He let me borrow some records for radio shows, help me connect the central figures of the NYC scene, and pretty much opened the door to something I had only limited knowledge on. Matter of fact, he even housed a homeless Dylan in those early years. And even though Van Ronk is not always an easy listen, which is often the case when you get to the root of things, he was a deeply committed folk singer he liked NOLA jazz and sea shanties too! His emotional and gruff delivery was proof positive to me that folk music is not meant to be a pretty music. He epitomized the urban folksinger, apprenticing through immersion in New York City epicenter of Washington Square Park. His legacy as a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and grand mentor of the folk and blues revivals is collected in this track, 3-disc set featuring 16 previously unreleased recordings. Van Ronk was born in Brooklyn and learned to play ukulele, banjo, and guitar at an early age. In the early s, he started to spend time at the jam sessions at the fountain in Washington Square Park , which were attracting the likes of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie , and in Odetta encouraged him to perform his songs in concert. His first album, recorded for Folkways in , was Ballads, Blues and a Spiritual.
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The very template of the urban folk singer in the late '50s and early '60s, Dave Van Ronk was born and grew up in Brooklyn, learning to play ukulele, banjo, and guitar at an early age. Initially drawn to jazz, he was influenced, like so many others, by Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music , and began spending time at the famous impromptu Washington Square Park folk jam sessions. He developed a gruff, bluesy, intelligent, and authentic-sounding urban folk style that made him the Dean of New York's folk singers.
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