SORM Playlist #14-31: Hopelessly Midwestern, Pt. 2
(airing the week starting 07-30-14)

This week we complete our two part feature Hopelessly Midwestern focusing on the musical diversity in America’s Heartland. Not all great music happens in the Northeast or West Coast. The Midwest has a sound all its own. LISTEN: To subscribe via iTunes, click .  |   To listen using Stitcher, … → read more

Falcon Ridge preview and playlist for WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS for July 27, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for July 27, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko With the month of July coming to a close, it means one thing to folkies – time for the annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival! Falcon Ridge has become a magnet for folk fans in the northeast, and for the past … → read more

SORM Playlist #14-30: Hopelessly Midwestern, Pt. 1
(airing the week starting 07-23-14)

There is lots of great music that happens in America’s Heartland. This week The Sing Out! Radio Magazine we use Joel Mabus’ classic tune Hopelessly Midwestern as a guide as we begin a two part feature focusing on musicians from the Midwest. LISTEN: To subscribe via iTunes, click . … → read more

The Old Texas Misstep

Introduction The folks at Frets magazine taught me a valuable lesson back in the 1980s; they taught me that writing can be a dangerous vocation. This is particularly the case in the Lone Star State where I learned that carrying a concealed writing implement might not be unlawful, but could … → read more

Folkfinds: Hank Tilbury’s “In The Artificial Mountains”

Hank Tilbury

Hank Tilbury is a musical renaissance man, a wickedly talented multi-instrumentalist with eclectic interests and output. His work runs the gamut from the old-timey to the experimental, frequently in the same piece, and the same is true of his choice and use of instruments. This set features Hank doing multi-track … → read more

Rest in Peace Johnny Winter

Texas blues icon Johnny Winter has passed, according to a statement from his representative. The Grammy-winning guitarist was 70 years old. By the age of 15, Winter, a native of Texas, had begun his own band and was a fluent multi-instrumentalist (ukulele and clarinet). With encouragement from his parents, Johnny’s … → read more

SORM Playlist #14-29: Storytime
(airing the week starting 07-16-14)

Paul McCartney wrote a light ditty about silly love songs but for my money I’d rather hear a great story song or better yet a wonderful storyteller. This week’s edition of The Sing Out! Radio Magazine “Storytime” features some great story songs from James Keelaghan and Stan Rogers and great … → read more

The Seegers and the Ramones – WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist and program notes for July 13, 2014

Ron Olesko on the air at WFDU-FM on June 15, 2004

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS July 13, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko Two musical “families” were showcased on today’s show, the Ramones and the Seegers. Starting a show with a memorial tribute to a member of the seminal punk band the Ramones might seem odd for a folk radio program, unless you knew Tommy … → read more

SORM Playlist #14-28: It Don’t Mean A Thing
(airing the week starting 07-09-14)

“It Don’t Mean a Thing…” Folk music players have been intrigued by Swing Music for many years. This week we’ll hear some of the very best classic Swing recordings by Count Basie, Bennie Goodman, The Boswell Sisters and Django Reinhardt. Then we’ll jump head first into a set of Western … → read more