Sonya Cohen CramerYou've Been a Friend to Me
Release datum:6/14/2024
Label:Smithsonian Folkways
Genre:World Music/USA/Folk
Sonya Cohen Cramer (1965–2015) was raised in a family committed to revitalizing the oldest songs of the American musical canon. Like her father John Cohen of The New Lost City Ramblers, Sonya shared a belief in the transformative qualities of folk songs and traditional ballads. You’ve Been a Friend to Me is the first collection featuring Sonya’s singing, and it reveals the full arc of her musical life through collaborations with her aunt Peggy Seeger, uncle Pete Seeger, Elizabeth Mitchell, Daniel Littleton, and the folk-fusion group Last Forever. While shaped by the roots of her family tree, the radiating and clear sound of Sonya’s voice is distinctly her own.
  • 1Oh, Blue02:04
    Music: Traditional
  • 2A Squirrel Is A Pretty Thing01:38
    Music: Traditional
  • 3When I Was Most Beautiful02:56
    Music: Pete SeegerLyrics: Noriko Ibaragi
  • 4Hide And Seek03:24
    Music: Dick Connette
  • 5In The Pines02:35
    Music: Traditional
  • 6Louis Collins_Spike Driver Blues03:50
    Music: Traditional
  • 7All For You05:45
    Music: Dick Connette
  • 8You'Ve Been A Friend To Me03:24
    Music: William S. Hays)
  • 9Black Jack Davey05:23
    Music: Traditional
  • 10No Place To Fall03:06
    Music: Townes Van Zandt
  • 11Oh The Wind And Rain03:32
    Music: Traditional
  • 12The Blacksmith03:15
    Music: Traditional
  • 13Singing My Troubles Away02:57
    Music: Alton Delmore/Rabon Delmore
  • 14Lowlands05:04
    Music: Traditional
  • 15The Blackest Crow02:16
    Music: Traditional
  • 16Sidewalk Wildflower04:46
    Music: Sonya Cohen Cramer
  • 17A Life That’s Good (Home Recording)03:08
    Music: Ashley Monroe/Sarah Siskind
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  • Sonya Cohen Cramer: Vocals
Guest musician
  • Abby Newton: cello, backing vocals (Track Nr 4)
  • Bill Ruyle: hammer dulcimer, harmonium, piano, snare drum, bass drum, tambourine (Tracks Nr 4, 5, 7)
  • Bill Vanaver: autoharp (Track Nr 8)
  • Carolyn Dutton: violin (Track Nr 5)
  • Daniel Littleton: acoustic guitar, vocals (Tracks Nr 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
  • Dick Connette: spinet, piano, banjo (Tracks Nr 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Elizabeth Mitchell: vocals, guitar, harmonium (Tracks Nr 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
  • Erik Friedlander: cello (Tracks Nr 4, 5, 7)
  • Jacob Silver: bass (Track Nr 14)
  • James O’Connor: trumpet (Track Nr 5)
  • Jay Ungar: fiddle (Track Nr 12)
  • Jeff Berman: lap dulcimer (Track Nr 6)
  • Kevin Kuhn: 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars, mandolin (Tracks Nr 6, 7)
  • Lee Falco: drums (Tracks Nr 11, 13)
  • Marco Benevento: piano (Track Nr 13)
  • Marshall Coid: violin (Tracks Nr 6, 7)
  • Molly Mason: bass (Tracks Nr 9, 11, 13)
  • Peggy Seeger: Piano (Track Nr 2)
  • Penny Seeger Cohen: Vocals (Track Nr 1)
  • Pete Seeger: Guitar (Track Nr 3)
  • Ruthy Ungar: harmony vocals (Tracks Nr 9, 10)
  • Steve Elson: piccolo (Track Nr 6)
  • Tania Elizabeth: fiddle (Tracks Nr 9, 10, 11, 14)
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