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December 16, 2009

“The Loving Kind” Included In The Top 10 Folk Songs Of 2009, From Folk Alley

The Loving Kind Comes In At #2 On The Top 10 Folk Songs Of 2009, From Folk Alley

by Jim Blum

Compiling a Top 10 list of the year’s best songs for Folk Alley is difficult, because the stream offers listeners the chance to wear so many different hats. Overall, the choices were made based on quality of composition, originality, arrangement, performance, use of poetic device and production. But each hour of our stream is built around more than just the typical folksinger. We also include Americana, bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, blues and world music, as well as pure instrumentalists. So, while care was taken to create an all-encompassing list, only so much can fit into a mere 10 songs. With that in mind, songwriters still prevailed — probably because there are so many of them…

2. Album: Loving Kind
Song: Loving Kind

In 1958, Mildred and Richard Loving were married — or at least they tried to apply for a marriage license. The Commonwealth of Virginia shot them down because Richard was white and Mildred was black. A landmark case ensued (Loving vs. Virginia) in 1967, voiding all laws against interracial marriage. Nanci Griffith’s testimony not only raises awareness, but also celebrates one couple’s struggle for everyone. June 12 is now “Loving Day.” How ironic that the couple’s last name says it all.

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