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The music presented on Where the Palm Trees Shake at Night was selected from hundreds of hours of Florida Folk Festival performances and field recordings spanning 25 years, from 1977-2002.
Old-time string band and bluegrass music have deep roots in Florida. The selections on this disc are from groups that range from amateurs to seasoned professionals—even the "Father of bluegrass music" himself, Bill Monroe.
This disc highlights Florida’s African-American religious music traditions. The collection features both nationally recognized acts and previously unknown local artists, including the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Georgia Sea Island Singers, the Versiteers, and the Amigo Male Singers.
This CD features selections from well-known artists such as Don Grooms, Etta Baker, Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, and Jean Ritchie.
From "Shove It Over," a WPA recording of a work song performed by Zora Neale Hurston, to "Orange Blossom Special," performed by Gamble Rogers and Will McLean, this CD spans fifty years of Florida folk music.