Gail Heil, Old-time Revival Musician, Passes

We’re sad to pass along the news that Old-time revival singer, fiddler, banjo and autoharp player Gail Heil passed away on the morning of Thursday, May 30th, succumbing to colon cancer. Her husband, and longtime musical partner Bob Bovee, as well as their daughter and son were at her bedside. … → read more

“The Southern Girl’s Reply”

Unidentified girl in mourning dress holding framed photograph of her father as a cavalryman with sword and Hardee hat – tintype, ca. 1870, Library of Congress IntroductionEvery spring I teach a unit on the American Civil War, after which my colleagues and I take our 8th graders to spend three days exploring the … → read more

Brown Bird Battles Medical Expenses

Brown Bird looked to their fans when they were hit with unforeseen medical expenses. Brown Bird is a young Rhode Island based acoustic band that draws from many styles, including blues, outlaw country, roots-rock, Eastern European and early American. The band (which consists of main members David Lamb and MorganEve … → read more


IntroductionAfter stepping into the 1970s with Helen Reddy’s “Angie Baby,” let’s stay there a while longer. We’re away from traditional territory for the moment, but we’ll get back soon enough. Alison did an excellent job in capturing the freaky mystery inside “Angie.” As it happens, I was introduced to Alison by … → read more

Upcoming Folk Festivals: Mid-May

View of crowd at Philadelphia Folk Festival

Some great folk music and arts festivals happening this weekend, be sure to check out what’s going on in your local community! If you have any info about local events or some pictures you’d like to share, ! Sing Out! provides an international listing of folk music festivals and camps, … → read more

Who Killed…John Lennon

John Lennon IntroductionIf you had asked me two days ago where I was when I learned that John Lennon was shot, I would have said, “watching Monday Night Football, like everybody else.” Now that I’ve gone back and reviewed TV coverage from that night, I realize that that is rather … → read more

Who Killed…Fred Hampton?

Fred Hampton (1948-1969) I have to start with a disclaimer. The songwriter of today’s song is my fellow blogger, Pat Blackman, who has been my good friend for over twenty years. So, there’s not much critical distance here from the artist. Covering this song wasn’t his idea, folks. Pat was … → read more

Afropop Worldwide Celebrates 25 Years

Afropop Worldwide is celebrating 25 years on public radio and they’d love if you and your friends would join them on Sept. 19 in New York City for their 25th Anniversary Concert Gala, featuring Grammy nominee and African lute virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba from Mali. Atendees will have … → read more

Who Killed…Davey Moore?

Boxer Davey Moore, immediately after the March 21, 1963 fight with Sugar Ramos, beforecollapsing into a coma and dying 75 hours later. “I did not want to hurt Moore. In the ring the fighters are partners. They put on the match. Not to hurt or kill, but to show skill … → read more