Jean Ritchie's Kentucky Mother Goose
From Hal Leonardby Jean Ritchie/with Susan Brumfield
Songs And Stories From My Childhood
Jean Ritchie's Kentucky Mother Goose is a collection of songs, rhymes, and stories recalled by Jean from her own childhood. The youngest of 14 children in a singing family from Viper, Kentucky, she grew up surrounded by the ballads, hymns, play-party songs, singing games, and dulcimer tunes that comprised the Ritchie Family repertoire.
The anthology contains transcriptions of the songs sung by Jean on the enclosed CD, annotations and notes on the songs, and related stories. The recordings include Jean singing for famed collector Alan Lomax in the 1940s and '50s and for Susan Brumfield in the 2000s. Richly illustrated with family photos from Jean's childhood and photos by her husband, photographer and filmmaker George Pickow, this book is a fascinating window into the musical beginnings of a true American treasure.