SORM Playlist #14-26: Pickin’ On The Classics
(airing the week starting 06-25-14)

Don ye thy favorite powdered wig, we’ll be visiting some folkies’ takes on classical music on this week’s show. LISTEN: To subscribe via iTunes, click .  |   To listen using Stitcher, click . Artist / “Title” / CD / Label Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer” / … → read more

VARIOUS ARTISTS: For Freedom Alone: The Wars of Independence

        Various Artists For Freedom Alone: The Wars of Independence Greentrax 1314   June 23rd and 24th mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, a major victory in Scotland’s 1297-1328 struggle for independence from its neighbors to the south of the River Tweed. Commemorating … → read more

Shot through the Heart – Poor Ellen Smith, pt. 3

Frank Fairfield This is the third of three posts on the North Carolina murder ballad “Poor Ellen Smith.” Read the first here and the second here. One of the implicit questions in the previous two posts is whether the real story behind the murder ballad “Poor Ellen Smith” affects how … → read more

SORM Playlist #14-25: A Pack Of Summer Songs
(airing the week starting 06-18-14)

This week’s program is titled A Pack of Summer Songs. The change of seasons has always been a fertile subject for composers and musicians. This week’s program collects some favorites from writers as talented as Putnam Smith and Guy Clark to selections as lovely as Early Summer Morning by The … → read more

Mya Byrne – The Challenges Facing Transgender Artists and playlist for WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS for June 15, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS June 15, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko I enjoy having the opportunity to invite guests into the studio to share their songs and stories. Today’s show featured one of the most moving and important discussions that I’ve had the privilege to share on WFDU-FM. My guest today was Mya … → read more

Mining a Mystery–Poor Ellen Smith, pt. 2

Aoife O’Donovan This is the second in a series of posts on “Poor Ellen Smith.” Read the first one here. Our posts here at Murder Ballad Monday are just a few small additions to the numerous reviews, ruminations on, and histories of “Poor Ellen Smith.” In all of the sources … → read more

VARIOUS ARTISTS: Peabody Blues, St. Charles Blues & Jackson Stomp

        Various Artists Peabody Blues St. Charles Blues Jackson Stomp Nehi Records 1, 2 & 3   Though there are plenty of crossovers and cross polinizations on these three vintage collections, two have local focuses. Peabody Blues offers 26 tracks by ten acts recorded Sept. 22-25, … → read more

SELDOM SCENE: Long Time … Seldom Scene

          Seldom Scene Long Time … Seldom Scene Smithsonian/Folkways 40199   As a recap of the more than forty-year history of the Seldom Scene, the extensive liner booklet accompanying this new release is about as authoritative as it gets, containing first-person accounts from the band’s … → read more