Podcast: Fleet Fingers Pt. 2 The Americans
Episode #17-02 | airing 1-11-17

This week we continue our feature Fleet Fingers and examine American Fingerstyle Guitarists. American players take their influence from the Blues players but put the emphasis on softening the melodic quality of their playing while still using many of the components of the Blues. We’ll hear Merle Travis, John Fahey, … → read more

Wasn’t That a Mighty Storm / Galveston Flood

“It was the year of 1900…” – The Galveston Flood Disaster songs don’t inhabit the same space as murder ballads, but at MBM we find that they intersect in some profound ways with our genre of choice.  Recently we spent a couple of weeks exploring our own and our readers’ curated … → read more

Podcast: A Chill In The Air
Episode #15-39 | airing 9-23-15

It’s been one of the warmest summers on record up here in the Northeast. The change to Autumn weather will be most welcome. The Fall is my favorite time of the year. It takes so long to arrive and then stays for only a few short weeks before Winter pushes … → read more

The Gene Shay Celebration Recap

On March 1st, 2015, we packed the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia to the gills in celebration of “the dean of folk radio” Gene Shay’s 80th birthday (and his recent retirement from radio). Thanks to the amazing line-up of performers: Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, Silk City, Kim and Reggie Harris, … → read more

Tom Rush Film Premiers

A documentary about Tom Rush, the influential folk legend who helped propel Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Jackson Browne into the spotlight will premiere at the New Hampshire Film Festival in the town where he was born, Portsmouth, N.H., on October 17 and 20. TOM RUSH: NO REGRETS features interviews … → read more

Re-ragged in Red

Ladies in Red – Yenna Savil This is the third part of a three part series.  See also Part 1 and Part 2. IntroductionIn our first post this week, we looked at the historical event, the murder of Patrolman James Brady by Harry Duncan in 1890 St. Louis, that inspired the … → read more