Podcast: Old-Time Music 101
Episode #17-10 | airing 3-08-17

This week we begin an occasional feature focusing on a distinctive style of folk music. This week we will highlight Old-Time Music with selections from the Golden Age of the music through today’s finest players. We’ll hear Gid Tanner & his Skillet Lickers, Tommy Jarrell and Oscar Jenkins, Ben Townsend … → read more

Disaster Songs — Readers Recommend

"Flood Disaster (Homecoming - Kaw Valley)," 1951, by Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975)

We invited our readers via Facebook last week to submit some of the disaster songs they find most moving. Through those, and through some suggestions we got from others directly, we received some great suggestions. In an unusual turn for us, therefore, we’ll turn it over to the readers, and … → read more

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: In The Fam
Episode #15-40 | airing 9-30-15

There is a long standing tradition of family performers in folk music. Many of the classic old-time country bands such as the Carter Family were comprised of family members. Many traditional musicians learned by osmosis through attending dances and being lulled to sleep on a stack of coats or the … → read more

VARIOUS: The Johnson City Sessions 1928-1929

        VARIOUS The Johnson City Sessions: 1928-1929 “Can You Sing or Play Old-Time Music?” Bear Family BCD16083 www.bear-family.de   The Big Bang of American folk music is said to have been the 1927 Bristol Sessions – a talent search for Victor Records in the Tennessee/Virginia border-straddling town … → read more