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Sunrise over Monument Valley, Navaho Tribal Park, Arizona USA

Podcast: The Southwest, Pt 2
Episode #17-07 | airing 2-15-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we conclude out musical travels to the American Southwest. We'll hear some classic Western Swing, Conjunto, Blues, Old-Time, Singer-Songwriters and Classic Country. Join us as we conclude our Southwestern Music Travelogue on the ...

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Drive-By Truckers (Matt Patton, Brad Morgan, Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Jay Gonzalez) photo credit: Danny Clinch

Heaven, Hell, and Everyday Heroes: Guns of Umpqua

"A stunningly beautiful autumn morning" Bob Boilen’s “Tiny Desk Concert” series introduced me to the Drive-By Truckers song “Guns of Umpqua.” The song grabbed me right away with the warm bounce of the acoustic guitar before the “lights came up” on the ...

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Podcast: The Southwest, Pt 1
Episode #17-06 | airing 2-08-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we begin a two week feature focusing on music from the American Southwest. Many people think of Cowboy music as being the only music that came from the region. This week we ...

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Podcast: Sandy
Episode #17-05 | airing 2-01-17

Island Records has recently released a 2CD set of acoustic demos and outtakes by Sandy Denny. Sandy passed in 1978 and this new collection is fascinating as we hear selections recorded before and after her tenures with Fairport Convention. We'll ...

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North Carolina High Country (postcard, c.1900) (Watauga County Public Library).

A Survivor's Reckoning: The Triplett Tragedy

Blood on the mountain And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? -- Genesis 4:9 Truly old Watauga is making for herself a dark and bloody record. -- Watauga Democrat, ...

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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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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).