Podcast: Election Day
Episode #16-44 | airing 11-02-16

Well the end is almost upon us. It’s been a harrowing 600 plus days of campaigning and this week’s program is dedicated to election day. There has been so much childish rancor on both sides that the issues that really matter to the American People have been ignored. This week … → read more

Guitarist/Singer Fred Hellerman, last surviving original Weaver, Passes

Fred Hellerman

For any of us baby boomer folkies who came to this great community of music we called folk in the early- to mid-1960s, the Weavers were our perfect gateway drug. I can admit to a sense of awe and gratitude through every interaction I had with each of them through … → read more

“Streets of Laredo” (Unfortunate Rake, Part Three)

Cowboys shooting craps (Detroit Publishing Company Postcards; NY Public Library Digital Collection)

This is the third in a short series of posts on “The Unfortunate Rake.” Read the previous posts here and here. “So brave, young, and handsome” “When I got back to Wichita, I met one Zach Potter, a man with whom I had had some difficulty. He was on his … → read more

Podcast: Dylan at 75
Episode #16-24 | airing 6-15-16

Bob Dylan celebrated his 75th birthday on May 24th. This week’s program celebrates Bob and features some great covers of his tunes and some rare recordings of Bob as artist and sideman. We’ll hear classic songs from Ian & Sylvia, John Martyn, Johnny Cash, Fairport Convention, the Byrds, The Carolina … → read more

Podcast: Halloween Spooktacular
Episode #15-44 | airing 10-28-15

Bluegrass Ghost by Terry Irwin

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a combination of the Autumnal weather and the brilliant colors but also sinister songs of the supernatural intertwined with tradition are very appealing. We’ll hear classics from Archie Fisher, Anne Hills and Tim O’Brien along with some new music for the season … → read more

Podcast: Ballads, Old and New, pt. 2
Episode #15-43 | airing 10-21-15

This week we complete our two part ballad feature with a series of selections collected by James Francis Child. Later we’ll hear a set of unaccompanied ballads from the Southern Mountains and explore a long set of English ballads in modern and traditional settings from Fairport Convention, The Young Tradition, … → read more

Podcast: Ballads, Old and New
Episode #15-42 | airing 10-15-15

This week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine we begin a two part feature Ballads Ancient & New. We’ll listen to ballads in many different settings and styles. Narrative songs have always been an important part of folk music whether humorous, serious or amorous we’ll hear all three distinct styles … → read more

Podcast: Name That Tune
Episode #15-38 | airing 9-16-15

Bert Jansch

I am very fond of music that pushes the envelope, that is I enjoy when musicians leave their comfort zone and take their music in new directions. This week’s program is entitled Name That Tune and features players who are not afraid to try new and exciting things. The program … → read more

Podcast: Send the Band Home early
Episode #15-37 | airing 9-09-15

Sheila Kay Adams

The purity of the unaccompanied human voice is one of the most beautiful sounds. Songs sung without accompaniment or a capella have a long history in folk music. You don’t need an instrument to make beautiful music whether you’re working on the farm, marching to battle or just passing time … → 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