SORM Playlist #14-35: Tribute To Jean Ritchie
(airing the week starting 08-27-14)

Jean Ritchie is a musical treasure. Compass Records will shortly release Dear Jean a collection of artists performing selections from Jean’s repertoire of collected and composed tunes. That CD is the inspiration for this week’s program. I submit some of my favorite tunes and artists associated with Jean along with … → read more

SHABAZZ PALACES: Lese Majesty

          Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Sub Pop www.subpop.com   Shabazz Palaces is an experimental Seattle-based hip-hop duo comprised of Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire, son of Mbira master Dumisani Maraire. Their sophomore album Lese Majesty was released a month ago on Sub Pop Records. Although Lese … → read more

RICHARD THOMPSON: Acoustic Classics

Richard Thompson: Acoustic Classics

          Richard Thompson Acoustic Classics Beeswing 002 www.richardthompson-music.com   An entire studio album of Richard Thompson re-imagining a batch of his songs as acoustic performances is truly way overdue. The program is drawn from his entire post-Fairport Convention career both solo and with Linda Thompson from … → read more

JACK WHITE: Lazaretto

          Jack White Lazaretto Columbia Records www.columbiarecords.com   Blind Willie McTell’s 1928 Victor recording “Three Women Blues” was pure Piedmont blues with undertones of racial pride in his yellow, black and brown-skinned lovers. In Jack White’s hands, the song sounds like early-’70s arena-level British blues rock … → read more

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS playlist for August 24, 2014

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for August 24, 2014 HOST: Ron Olesko During today’s show we paid tribute to two individuals who passed away during the past week: Jean Redpath and Buddy MacMaster. Both individuals dedicated themselves to perpetuating the musical traditions of their respective homes, and also introduce new communities to … → read more

Interlude: Ellen Greene

Ellen Greene An “Interlude” post, in our use, is not necessarily a connection between one piece of music and another, but an exploration of artistic work with close thematic engagement with murder ballads. It’s a step outside our “song of the week” or “digital compendium” modes, and a way to … → read more