S1:E6 // I'll Die With That Hammer In My Hand
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Season 1, Episode 6 // I'll Die With That Hammer In My Hand

Featured in this Episode:

Traditional - “The Ballad of John Henry” (:25)

The Mississippi Sheiks - “Sittin On Top of the World” (11:09)

Pete Seeger - “If I Had a Hammer” (22:05)

Hank Williams - “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (44:32)

Tyler Childers - “Rocks, Salt and Nails” (1:05:35)


Was the greatest African American folklore hero based on a true story? The most popular old time and blues string band in the 30's that all started with one insanely talented family. One of the hardest working advocates and activists who spent many years carrying old songs forward and getting audiences to sing together, banned from performing by the US government. The King of Country music, who lived perhaps one of the most paradoxically tragic and successful lives ever documented in American music. A Kentucky native born in the home of bluegrass revives and redefines country music today and reclaims its soul.


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"Shine A Light":

History of Country Music

Source Credits:

#1: ABAA | National Park Service | LOC | Ibiblio

#2: Document Record Store | Old Time Party  | Delta Blues Gospel 

#3: Michael Hayes | Histclo | Folkways | LOC | ThoughtCo

#4: Hank Williams Story | Tennessean | Hankmuseum | Grunge

#5: (Written by Glen C Herbert) + Rolling Stone | Chicago Tribune | Official Website

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