Podcast: When I Paint My Masterpiece
Episode #16-46 | airing 11-16-16

Dylan in Nashville

In December Bob Dylan will travel to Stockholm to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. (Update: Actually, looks like he will *not* be in attendance for the ceremony) This is unprecedented in awarding the prize to a musical composer, much less a popular music figure. Bob Dylan obviously is no … → read more

Podcast: Conventions, pt. 1
Episode #16-28 | airing 7-13-16

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine Episode 16-28 we begin a two part feature focusing on the Political Conventions. This week we’ll turn our attention to two Civil Rights issues Racial Equality and LGBT Rights. We’ll hear from Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle, Gil Scott-Heron, Emma’s Revolution, Sam … → read more

Death Valley ’69: How Charles Manson Murdered the ’60s (Part One)

This week marks the 46th anniversary of the Tate/LaBianca murders committed by Charles Manson and his cult-like Family. A nightmarish event with lasting cultural impact, music is central to its story. This and next week’s posts explore the connection. Coming down… Many people I know in Los Angeles believe that … → read more

A Walkin’ Chunk a Mean-Mad: Pretty Boy Floyd & Robin Hood

I love a good man outside the law
 just as much as I hate a bad man inside the law. — Woody Guthrie (1940) Legend On October 22, 1934, Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd – a bank robber suspected by the FBI as a gunman in a 1933 Kansas City … → read more

Hey Joe. Hey Dig!

   Photograph: Cine Text/Allstar/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar What do Nick Cave, Cher, Eddie Murphy, and the The London Symphony Orchestra have in common? They have all covered “Hey Joe.” “Hey Joe” – Jimi Hendrix Version [1st verse (Oo – backing vocals on each line)] Hey Joe, where you goin’ with that gun … → read more

GENE CLARK: Here Tonight | The White Light Demos

          GENE CLARK Here Tonight | The White Light Demos Omnivore Recordings www.omnivorerecordings.com   Heralded in the mid-1960s as America’s Beatles, the Byrds – co-founded by Clark – struck pay-dirt right out-of-the-gate with their ringing version of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” That success was followed … → read more

Let my guitar playing friend do my request

Jerry Garcia I first remember hearing Merle Haggard’s song “Sing Me Back Home,” which we introduced in the previous post, in a cover version performed by Richard Shindell. It’s possible I heard a taped Grateful Dead version before then, but Shindell’s is the first one I remember. Shindell added the … → read more