Podcast: Old-Time Music 101
Episode #17-10 | airing 3-08-17

This week we begin an occasional feature focusing on a distinctive style of folk music. This week we will highlight Old-Time Music with selections from the Golden Age of the music through today’s finest players. We’ll hear Gid Tanner & his Skillet Lickers, Tommy Jarrell and Oscar Jenkins, Ben Townsend … → read more

Podcast: Ride That Train, part 2
Episode #16-19 | airing 5-11-16

This week we on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine conclude our two part feature on Train Songs. We’ll include songs and tunes from Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks, Anne Hills, Jimmie Rodgers and many more including “the best damn train song ever written.” LISTEN: … → read more

“Gambler’s Blues” (Unfortunate Rake, Part Two)

This post on “Gambler’s Blues”/”St. James Infirmary” is the second installment on variants of the “Unfortunate Rake” ballads. The first installment was on an older, British “Rake” ballad, called “Pills of White Mercury,” in which the narrator comes across a military comrade wrapped in white linen and dying. Mercury was a … → read more

BILLY STRINGS & DON JULIN: Fiddle Tune X

        Billy Strings & Don Julin Fiddle Tune X Self-Released www.billystrings.com   It seems unlikely that a phenomenally talented acoustic musician would just happen to have been born with what would turn out to be such a fortuitously descriptive name, but if you can play the guitar … → read more

VARIOUS: The Johnson City Sessions 1928-1929

        VARIOUS The Johnson City Sessions: 1928-1929 “Can You Sing or Play Old-Time Music?” Bear Family BCD16083 www.bear-family.de   The Big Bang of American folk music is said to have been the 1927 Bristol Sessions – a talent search for Victor Records in the Tennessee/Virginia border-straddling town … → read more