Folkfinds: Loran Otzer’s “Martello Tower” (Joined by SPRuNG!)

Loran Otzer

Loran Otzer is a talented though humble Italian sing-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist equally enamored of country, pop, folk, bluegrass and Celtic music. His quirky lo-fi productions frequently call all those to mind, but filtered through the immediacy of Gilberto Gil (whom Loran claims never to have heard) – just, well, Italian. … → read more

Podcast: The Tribute, pt 2
Episode #15-35 | airing 8-26-15

This week we complete our two week feature focusing on tribute recordings. We’ll hear tributes to Muddy Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. We’ll also pay tribute to the late John Martyn and John Stewart and finish up with a short quirky set of tunes dedicated to Bob Dylan. LISTEN: … → read more

Dan Dutton, Part 2 – “Ballads of the Barefoot Mind”

  A few weeks ago, artist, musician, composer, and all-around creative Kentuckian Dan Dutton was kind enough to speak with me in depth about his early years as student of the ballad tradition. He also related his experiences learning ballads and more from his ‘old-time’ mentors like Jean Ritchie, Chappel Wallin, and … → read more

Dan Schatz Shares “The Promise of the Sowing”

Preview of a new CD from Dan Schatz and WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for August 23, 2015 There are numerous songs that address the frailty of our environment. Numerous collections have gathered songs that point out the human impact upon our planet. Songs that address topics such as global warming, fracking, … → read more

Folkfinds: Gratton’s “Winter’s Wisp”


Kurt Plahna of Milwaukee records under the name Gratton and divides his efforts on Soundcloud between experimental music, remixes, and some of the prettiest fingerpicking compositions you’ll find. He owes a clear debt to Kottke, Fahey and others, but manages to sound unique on either 12 or 6 strings as … → read more

Podcast: The Tribute, pt 1
Episode #15-34 | airing 8-19-15

Ever since the Concert for Bangladesh organized by George Harrison there have been countless concerts and recordings in tribute to a musical style or an artist. The next two weeks we will sample some of the very best. This week we’ll hear tributes to Pete Seeger, Lester Flatt & Earl … → read more

Revolution Blues: How Charles Manson Murdered the ’60s (Part Two)

This month marks the 46th anniversary of the Tate/LaBianca murders committed by Charles Manson and his cult-like Family. A nightmarish event with lasting cultural impact, music is central to its story. This and last week’s posts explore the connection. At the edge of town… My fellow Americans, our long national … → read more

Folkfinds: Cadence and Nathan’s “Canmore”

Cadence and Nathan

Picking up from last week’s family act thread, folkfinds this week directs your attention to Edmonton, Canada brother-sister band Cadence & Nathan. Each writes and sings; their work has the intimacy you’d expect of a family band, balanced with a catchy folk-pop feel and enhanced by low-key acoustic full-band arrangements. … → read more

Podcast: Another Look At Texas
Episode #15-33 | airing 8-12-15

This week we take a second look at the Lonestar state. We’ll hear Blues, Willie Nelson, Texas songwriters and a handful more! LISTEN: To subscribe via iTunes, click .  |   To listen using Stitcher, click . Artist / “Title” / CD / Label Pete Seeger / “If I Had … → read more

Driving Dull Care Away

Preview of a new CD from John Roberts & Debra Cowanand WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for August 9, 2015 Oh why should we our lot complain Or grieve at our distress? Some think if they could riches gain T’would be true happiness. But alas in vain is all their strife Life’s … → read more