Lead Belly

Happy Birthday, Lead Belly!

January 20 is the birthday of Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly (c. 1888–1949). Smithsonian Folkways is celebrating with a new social media series, “Lead Belly: Song by Song.”  This will be followed on February 24 by the release of Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, a multi-CD set of recordings spanning the artist’s career.

See the Smithsonian Folkways Facebook and Tumbler pages, and check the additional audio tracks here, including a rendition of his most famous song, “Goodnight, Irene.”