We have just added a new resource for streaming music called American Song. It is an eclectic collection of historical music from Americans of diverse origins and all walks of life. American Song includes over 7,000 albums, over 120,000 tracks, and is added to regularly. All songs can be streamed and listened to on any device with a browser and an internet connection. Tracks and albums cannot be downloaded. All you need to get started is an Austin Public Library card and an internet connection.
You can search for or browse songs by title, album, performer, genre, historical event, instrument, or record label. Songs of historical events such as the Civil Rights movement, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and anti-war protests are represented. Genres include country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, shape note singing, doo-wop, Motown, R&B, soul, and funk. Labels include Rounder Records, Appleseed Recordings, Stax, Specialty Records, Testament Records, McNeil Music, Native Ground Music, Rebel Records, County Records, Smithsonian Folkways, Document Records, and more.
For more information on searching, streaming, and making playlists in American Song, check their Help Page. See the About page for more collection details. The Austin Public Library subscribes to a limited number of simultaneous users, so please close your browser when you're done. If you need further assistance with this or any of our Virtual Library items, please Ask a Librarian.