Karen Warren
American Roots Title Sponsor
Chico Schwall's American Roots
Rock Island Line
Skiffle and the rise of British Rock, 1955-60
Wed, Oct 21, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Sheffer Recital Hall, The Shedd Institute
While American GI's came home to a world of industry pumped up by the war effort, the GI Bill, the Great Migration, rising wages, women in the work place and a country undamaged by the war, the United Kingdom had been deeply damaged by the war: bombed out cities, crippled industry and agriculture, shortages, and far-reaching economic hardship. England's post war Skiffle movement arose in that context: at it height in the late '50s over 30,000 Skiffle bands had popped up throughout the country, teenaged boys with washboards, improvised one string tea chest basses, penny whistles and whatever guitars they could get their hands on teaching themselves their own special take on American music based in folk, country and blues and the jug bands of the 1920s gleaned from hard-to-get 78 imports. The kids in this movement are the ones who went to the American Folk Blues concerts that brought Muddy Waters, Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny Boy Williamson and many others to England, and went on to create the British Invasion, as the Beatles, the Kinks, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and more. Chico Schwall's American Roots pays tribute to one of most important and least understood (and known) chapters in 20th century popular music.
Event Personnel
Chico Schwall, director
 Rock Island Line
 Midnight Special
- First recorded by Dave "Pistol Pete" Cutrell
 Old Rattler
 It's Tight Like That
- First recorded by Tampa Red, Georgia Tom
 The Last Train To San Fernando
 Footprints In The Snow
 Sail Away, Lady
- First recorded by Uncle Bunt Stevens
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
traditional U. S., -
Tampa Red, 1903-1981
Lead Belly, 1888-1949
Mighty Dictator, -
Georgia Tom, 1899-1993
Sam Collins, -
Dave "Pistol Pete" Cutrell, -
Sylvester DeVere, -
Lonnie Donegan, 1931-2002
Thomas A. Dorsey, 1899-1993
Uncle Dave Macon, -
Randolph Padmore, -
Jack Palmer, 1900-1976
Uncle Bunt Stevens, -
Hudson Whittaker, 1903-1981
Spencer Williams, 1889-1965
Clarence Wilson, -
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Rock Island Line Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
10%  15%  20%  Stud. 
A19.00  17.25  16.25  15.25  9.50 
B15.00  13.50  12.75  12.00  7.50 
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