‘American Folk Songbook’ Book Review

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on August 20, 2011

American Folk Songbook
Suzy Bogguss
Book ($20) / CD ($14)

What do “Froggy Went A-Courtin’,” “Rock Island Line,” Red River Valley” and “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” have in common? They’re all part of our nation’s cultural fabric, and they’re all performed—along with more than a dozen others—by country songbird Suzy Bogguss on her new CD, a collection of traditional American folk tunes that she fondly recalls singing in grade school. Hoping to bring some modern-day attention to these musical gems and prevent them from slipping into the dustbin of history, the award-winning vocalist has also released a companion book with the sheet music and stories behind each of the songs. Listen up, learn something—and sing along.

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