Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster
by Various Artists
Released: Aug 2004
Label: AMERICAN ROOTS
What Wilco and Billy Bragg did for Woody Guthrie with 1998's Mermaid Avenue, nineteen varied artists do for Stephen Foster with their loving tribute to a man who has been called the first American songwriter. Roger McGuinn's Drum 'n' Byrds take on "Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair" is as priceless as Ollabelle's "Gentle Annie."