SORM Playlist #15-23: The Mandolin Episode
(airing the week starting 6-03-15)

The Mandolin is a remarkably versatile instrument at home in Classical, Jazz, Celtic and Folk Music from a variety countries. This week we’ll hear Mandolin Masters Bill Monroe, Jesse McReynolds, Butch Baldassari, Rudy Cipolla, Yank Rachell and Jethro Burns & Tiny Moore. We’ll also sample the Allegro from Vivaldi’s Concerto … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-22: The Western Swing Spectacular
(airing the week starting 5-27-15)

Light Crust Doughboys

We recently lost fiddler Johnny Gimble a true Western Swing pioneer. This week we honor him with a program focusing on the influences and development of Western Swing. We’ll hear classic music from Benny Goodman and The Boswell Sisters to open the show. Then we’ll trace the musical style from … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-21: The Alan Lomax Legacy
(airing the week starting 5-20-15)

This week we conclude our two part feature noting Alan Lomax’s 100th birthday with some music recorded in the late 1950’s from Almeda Riddle, E.C. Ball and Bessie Jones and the Sea Island Singers. We’ll also hear some of the earliest recordings of Muddy Waters and Son House and an … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-20: The Alan Lomax Legacy
(airing the week starting 5-13-15)

Alan Lomax would have turned 100 this past January. On the next two editions of The Sing Out! Radio Magazine we look back on his career of folk song collecting and recording. This week we’ll hear some of earliest recordings made for the Library of Congress with his father John … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-19: Tell Me A Story
(airing the week starting 5-06-15)

Emmylou Harris and Oscar

The Classics of literature have frequently been inspiration for songwriters. Sometimes they put a tune to established verse and sometimes the literary piece only serves as inspiration for a new piece of music. This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we’ll hear music inspired by great literature all intended … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-18: Nashville Cats
(airing the week starting 4-29-15)

Dylan in Nashville

In 1966 Bob Dylan was struggling with the recording of his next album. He was having little success recording in New York City. His producer Bob Johnston suggested they move the sessions to the CBS studios in Nashville. Bob took his advice and he, Al Kooper and Robbie Robertson moved … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-17: It Takes Two
(airing the week starting 4-22-15)

Musical duos are as popular as ever. On this week’s program we’ll hear some of my long-time favorites including Robin and Linda Williams, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings and Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen. Mixed in will be some more recent recordings from The Levins, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-16: For John
(airing the week starting 4-15-15)

John Renbourn passed away suddenly recently at the age of 70. He left behind vast collection of music recorded as a solo artist, in duet with Bert Jansch and Stefan Grossman and in the bands Pentangle, The John Renbourn Group and Ship of Fools. This week we’ll listen to some … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-15: Tie Dyed Folk, Part 2
(airing the week starting 4-08-15)

Pschedelic Folk Podcast

In Pt. 2 of Tie Dyed Folk we turn our focus on the changing folk music scene in the UK. Like the music emanating from the US, influences from San Francisco and Los Angeles began to creep into British folk music. In contrast to the movement in the US, legend … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-14: Tie Dyed Folk, Part 1
(airing the week starting 4-01-15)

Pops Orchestra play Simon and Garfunkel

Around 1967 the recordings in the folk music sections of record stores began to have quite a different appearance. Influenced by the psychedelic movement on the West Coast new artists began to appear. Tim Buckley, Joni Mitchell and established artists like Simon & Garfunkel began to change the musical palate. … → read more