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 Sub Pop   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   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   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