Podcast: The Kids are Alright Pt.1
Episode #16-13 | airing 3-30-16

Many performers received their first inspiration at home. Many dance musicians recall falling asleep on piles of coats at dances and gently rocked to sleep by the melody of the music and the rhythm of the dancers. Songwriters often recall sessions in their homes while the parents and their friends … → read more

Podcast: For Sir George
Episode #16-12 | airing 3-23-16

This week’s episode is dedicated to Sir George Martin. The UK-based producer known best for his work with the Beatles passed way on March 8th 2016. The show features Beatles classics played by the likes of Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Tony Trischka, The Dillards, Bela Fleck, Bruce Cockburn, Jane Lewis … → read more

Podcast: New Accoustic, The Second Generation
Episode #15-47 | airing 11-18-15

Last week we examined New Grass music in the late 60s and early 70s. This week we move to the new generation of New Acoustic players who take their inspiration from jazz, classical and rock music. The style features interesting arrangements of new and well known tunes utilizing contemporary recording … → read more

I ain’t gonna be treated this way… “Rain and Snow,” Part 2

As we found out in the introductory post this week, “Cold Rain and Snow”, which most folks know as a staple in the Grateful Dead’s repertoire, is an American ballad written by an unknown author after a man murdered his wife in Madison County, North Carolina a decade or two … → read more

Edward / What Put the Blood? / The Blood on His Shirt Sleeve

  Cain Leadeth Abel to Death – Chromolithograph book plate, James Tissot, 1904 Note: This is Part 1 of a 4 part series – see also Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 This week we’re back in to the Child Ballads.  It’s been over a month since Ken’s last foray into this territory, so I … → read more