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With a Memory Like Mine

For the fifth time, we at Murder Ballad Monday find ourselves with something musical to share on Memorial Day.  Songs of war don't always get us to the same place as do those in our genre of choice, but sometimes ...

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Podcast: Woody Guthrie, pt. 2
Episode #16-21 | airing 5-25-16

Woody Guthrie gave us so many wonderful songs and this week we conclude our two part feature focusing some more of these classic songs. We’ll hear some of Woody’s recordings for Alan Lomax at the Library of Congress, selections from ...

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Irish Mythen at WFDU

Irish Mythen named Music P.E.I.'s Songwriter of the Year

& WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS Playlist for May 22, 2016 Irish Mythen fits the old cliche of being being a "20 year overnight success." The passionate singer-songwriter has been impressing audiences in the United States over the past couple of years following ...

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"Flood Disaster (Homecoming - Kaw Valley)," 1951, by Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975)

Disaster Songs -- Readers Recommend

We invited our readers via Facebook last week to submit some of the disaster songs they find most moving. Through those, and through some suggestions we got from others directly, we received some great suggestions. In an unusual turn for ...

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Podcast: Woody Guthrie, pt. 1
Episode #16-20 | airing 5-18-16

Except perhaps for Bob Dylan no one individual has influenced more folk music performers than Woody Guthrie. And it can be argued that there would be no Bob Dylan had it not been for Woody. The next two weeks we’ll ...

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Disaster songs, and such - Part 1

In the Murder Ballad Monday board room over the last several months, conversations about the sinking of the Titanic resulted directly in two things.  First, we've started a playlist on the topic and we’re planning to curate it in a future post ...

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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.