As it remains true to its founding mission—to preserve and promote folk and traditional music while inspiring social and political action—there is no doubt that when the hour of accounting comes for record labels, Jim Musselman's Appleseed Recordings will be one of the infant's handful allowed to pass peacefully into the golden beyond.
Now I'm fully aware that opening sentence is a Michener-like mouthful, but I could find no other way to say it. Here is the label that harbors Pete Seeger's treasures and inspired Springsteen's Seeger Sessions. Within Appleseed's vast orchard stand The Kennedy's, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton, Kim & Reggie Harris, Aoife Clancy, Sharon Katz, Tom Pacheo, Pat Humphries and Christine Lavin to name a few. Here is where Catholic and Protestant school children sang together for peace in Northern Ireland. Appleseed is where hope, not only for the future of music, but hope in our common future, dwells and thrives.
Highlights among these 37 tracks include the jangly effervescence of Pete and Maura Kennedy's Namaste. Paxton's The Bravest and Lizzie West's 19 Miles to Baghdad' are an unbeatable 9-11 one-two punch. Tommy Sands/Dolores Keane/Verdan Smalovic's Where Have All The Flowers Gone' and Sands/Smalovic/Seeger's Music Of Healing can't help but assure that peace is out there, if only we stop looking only at ourselves. Exclusive new tracks by Seeger/Springsteen and Ani Difranco only up the ante.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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