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‘American Epic’ and WPT’s Recorded Folk Music

The groundbreaking three-part documentary American Epic takes us around the country to explore how the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time in the 1920s.

In the second part, “Blood and Soil,” airing tonight on WPT at 8 p.m., viewers will explore musical stories from the rural South. Charley Patton, Elder Burch and others made audio recordings of people performing early Delta blues, work songs, gospel, and protest tunes. If you missed “The Big Bang,” last week’s series opener, no worries! Watch it online.

The new series inspired us at WPT to dig into the archives of our decade-long live music program, 30-Minute Music Hour, to find past performances by people inspired by the music you will hear tonight on American Epic.

Here are a few feature performances, captured right here in the WPT studio, that we thought you would enjoy after tuning in.
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Remembering Pete Seeger in Song

We are all sad to hear of the passing of folk legend Pete Seeger Monday at his home in New York at 94. To celebrate his life and music, we went back and found this 1976 performance of “This Land is Your Land” from a Soundstage tribute to Woody Guthrie on PBS.

Author and humorist Studs Terkel introduces the song, which is performed by Seeger, Judy Collins, Fred Hellerman and Arlo Guthrie. You can also watch clips and interviews from the 2008 American Masters: The Power of Song online here.