Podcast: Paradise
Episode #16-18 | airing 5-04-16

This week we begin a two part feature focusing on train songs. Included are new and classic songs from a wide variety of performers including Hank Snow, Tom Rush, The Stairwell Sisters and many more. Train songs the next two weeks on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine. LISTEN: http://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1618_podcast.mp3 To … → read more

Podcast: Paradise
Episode #16-17 | airing 4-27-16

Sometimes the theme for a program comes right out of the headlines. The Peabody Energy Company has filed for bankruptcy. If you recall John Prine’s classic song Paradise refers to “Mr. Peabody’s coal train…”. This week we’ll hear some classic coal mining songs contemporary and classic. LISTEN: http://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1617_podcast.mp3 To subscribe … → read more

Podcast: Folk Jazz
Episode #16-03 | airing 1-20-16

America has produced two distinct musical styles which have traveled the world-Blues and Jazz. Both are improvisational in nature and stem from the same source-the folk music of the African-Americans who were brought here as slaves. This week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine we’ll listen to some jazz masters … → read more

Murder Ballad Comedy, Part Three: “Fertile Liza”

Introduction Ken started us last week on a new, short, and lighter path for a few posts – murder ballad comedy.  We learned the obvious from John Cleese – that indeed, dark humor can be good humor, and really has an advantage in being such.  The uncomfortable nature of the … → read more

Little Sadie – Cocaine Blues and Classic Country

Note: this is Part 2 of a three part series on “Little Sadie” – See also Part 1 and Part 3 Introduction Last week we looked at the roots and early life of the ballad most commonly known as “Little Sadie”.  But it wasn’t the first time she walked through … → read more