Suzy Bogguss says it all started with Garrison Keillor back in 2008. As a guest on his radio show, she realized that everyone loves singing along to "Red River Valley," but children don't seem to know the tune. With music education fading from public schools, folk tunes are fading as well.
The result is her new album "American Folk Songbook," released earlier this month.
Her CD of classic American folk favorites -- recorded with Nashville acoustic pros including Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan and Jeff Taylor -- comes with a songbook to encourage family vocalizing. "That way, younger generations could share these slowly fading gems with their families and tell their stories of how they learned a few chords on guitar or a couple of favorites to play at family gatherings."
Today's free track, "Shenandoah," comes from the new Bogguss CD.
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