Podcast: The Tribute, pt 1
Episode #15-34 | airing 8-19-15

Ever since the Concert for Bangladesh organized by George Harrison there have been countless concerts and recordings in tribute to a musical style or an artist. The next two weeks we will sample some of the very best. This week we’ll hear tributes to Pete Seeger, Lester Flatt & Earl … → read more

Conversations with Death: Clementine

A Sharp Turn A girl. A daughter, a sister, a lover. A prostitute. Ruby lips. Thin, delicate, pretty. Big feet. A fat girl. A clutz, a clod, a chub. A drunk girl. Drowned, lost, forgotten, betrayed. A dead girl. A corpse, a ghost, a zombie. Merciful, lustful, vengeful. Bloated, stinking. … → read more

In the Pines: A Guide

On this blog, we often play detective. In fact, that’s pretty much all we do, and this post is no different, but I’m going to start by turning the tables. What, if anything, do you make of these fragments?: A woman being questioned. Pine trees. A long train. A decapitated … → 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

Stephen Colbert Ends The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert is ending his long-running comedy show, The Colbert Report, tonight. Although, not a music show per se, the Report has been home to plenty of artists, such as Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dom Flemons, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young and many many others. He’ll be moving to … → read more

VARIOUS ARTISTS: Songs of the Spanish Civil War

          VARIOUS ARTISTS Songs of the Civil War Smithsonian/Folkways www.folkways.si.edu   The Spanish Civil War, often referred to as the “dress rehearsal” for World War II, was waged between 1936 and 1939 and ended in victory for fascism in the person of General Francisco Franco – … → read more

ROOTS OF THE REVIVAL: American and
    British Folk Music in the 1950s

        Ronald D. Cohen and Rachel Clare Robinson Roots of the Revival: American and     British Folk Music in the 1950s University of Illinois Press 978-0-252-08012-8 www.press.uillinois.edu   From chain-gang work songs and the skiffle music of Lonnie Donegan to the folk-blues of Josh White, the calypso of … → read more

The Seegers and the Ramones – WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist and program notes for July 13, 2014

Ron Olesko on the air at WFDU-FM on June 15, 2004

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS July 13, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko Two musical “families” were showcased on today’s show, the Ramones and the Seegers. Starting a show with a memorial tribute to a member of the seminal punk band the Ramones might seem odd for a folk radio program, unless you knew Tommy … → read more