SORM Playlist #14-18: Bring the Kids!
(airing the week starting 04-30-14)

Music for families once known simply as kid’s music continues to be very popular. Many festivals devote one stage full time to family entertainment. Bring the Kids features some classic family performers including Pete Seeger, Tom Chapin and Peter, Paul & Mary. This episode also includes newcomers Nick Bayard and … → read more


          Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Pizzica Indiavolata Ponderosa Music & Art 101   One of the best musical discoveries I made recently was this fantastic band from southern Italy. I attended two superb live concerts and can tell you that this studio CD is every bit … → read more


          Tom Brosseau Grass Punks Crossbill 025   This brief 28-minute nine-track album is essentially a collaboration between a singer-songwriter, Brosseau, and a producer, Sean Watkins, who engineered and mixed the entire recording at his home studio. Watkins provides all the instrumental backing beyond Brosseau’s … → read more


        Ernest Ranglin and Avila Bless Up Avila Street   A vividly enchanting, genre-bending 16-song project (eleven new Ranglin tunes among them) from the newly energized ska and reggae master guitarist – whose signature, muted upstroke and chord clustered sound was the backbone of a number … → read more

Bob Dylan’s Desire

Last week, I posted about Bob Dylan’s “Hurricane,” his song about Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who was twice convicted for a triple homicide and spent almost twenty years in prison before being exonerated in 1985. Carter became a controversial cause célèbre in large part because of Dylan’s song, which was the centerpiece … → read more

SORM Playlist #14-17: Another Anniversary (part 2)
(airing the week starting 04-23-14)

This week we complete our feature on 1964 … the other anniversaries. We’ll hear some traditional music and some classic songwriters who made their recording debut between late 1963 and early 1965. It wasn’t just the Beatles and the Rolling Stones! LISTEN: To subscribe via iTunes, click .  |   … → read more

Here Comes the Story of the Hurricane

Bob Dylan visiting Rubin “Hurricane” Carter in prison before launching the “Night of the Hurricane” benefit concert, part of the Rolling Thunder Revue Tour (1975) [Note: Just as this post was being finalized, news broke of Rubin Carter’s death. You can read his obituary here. May he rest in peace.] … → read more