Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

Huddie Ledbetter, widely known as Lead Belly, is one of the most important figures in the history of American music. His recordings popularized songs that would become parts of the folk and blues canon, and Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, a new remarkable new box set, showcases his full range, featuring blues, gospel, folk, popular songs, and novelties.

Co-producer and Smithsonian archivist Jeff Place says the collection in an effort to “create . . .

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