“Won’t You Come and Sing for Me?” – CwD 9

“I feel the shadows now upon me…” I remember driving to Mt. Greylock with Pat one time, telling him about a singer I had just discovered. I said she had the kind of voice I’d like to hear on my deathbed. This meant something to me more than just that … → read more

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 iTunes, click .  |   To listen using … → read more

Podcast: In Praise of Labor
Episode #15-36 | airing 9-02-15

Joe Hill

In celebration of Labor Day this week’s program dedicated to the American Labor Force. A recent Associated Press survey found 58% of American Adults approve of Labor Unions. This is the highest level since 2008 when 59% supported the establishment of Unions. Organized Labor was the cornerstone in the establishment … → read more

Which Side Are You On? – Coal and Blood, Part 2

Twice in recent weeks I’ve delved into Hazel Dickens’s work to find songs that walk the line between life and death in America’s coal fields. “Black Lung” is no murder ballad, but we saw how it used Primitive Baptist singing and a narrative structure similar to some cautionary murder ballads … → read more

The Yablonski Murder – Coal and Blood, Part 1

“Well it’s cold blooded murder friends, I’m talking about …” Such is the accusation that opens the angry chorus of “The Yablonski Murder.” Hazel Dickens penned the musical indictment in January of 1970 after she read the newspaper story describing what she rightly surmised was the assassination of union leader Joseph “Jock” … → read more

Folkfinds: Helber Sisters’ “Where The Old Red River Flows”

Helber Sisters

If you’ve been reading Sing Out!’s Facebook page or website, you know we continue to emphasize our historic focus of bringing people together through song. This week’s folkfinds pick nods to Community Sings with a pick from The Helber Sisters. Family is the original community, and Vicki and Alice Helber … → read more

JENI and BILLY’S BIG PICNIC BAND: Picnic In The Sky

          JENI AND BILLY’S BIG PICNIC BAND Picnic In The Sky Waystation 003 www.jeniandbilly.com   In the early days of the recording industry much of what we today call folk, country, and old-time music was called “hillbilly” music. That’s because the hills and hollows of Appalachia … → read more

Conversations with Death – 4 – “Black Lung”

A little less than a year ago we started a new series within Murder Ballad Monday called “Conversations with Death.”  These brief, emotional posts allow us to explore songs that resonate for us in ways we find typical of our genre of choice, but that deal with mortality outside of the context of … → read more

Two Soldiers

The Veteran in a New Field – Winslow Homer, 1865 I mentioned in my last week of posts that I’m preparing to take my 8th grade students to Gettysburg, and that all things Civil War occupy my mind this time of year.  The trip is quite an undertaking and I’m … → read more