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Traveling Shoes
Aaron Smithers, music editor (bio)

Despite a devotion to the idyllic homestead, the southern journey circumvents the globe. The traveler takes to the road on a never-ending search for home, that ever-elusive sanctuary constructed in memory and remodeled in song. The seeker looks to the edges of the earth for enlightenment, and the sinner looks beyond for sonic salvation. Their stories feed the dreams of voices as yet unheard, singing songs of a new South that reverberate with echoes from the past.

Track List

  1. 1 |. "Waipio" WILLIAM SMITH & WALTER K. KOLOMOKU 3:10
    Edison Records, 2726 Edison Blue Amberol (1915), Cylinder 1000, courtesy of the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project, Department of Special Collections, Donald C. Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara,

  2. 2 |. "New Nashville" JOSEPH DECOSIMO & THE BUCKING MULES 2:51
    Sequatchie Valley,

  3. 3 |. "Appalachistan" HINDUGRASS 6:17

  4. 4 |. "Para el mundo entero" ORQUESTA GARDEL 4:50
    Lo Que Tú Querías,

  5. 5 |. "Bani" DIALI CISSOKHO & KAIRA BA 4:28

  6. 6 |. "Our Lady of the Tall Trees" CAHALEN MORRISON & ELI WEST 3:36
    Our Lady of the Tall Trees,

  7. 7 |. "Ana Mía" LOS TEXMANIACS 3:19
    Texas Towns & Tex-Mex Sounds, Smithsonian Folkways,
    courtesy of Max Baca,,

  8. 8 |. "Cry for Judas" THE MOUNTAIN GOATS 3:09
    Transcendental Youth, courtesy of Merge Records,,

  9. 9 |. "Tout ça" TOUSSA 3:52
    Toussa, courtesy of Toussa Senerap,

  10. 10 |. "Lotus" ANN YAO 3:13
    More Music from the Florida Folklife Collection, CD 2, courtesy State Library and Archives of Florida and Ann Yao,

  11. 11 |. "Lamplighting Time" RAYNA GELLERT & NATHAN SALSBURG 4:24
    Old Light: Songs from My Childhood & Other Gone Worlds, StorySound Records,,

  12. 12 |. "Night Comes In" DAN MELCHIOR 2:54
    The Backwards Path, Northern-Spy, in recognition of the Letha Rodman Melchior Cancer Fund,,,

  13. 13 |. "Parte Pri" JEFF REHNLUND 3:54
    peripheral heavens,

  14. 14 |. "Looking for All (All Rendered Truth)" LONNIE HOLLEY 3:05
    Just Before Music, Dust-to-Digital,

  15. 15 |. "Seven Pines" DANIEL BACHMAN 7:06
    Seven Pines, Tompkins Square,,

  16. 16 |. "Flat Wheel Train Blues (Part 1)" JACK WELLMAN & RED GAY 3:18
    Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good Time & End Time Music, 1923-1936, Tompkins Square,,

  17. 17 |. "Resurrection Blues" HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER 5:36
    Root Work, Heaven and Earth Magic Recording Company,

  18. 18 |. "Standing in Your Door" JESSE LÉGE, JOEL SAVOY, & THE CAJUN COUNTRY REVIVAL 2:46
    The Right Combination, Valcour Records,,,

  19. 19 |. "Agua Fresca" PAVELID CASTAÑEDA 3:15 I Love You Much Too Much,

  20. 20 |. "Pretty Good Beards of the Civil War" THE TWO MAN GENTLEMEN BAND 2:11

MASTERED BY Aaron Smithers and John Loy, UNC's Southern Folklife Collection

Aaron Smithers

Aaron Smithers is a folklorist living in Carrboro, NC. A long time organizer of the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, TX, he currently works as assistant to the curator at UNC's Southern Folklife Collection and as an instructor of audio documentary at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Special thanks to Steve Weiss, Head, UNC's Southern Folklife Collection [End Page 1]