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Songs for Memorial Day

Songs of war, soldiers, spirit and despair with tracks from Lightnin' Slim, Bukka White, Neville Marcano (Growling Tiger) with Lord Iere and Indian Prince, Brendan Behan, Los Jovenes Zapatistas del Sur, John Bray, Eric Bentley, Oscar Parks, Merle Haggard, William & Versey Smith.

They may war by day, they may war by night

They can bring the atomic bomb

But the devil and the pilot can't make me run

I don't want to fight, I don't want to war

I want food to eat, I want to eat more

Want to live fine, want luxury and peace

With peace and tranquility

- Neville Marcano (Growling Tiger) with Lord Iere and Indian Prince, from War.


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Traditional, folk, vernacular, endangered, and extinct music from America and elsewhere. Hosted by Nathan Salsburg, an archivist, producer, and writer based in Louisville, Kentucky.

He has worked for the The Alan Lomax Archive since 2000, for which he currently serves in the capacities of production manager, photo and video archivist, and general digital catalog editor. Salsburg maintains an index of online vernacular music resources at his blog,, contributes occasional music writing to the Louisville Eccentric Observer and the Other Music weekly update, and is curator of Twos & Fews, a vernacular music imprint in collaboration with Chicago's Drag City label.