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Published on Oct 1, 2013
New Dave Van Ronk anthology (Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection) Learn more here: http://goo.gl/JyKy6P
Dave Van Ronk plays Mississippi John Hurt's "Spike Driver Blues" and describes meeting the legendary bluesman for the first time.
Recorded at the Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia, as part of a 1997 concert honoring Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. This recording is included in the upcoming album "Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection."
Called "The Mayor of MacDougal Street," Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) was a leading figure in the Greenwich Village music scene for more than four decades. His autobiography inspired the upcoming Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis, which features a performance of "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)" in both the film and the soundtrack.
Videography by John Paulson, Abby Sternberg Interview by Kip Lornell and Robert Santelli Directed by Charles Weber Edited by Alexander Jusdanis