Murder Ballad Comedy, Part 5: “Marrow Bones”

“There was an old woman from Wexford…” Almost two years ago, Ken initiated an occasional series for our strange little blog wherein we explored the intersection of murder and comedy in ballads. Between his posts, mine, and Becky’s, we explored mainly 20th century examples of the phenomenon. However, at times … → read more

Legend and Outlaw: Jesse James and the Ballad Tradition

Legends Among a few adults who spooked me when I was a girl (my school bus driver, who kept a bottle in a brown bag beneath his seat; a guy at the car wash who sometimes shut the system down when we were in the middle of a soap cycle), … → read more

Podcast: Texas
Episode #15-32 | airing 8-04-15

This week we take a trip to the Lonestar state. We’ll hear Tex-Mex songs, cowboy tunes and a handful more! LISTEN: http://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1532_podcast.mp3 To subscribe via iTunes, click .  |   To listen using Stitcher, click . Artist / “Title” / CD / Label Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer” … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-21: The Alan Lomax Legacy
(airing the week starting 5-20-15)

This week we conclude our two part feature noting Alan Lomax’s 100th birthday with some music recorded in the late 1950’s from Almeda Riddle, E.C. Ball and Bessie Jones and the Sea Island Singers. We’ll also hear some of the earliest recordings of Muddy Waters and Son House and an … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-20: The Alan Lomax Legacy
(airing the week starting 5-13-15)

Alan Lomax would have turned 100 this past January. On the next two editions of The Sing Out! Radio Magazine we look back on his career of folk song collecting and recording. This week we’ll hear some of earliest recordings made for the Library of Congress with his father John … → read more

JAYME STONE’S Lomax Project

JaymeStone: Lomax Proj

          JAYME STONE and friends Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project Borealis 235 www.borealisrecords.com   There is a recording of John Hartford in the studio giving direction to the musicians he’s gathered there. Whatever the song they were prepping – it may have been “Madison Tennessee” – he … → read more

“Betty and Dupree” – A Digital Compendium, Part 2 – The Classics

Note: this is Part 2 of a two part series.  Read Part 1 here. So, down to the jewelry store packing a gun he said, “Wrap it up, I think I’ll take this one.” “A thousand dollars please,” the jewelry man said. Dupree he said, “I’ll pay this one off … → read more

Delia / Delia’s Gone: A Digital Compendium, 1900 – 1992

Fahm Street, west side. Row houses built around 1850 - Frances Benjamin Johnston, ca. 1939

Note:  This is Part 1 of a two-part series on “Delia’s Gone” – See also Part 2 Introduction – “O, I am fortune’s fool!” I wonder if you’ve seen that ‘meme’ that goes in part like this – “Romeo and Juliet is not a love story.  It’s a three day … → read more

VARIOUS: 12 Years A Slave

          VARIOUS ARTISTS 12 Years a Slave Columbia 88843 00857 2 www.columbiarecords.com   One of this season’s most wrenching films, director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is based on the memoirs of Solomon Northrup, a free black violinist in upstate New York who in 1841 … → read more