The Master of Smithsonian Folkways

Jeff Place

You probably haven’t heard of Jeff Place, but it’s likely that you’ve heard his work. Over the past three decades, Place has been the central figure researching, organizing and ultimately releasing the recordings represented in one of the world’s most important collections of 20th-century music. The Rinzler archives includes the 12 record labels now collectively known as Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, with the original Folkways acquisition featuring the key works of Guthrie, Pete Seeger and, of course, Lead Belly.

Read More: From Woody to Lead Belly, the master of Smithsonian Folkways – The Washington Post.