Exploring Songza: Four Offbeat Playlists From the Curated Music Service

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Murder Ballads
Exactly what it sounds like, a playlist of dark homicidal folk ballads. We picked this one, not only because of it's sub-sub-genre status but for it's surprising depth, including folk, a wide range of blues and several sub-genres of country and bluegrass

A majority of the list tends towards folk sensibilities, including many balladeers --Steeleye Span, for instance -- less familiar to casual American audiences. Also of note are inclusions of tracks from far more obscure traditional Appalachian ballad singers like Doug Wallin, who were documented by Smithsonian Folkways.

The alt-country, outlaw country and bluegrass genres make strong appearances as well, with submissions from Bobby Bare, Johnny Cash and Andre Williams, among others.

Standout Tracks

  • Andre Williams, "Pardon Me (I've Got Someone To Kill)"
  • Blind Lemon Jefferson, "Hangman's Blues"
  • Omie Wise, "Okkervil River"

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