del McCoury – guitar, vocals, producer
  • Rob McCoury – banjo
  • Ronnie McCoury – mandolin, producer
  • Country Joe McDonald – vocals, penny whistle
  • Jerry Dale McFadden – keyboards
  • Claude V. McKnight III – vocals
  • Eamon McLoughlin – strings
  • Chuck Mead – guitar, vocals
  • John Mellencamp – guitar, vocals, producer
  • Mark "Guitar" Miller – bass
  • Rob Mitchell – drums
  • John Mock – tin whistle
  • Patrick Murphy – engineer
  • Tim O'Brien – fiddle, guitar, arranger, vocals
  • Bob Olhsson – engineer, mastering, mixing, compilation producer
  • Karen Parks – vocals
  • Chris "Chris P" "PowerTool" Patterson – percussion
  • Marcelo Pennell – engineer, mixing
  • Dave Peterson – drums
  • Ed Pettersen – bass, guitar, percussion, piano, arranger, keyboards, theremin, vocals, backing vocalist, producer, engineer, liner notes, mixing, compilation producer
  • Walker Pettibone – drums
  • Dirk Powell – engineer
  • Valerie Pringle – backing vocalist
  • Jonathan QuarmbyHammond organ, producer, mixing
  • Lorne Rall – bass
  • Andy Reis – guitar, electric guitar
  • Robert Reynolds – bass, arranger
  • Kim Richey – acoustic guitar, vocals, backing vocalist
  • Peter Robbins – engineer, mixing
  • Todd Robbins – engineer, mixing
  • Danny Roberts – mandolin
  • Rich Robinson – guitar, vocals
  • Stan Robinson – vocals
  • Marcus Rojas – tuba
  • Michael Rubin – producer
  • Matthew Ryan – keyboards, vocals
  • Aaron Sands – bass
  • Pat Sansone – acoustic guitar, piano, engineer
  • Tamara Saviano – project manager
  • David Saw – guitar
  • Ketcham Secor – vocals, bajo sexto
  • Danny Seward – backing vocalist
  • Ike Sheldon – guitar
  • Jake Shimabukuro – arranger, ukulele
  • Scott Shipley – multiple instruments
  • Harper Simon – bass, guitar, arranger, vocals, producer
  • Paul Sinclair – mastering
  • Elin K. Smith – vocals
  • Mindy Smith – backing vocalist
  • Minton Sparks – arranger, vocals
  • Garrison Starr – backing vocalist
  • David Talbot – banjo
  • Christopher Thomas – bass
  • David Thomas – vocals
  • Wesley Trigg – tenor (vocal)
  • Ted Velykis – arranger, bass guitar
  • Wanda Vick – banjo, fiddle, mandolin
  • Philip Wade – mandolin
  • Martha Wainwright – vocals, backing vocalist
  • Charles E. Walker – vocals
  • M. Warren – arranger
  • Willie Watson – guitar, vocals
  • Kenzie Wetz – fiddle, vocals, backing vocalist
  • Willy Will – producer, engineer
  • Mark Wilson IV – bass
  • Adam Wright – guitar, vocals
  • Kirk Yoquelet – percussion, drums
  • Kate York – backing vocalist

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. Archived from the original on June 26, 2007. Retrieved February 1, 2009.