Dave Van Ronk Inside Dave Van Ronk on LP
A highly influential folk singer who was part of the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s, Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) sang everything from 1920's classic blues to newer folk songs, helping to revive “House of the Rising Sun” and “He Was a Friend of Mine” along the way.
Born in Brooklyn, Van Ronk served in the merchant marine and in the 1950s got his start playing with traditional jazz bands. By the latter part of the decade, he was a well-respected folksinger playing at Greenwich Village coffeehouses. Van Ronk first recorded in 1957 and, during the rise of the folk/blues revival, became an in demand performer at folk festivals and clubs.
An early mentor to Bob Dylan and a supporter of Joni Mitchell, Van Ronk was an impressive guitarist who could play instrumental ragtime, blues, and traditional jazz. He was also a spirited and raspy singer who showed great enthusiasm in his delivery. He was nicknamed “the Mayor of Greenwich Village” due to his encyclopedic knowledge of jazz and blues. In later years, in addition to touring and recording, he taught guitar.
In his career, Dave Van Ronk recorded over 20 albums. The material for Inside Dave Van Ronk was recorded during the same 1962 sessions that produced Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger and finds the legendary folk artist on vocals, guitar, dulcimer, and autoharp flawlessly rearranging classic acoustic blues traditionals like "Sprig of Thyme," "Silver Dagger" and "Kentucky Moonshiner."
Dave Van Ronk Inside Dave Van Ronk Track Listing:
1. House Carpenter
2. The Cruel Ship's Captain
3. Spring of Thyme
4. Talking Cancer Blues
5. I Buyed Me A Little Dog
6. Lady Gay
7. Fair and Tender Ladies
8. Brian O'Lynne
9. Shanty Man's Life
10. Silver Dagger
11. Kentucky Moonshiner
12. He Never Came Back