Music Video

Mike Seeger performs "Walking Boss" in the Smithsonian Folkways Studio

March 2017
Please visit for an appreciation of Mike Seeger (1933-2009).

For over fifty years, Mike Seeger has been a musician, documenter, and tireless advocate of American folk and traditional music. As a musician he recorded as a solo artist and member of folk revival ensemble the New Lost City Ramblers. As a collector he has captured and produced sounds by iconic artists such as Elizabeth Cotten and Dock Boggs. And finally, as a historian and preservationist of the music he calls "old time," Mike Seeger gives us the stories behind the music that is such an essential part of American culture. Here he performs and gives the history of "Walking Boss," a tune Thomas Clarence Ashley learned from African American railroad workers at the turn of the 19th century. To find more Mike Seeger recordings visit the Smithsonian Folkways website.