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Folkfinds: Rob Fong's Katy Hill

For those concerned about traditional music's appeal to the youth today, this week's Folkfinds is Rob Fong of Asheville, NC. Rob fell in love with Southern traditional music a few years ago and has since become a skilled Piedmont guitarist, ...

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Podcast: Paradise
Episode #16-17 | airing 4-27-16

Sometimes the theme for a program comes right out of the headlines. The Peabody Energy Company has filed for bankruptcy. If you recall John Prine’s classic song Paradise refers to “Mr. Peabody’s coal train…”. This week we’ll hear some classic ...

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Roy Zimmerman

Faster Folk

& WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS Playlist for April 17, 2016 Folk songs, once recognized as transmitted from generation to generation in an oral tradition, took on a new method of delivery during the folk revival. Songs would be written and tried out ...

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Podcast: Blues Evangelists
Episode #16-16 | airing 4-20-16

Occasionally a listener of the SORM will suggest a theme for a program. Sometimes they are way too broad a subject or entirely too personal but this time the suggestion was a fine one-Blues Evangelists. The Blues has always had ...

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eighth blackbird (photo by saverio truglia)

Chasing Omie: eighth blackbird and Bryce Dessner's 'Murder Ballades'

Murder Ballades I attended eighth blackbird’s performance of Bryce Dessner’s Murder Ballades few weeks ago, on Good Friday, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Matthew Duvall, eighth blackbird’s percussionist, had mentioned the performance on our Facebook page, and encouraged ...

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Ron Olesko on the air at WFDU-FM in Teaneck, NJ

Both Sides of the Story?

& WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS Playlist for April 10, 2016 Fair and balanced used to be a significant principle for journalists before it became a catchphrase for Fox News. Perhaps there is a bit of sarcasm involved in that network's use of ...

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Video of the Week

For the incomparable Roy Zimmerman, his guitar, voice and keen sense of satire are as sharp as a scalpel in the hands of a gifted surgeon ... and what better targets of that skill than the reality-impaired parade of buffoons clamoring for the title of "most deluded" as we enter the silly season, a literal barrel of fear merchants scrambling to "save us all" from partisan horrors they've been hallucinating for the past six-and-a-half years ... otherwise known as the modern Republican Primary season. We'll make you a deal: We'll stop calling them clowns, when they stop acting like 'em.