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Willie Nelson and Ray Charles (screencap of a live performance)

Seven Spanish Angels: Romance, Violence and Absolution in the West

"Seven Spanish Angels" When I pick up the guitar to sing, I like to launch into the long ballads. The melody sinks in to me through repetition. The lyrics, many refined over time by unknown self-appointed editors, flow out. If I’m ...

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Podcast: Pioneering Women, part 2
Episode #16-38 | airing 9-21-16

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we conclude our two part feature Pioneering Women in Folk Music. We'll hear a set of Classic Blues featuring Memphis Minnie and Big Mama Thornton and more contemporary players Rory Block and ...

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Shot Through Your Cheatin' Heart: Open Pit Mine and Country's Cuckolded Killers

Country Gothic In her oft-cited 1998 essay, “Bloody Daggers and Lonesome Graveyards: The Gothic and Country Music,” Teresa Goddu contrasts “bluegrass” and country. I put “bluegrass” in quotes because the term in the essay mostly means songs that carry the legacy of ...

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Podcast: Pioneering Women, part 1
Episode #16-37 | airing 9-14-16

Through the years female singers and songwriters have offered their unique perspective on the music and the times. In this first program we'll hear classics from Sara and Maybelle Carter, Jean Ritchie, Odetta, Judy Collins and many more. LISTEN: http://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1637_podcast.mp3 To subscribe via ...

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Photo of Fred Hellerman  taken in July 2014 at Seegerfest in memory of Pete Seeger at the Bardavon Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY

Guitarist/Singer Fred Hellerman, last surviving original Weaver, Passes

For any of us baby boomer folkies who came to this great community of music we called folk in the early- to mid-1960s, the Weavers were our perfect gateway drug. I can admit to a sense of awe and gratitude ...

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Podcast: Solidarity Forever!
Episode #16-36 | airing 9-07-16

Folk Music has been allied with the Labor Movement for generations. This week on our program we'll hear classic songs from such labor stalwarts as Aunt Molly Jackson, Emma's Revolution, Si Kahn, John McCutcheon and many more including some surprises. LISTEN: http://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1636_podcast.mp3 To ...

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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.