Historic Clarence “Tom” Ashley Sides Reissued

Some of the most haunting moments on the famed Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music, recently reissued by the Smithsonian, come from a set of 1929 recordings by banjoist and singer Clarence “Tom” Ashley. These included his eerie, modal banjo-and-vocal versions of two ancient British ballads, “Coo Coo Bird” and “The House Carpenter.” These sides, as well as other examples of vintage Ashley, are available on County Records’ Greenback Dollar: The Music of Clarence “Tom” Ashley, 1929-1933. Anybody who liked the Smith anthology or anybody eager to find more stuff like they heard in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, will find it here.