Podcast: Best of 2016, part 1
Episode #16-48 | airing 11-30-16

Every year there are more and more great recordings released. This week and next we’ll sample some of the finest. This week we focus on Singer/Songwriters. We’ll hear Gillian Welch, John Gorka, Kaia Kater, Putnam Smith and many more. LISTEN: http://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1648_podcast.mp3 To subscribe via iTunes, click .  |   To listen … → read more

VARIOUS: Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited

  Various Artists Look Again To The Wind Sony Masterworks 06067 www.sonymasterworks.com       Forthcoming film: We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio Johnny Cash was “a holy terror … a dark and dangerous force of nature that also stood for mercy and justice … → read more

Pat’s Essential Eleven Non-Traditional Murder Ballads

Introduction A few weeks back I assembled a list of my ‘essential eleven’ traditional murder ballads.  While we here at Murder Ballad Monday usually delve deeply into one ballad or theme, we saw some possible value in a lighter ‘list-based’ approach from time to time.  Judging from reader response to … → read more

Katy Dear

Ian & Sylvia Tyson In this week’s second post, we’re going to give a relatively quick listen to “Katy Dear.” It’s in the same song family as “Silver Dagger,” although with a different focus and a more gruesome end. The key differences between the two are that “Katy Dear” is … → read more

Head Hung

  I found the music of Colorado-based songwriter and recording artist Rorey Carroll, when she “liked” our Facebook page.  I looked up her web site, and gave “Head Hung” a listen, and heard something I recognized in this original murder ballad.  A few e-mails later, and we had a plan … → read more

Outlaws, Bandits, and Troubadours

Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt After such a long post last time, I plan for this one to be long on music and short on text.  If there’s a narrative to capture here, it’s that I think “Pancho and Lefty” has become a favorite for singer-songwriters and performers following … → read more

Bow and Balance to Me

Ok, let’s bring this one on home. In the introductory post for the week, we learned that Child 10, the ballad commonly known as “Two Sisters“, is in fact quite old, with Scandinavian roots stretching back perhaps a thousand years.  We saw great diversity among the versions we listened to, … → read more

Two Sisters / Wind and Rain

“Girl by Stream” Charles Van Shaick ca. 1880 This week finds us in new waters – sibling rivalry. Ok, ok, I know.  One thing to love about murder ballads is that we can’t dismiss the violence with simple explanations or psychobabble.  These songs are just too good for that.  They … → read more