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Christine Lavin gets political!

We Can Turn this Ship Around

Remember last summer when we couldn’t wait for the election to be over so we could get back to normalcy? Remember our hopes of uniting this country again and finding common ground? With the inauguration of Donald Trump looming this ...

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Podcast: Fleet Fingers Pt. 3 The U.K. and Beyond
Episode #17-03 | airing 1-18-17

This week we conclude our feature Fleet Fingers and examine fingerstyle guitar styles from the U.K. Like the American players these players borrow from the Blues but apply the techniques to traditional folksongs and tune accompaniment. We'll hear Dan Ar ...

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"Blue Wing," original art by Tom Russell (used by permission)

Blue Wing and the Legend of Little Willie John

Prelude On the road for work a few months ago, I was driving between Cheyenne and Denver. I had a chance to meet up with an old friend for coffee on the way. Early in our conversation, I noticed she had some ...

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Tom Rush plays Mountain Stage, Charelston WV - 2009

Podcast: Fleet Fingers Pt. 2 The Americans
Episode #17-02 | airing 1-11-17

This week we continue our feature Fleet Fingers and examine American Fingerstyle Guitarists. American players take their influence from the Blues players but put the emphasis on softening the melodic quality of their playing while still using many of the ...

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Podcast: Fleet Fingers Pt. 1 The Blues
Episode #17-01 | airing 1-04-17

We begin a multiweek feature all about fingerstyle guitar. This week we focus on some of the finest blues players. We'll hear classic tunes fro Elizabeth Cotten, Charlie Patton, Blind Willie Johnson and many more. We'll also present contemporary players ...

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Podcast: Happy New Years!
Episode #16-52 | airing 12-21-16

We welcome in 2017 with a collection of songs and tunes about the New Year. We'll hear great tunes from Arnie Naiman, Hesperus, John McCutcheon and others. And New Year's songs from the Gathering featuring Joe Newberry, Josee Vachon, Geoff ...

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Video of the Week

"This American Life" did a terrific program on the election that aired on October 28th (check it out in their archive) ... it ended with "Seriously," a terrific song written by Sara Bareilles ("Waitress") and sung by Leslie Odom Jr. ("Hamilton") that puts to verse what must be going through President Obama's mind as he ponders the election (and its result).