Folkfinds: Chris Okunbor’s “Jitterbug Swing”

Chris Okunbar

For our first blues post, we visit Chris Okunbor, fittingly from Australia’s Blue Mountains. Chris is a gifted songwriter, understated singer and wicked multi-instrumentalist with catholic tastes and a penchant for inspired and creative collaborations. While her musical DNA contemplates sean nos, country, British balladry and folk-rock, Chris’s forte and … → read more

Podcast: Cajun Dissection
Episode #15-31 | airing 7-29-15

Flag of Acadiana

This week we conclude our time in Louisiana with a trip to the Canadian Maritimes and Northern Ontario-the ancestral home of Cajun music. We’ll hear some classic and contemporary Cajun music from the prairies including the Balfa Brothers, Beau Soleil and The Savoy Family Band. Then we’ll finish up with … → read more

THE HONEY DEWDROPS: Tangled Country

Honey Dewdrops Tangled Country

        THE HONEY DEWDROPS Tangled Country The Honey Dewdrops www.thehoneydewdrops.com   Settled in Baltimore MD, but hailing from Virginia, Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, were inspired by modern America and roots music. This is the first album of theirs that was entirely written, arranged and recorded in … → read more

Remembering Theodore Bikel

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for July 26, 2015 Over the past few years, I find myself broadcasting memorial shows much too frequently. The folk music community recently said farewell to another influential member when Theodore Bikel passed away on July 20 at the age of 91. A true multi-faceted artist whose … → read more

JOHN BYRNE COOKE: On The Road With Janis Joplin

John Byrne Cooke's On The Road With Janis Joplin

          JOHN BYRNE COOKE On The Road With Janis Joplin Berkley Books www.penguin.com   The Harvard-educated son of apprized British broadcaster Alistair Cooke and great-grand-nephew of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 74-year-old John Byrne Cooke is an award-winning author of Old West epics, an accomplished folk/bluegrass musician (the … → read more

SIMON and GARFUNKEL: The Complete Albums Collection

Simon and Garfunkel Complete Albums

          SIMON and GARFUNKEL The Complete Albums Collection Legacy www.legacyrecordings.com   Folk rockers Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, both born in 1941, grew up three blocks from each other in the Forest Hills suburb of Queens, New York. By the mid-’60s, along with the likes of … → read more