Tribute Album Announcement

Ken Hulme
07/25/14 07:45:19AM

Got this from the Compass Records website. To be released in September:

New Album Pays Tribute to Jean Ritchie, Mother of Folk

July 24, 2014

Folks Best Come Together for Two CD Tribute to Jean Ritchie

Featured artists includePete Seeger,Janis Ian,John McCutcheon,Judy Collins,Kathy Mattea,Suzy Boggus,Robin and Linda Williams,Dale Ann Bradley,Archie Fisher,Tim OBrienand many more

Compass Records is pleased to announce the release ofDEAR JEAN: ARTISTS CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF JEAN RITCHIE. The album is scheduled for release on September 2, 2014. The 37 track, 2 CD set features performances from an impressive array of Ritchies fans and admirers, all of whom have come together to honor the living legacy of the Kentucky-born singer/songwriter many refer to as "The Mother of Folk." Contributors were intentionally selected to represent the diversity of genres and generations Ritchie has influenced throughout her life, with classic artists likePete Seeger,Judy Collins,Janis Ian,Kathy Mattea,Tim OBrien,Robin and Linda Williams,Oscar Brand, andDale Ann Bradleysharing the spotlight with up and coming talents like theStarry Mountain Singers,Rachael Davis, andMatt Brown. Standout tracks include "The L & N Dont Stop Here Anymore" (Robin and Linda Williams), "Ive Got a Mother" (The Starry Mountain Singers), "Black Waters" (John McCutcheon, Kathy Mattea,Suzy Boggus, Tim OBrien), "Morning Come, Marias Gone" (Janis Ian) and "One I Love" (Judy Collins). There is also a spoken word version of "I Celebrate Life" from Pete Seeger, one of his last recordings.

Jean Ritchiewas born in 1922 in Berea, Kentucky, the youngest of 14 children. Ritchie grew up immersed in the traditional songs of the region and moved to New York in the 1940s where, as a social worker, she taught music to children. She also befriended Pete Seeger, Oscar Brand,Woody GuthrieandAlan Lomaxduring this time and, in the 1950s, recorded several albums for Electra. In the early 60s she received a Fulbright scholarship and traveled to the UK and Ireland to collect traditional songs. Ritchies songs have been recorded by a variety of artists includingDolly Parton,Emmylou Harris,Johnny Cashand Judy Collins. Over the course of her career, her song collecting and song writing has helped to preserve the musical legacy of her Kentucky home, as well as expand awareness of its challenges through her continued support of the grassroots environmental organizationAppalachian Voicesand politically pointed songs such as "The L & N" and "Black Waters". Not only is Jean Ritchie an amazing musician, cultural preserver, and activist, she is and has always been a welcoming, supporting mentor for all those who have crossed her path, andDEARJEANgives a well-deserved thank you for years of inspiration.