Efrat Reveals Strength in the Silver Lining

Review of a new CD from Efrat and WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for November 1 & 15, 2015 I met Efrat several years ago when she came into the studios of WFDU-FM to perform with Spuyten Duyvil. The original fiddler for the band had recently left the group, and Efrat was just … → read more

Podcast: Give Thanks
Episode #15-48 | airing 11-25-15

Thanksgiving is a very special time of the year. Even more than Christmas it’s a time for friends and family to gather when the only pressure is if the pies turn out like Grandma used to make. On this week’s program we’ll hear some songs about travel, food, family and … → read more

Angels laid him away – “Louis Collins” and a folk bloodbath

“Mrs. Collins weep, Mrs. Collins moan …” Aficionados might argue the point, but it’s reasonable to claim that “Louis Collins” is one of Mississippi John Hurt’s best original songs.  It is easier still to call it the best of all the murder and bad man ballads in his repertoire.  One can also … → read more

Folkfinds: William Csorba’s “Up From Columbus”

William Csorba

  It’s been a while since we visited any fingerstyle guitarists, so today we introduce William Csorba of Houston. Will is a prolific young Texan of the resurgent American Primitive guitar school, already several albums and EPs deep. His work takes a cinematic approach to the discipline, frequently guiding the … → read more

Podcast: New Accoustic, The Second Generation
Episode #15-47 | airing 11-18-15

Last week we examined New Grass music in the late 60s and early 70s. This week we move to the new generation of New Acoustic players who take their inspiration from jazz, classical and rock music. The style features interesting arrangements of new and well known tunes utilizing contemporary recording … → read more

Bruce Springsteen’s “Highway Patrolman”: A Ballad as Prayer

The Early Years I played Bruce Springsteen’s album Nebraska over and over when I was in high school. It’s a dark, meditative album full of rage and sadness, which soothed me. I was sixteen, and had just moved to a new town. I was miserable. Long-distance phone calls were rare … → read more

Podcast: New Accoustic, The Pioneers
Episode #15-46 | airing 11-11-15

Dillards

Back in the 1960s and ’70s young Bluegrass players began to stretch out and a distinctly new style called New Grass was created. It met with lots of disagreements about maintaining the purity of the musical form. This had little effect on the young players promoting the style. This week … → read more

NOLA Legend Allen Toussaint Passes

Toussaint at Bluesfest

New Orleans legend, Allen Toussaint, composer, pianist, producer and performer, passed away after suffering a heart attack while on tour in Spain earlier today, Tuesday November 10th. Composing hits, such as Al Hirt’s “Java” and Benny Spellman’s “Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette),” which was later covered by the O’Jays and … → read more