American Epic Sessions

At the height of the roaring ’20s, music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology set out across America to capture the breadth of American music and discover the artists who would shape our world. The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. It was the first time America heard itself. In The American Epic Sessions, the team has reassembled the very first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s, and invited Jack White and T Bone Burnett to produce an album of recordings by 20 of today’s greatest artists, including Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, White, and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. In this beautifully filmed musical feature, these artists are given the chance to pass through the portal that brought the world into the modern era. The musicians have roughly three minutes to record their song direct to disc before the weight hits the floor. In the ’20s, they called this “catching lightning in a bottle.” All the musical performances in this film are live. The audio you hear is taken directly from the discs they were recorded to, with no editing or enhancements.


Disc 1
1. Killer Diller Blues (Alabama Shakes)
2. On the Road Again [Explicit] (Nas)
3. Candy Man (Blind Boy Paxton)
4. 2 Fingers of Whiskey (Elton John and Jack White)
5. The Coo Coo Bird (Steve Martin & Edie Brickell)
6. Like a Rose (Ashley Monroe)
7. The Only Man Wilder than Me (Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard)
8. Matrimonial Intentions (Jack White)
9. One Hour Mama (Rhiannon Giddens)
10. Mal Hombre (Ana Gabriel)
11. El Cascabel (Los Lobos)
12. Closer Walk with Thee (The Avett Brothers)
13. Fourteen Rivers, Fourteen Floods (Beck)

Disc 2
1. Nobody’s Dirty Business (Bettye LaVette)
2. St. Louis Blues (Pokey Lafarge)
3. High Water Everywhere, Part 2 (Taj Mahal)
4. One Mic (Nas)
5. Pretty Saro (Rhiannon Giddens)
6. Jubilee (Ashley Monroe and The Americans)
7. Tous les Matins (Lost Bayou Ramblers)
8. When I Woke Up this Morning (Bettye LaVette)
9. If the River was Whiskey (Frank Fairfield)
10. Stealin’ Stealin’ (Raphael Saadiq)
11. Jordan am a Hard Road to Travel (The Avett Brothers)
12. Sail Away Ladies (The Americans)
13. Tomi Tomi (The Hawaiians)
14. Last Kind Words (Christine Pizzuti)
15. Come On in My Kitchen (Stephen Stills)
16. Mama’s Angel Child (Jack White)
17. Josephine (Pokey Lafarge)
18. Hilo Hanakahi (The Hawaiians)
19. Old Fashioned Love (Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard)

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