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Kathy Moser

Kathy Moser: Doing Her Part for Earth Day

& WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS playlist for April 19, 2015 Over the years I've had many guests on the program who are more than just singers or songwriters. These dedicated artists are also activists and educators who help enlighten their audiences while they ...

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The Ballad of the Jealous Lover of Lone Green Valley - Thomas Hart Benton, 1934

My First Murder Ballad

We thought it might be fun this week to share with you some of why we do what we do in this blog.  Each of the writers here has their own story about hearing their first murder ballad. Each of ...

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Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife

My favorite memories of being a parent involve the days when nothing happens. When we’re just laying around doing nothing but basking in each other's joy and love. - Patterson Hood I don’t believe sorry is strong enough. None of this was ...

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Flatpickin' Dobro Man Tut Taylor Passes

Sad news today as word that Dobro player Tut Taylor has passed at age 91 on Thursday morning. Known for his contributions to John Hartford’s revolutionary Aereo-Plain record, Taylor was a beloved name throughout the bluegrass and old-time music community. ...

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Peter Stampfel
photo credit: Eli Smith

A Folk Festival Grows in Brooklyn

& WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS playlist for April 5, 2015 Brooklyn, New York has undergone a renaissance during the past 20 years, and the accompanying issue of gentrification has been well documented in news reports in recent years. After young professionals snapped up real estate deals ...

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Still from "Clementine," Neil Young and Crazy Horse (2012)

Conversations with Death: Clementine

A Sharp Turn A girl. A daughter, a sister, a lover. A prostitute. Ruby lips. Thin, delicate, pretty. Big feet. A fat girl. A clutz, a clod, a chub. A drunk girl. Drowned, lost, forgotten, betrayed. A dead girl. A corpse, ...

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Video of the Week

The wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks of a few weeks ago, followed closely by the Boko Haram slaughters in Nigeria, set our minds to thinking about the right musical response to the seemingly endless violence perpetrated in the name of religion. It strikes us that this is not solely the domain of Islamists who shame their own scripture by their violent misinterpretations of it's meaning ... but the result of ignorance meshed with the absolutism of fundamentalist thinking propelled by the corrupt power-driven politics of all such twisting of dogma. Holly Near hit the nail perfectly on its head in her song "I Ain't Afraid" (published in Sing Out! v.47#3), so we share this live performance of the anthem, with Holly joined by the terrific duo Emma's Revolution" and an inspired audience from Marblehead, Mass. If you really want to stop terrorism, start by not being afraid!