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: Izzy Young and the Folklore Center
Episode #15-45 | airing 11-04-15

Israel Young founded the Folklore Center on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village in 1957. The timing was perfect for an establishment that was as much a clubhouse as a store. Izzy Young: Talking Folklore Center is a documentary from Sweden made in 1989 recently issued on DVD following him as … → read more

MIKE SEEGER: Mike Seeger

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          MIKE SEEGER Mike Seeger Vanguard 79150 www.vanguardrecords.com   The timeless, home-grown music of the late mulch-instrumentalist and folklorist Mike Seeger nostalgically evokes a bygone age of old-time rural music, early acoustic blues and pre-World War II country strains – all “performed with the affection and … → read more

No Mercy at All – “The Cyclone of Rye Cove”

Introduction Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, “I’m going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that’s tough. I am going to snow anyway.”    – Maya Angelou, from Conversations with Maya Angelou It’s time to push the boundaries of our definition of ‘murder ballad’ once again. … → read more

You can take down my old violin

Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson This is our third post this week on “Tom Dooley.” You can read the first here and the second here. Introduction My heart sank just a little after reading in John Edward Fletcher’s book about the Dula case that Doc Watson told a story of Grayson … → read more

Frankie and Albert

The Frankie and Johnny mural in the House Lounge at the Missouri State Capitol “Frankie and Johnny” or “Frankie and Albert” is the most popular and commercially successful murder ballad.  I can’t think of a song that really comes remotely close.  “Frankie,” “Frankie and Albert,” “Frankie and Johnny,” and a … → read more