Folkfinds: Willi Goehring’s “Up The Hill”

Will Goehring

  Willi Goehring, originally from Illinois, moved to Fayetteville to pursue an MFA in Poetry and emerged as something of an Ozarks renaissance folklorist. Musically, he’s a a multi-instrumentalist well-grounded in old-time, and a tour through his Soundcloud page yields drunken late night square dances, vaudeville patter, and virtuoso performances … → read more

Podcast: Halloween Spooktacular
Episode #15-44 | airing 10-28-15

Bluegrass Ghost by Terry Irwin

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a combination of the Autumnal weather and the brilliant colors but also sinister songs of the supernatural intertwined with tradition are very appealing. We’ll hear classics from Archie Fisher, Anne Hills and Tim O’Brien along with some new music for the season … → read more

Never Again: Redemption, Loss, & Wrecks on the Highway (Part 1)

This is the first of a two-part look at songs (“Wreck on the Highway” and “Percy’s Song”) about road crashes and their aftermath … The meaning of life is that it stops. — Kafka Impact Shards of shattered windshield, mangled steel, the stink of burning rubber. Torn clothes drenched with … → read more

Podcast: Ballads, Old and New, pt. 2
Episode #15-43 | airing 10-21-15

This week we complete our two part ballad feature with a series of selections collected by James Francis Child. Later we’ll hear a set of unaccompanied ballads from the Southern Mountains and explore a long set of English ballads in modern and traditional settings from Fairport Convention, The Young Tradition, … → read more

Deckhands and Shipwrecks, Poetry and Tragedy

Disaster and Tragedy Among the small number of conversations among friends that initially inspired this blog back in 2011/2012 was a discussion about a shipwreck. It was about the RMS Titanic specifically, and why the disaster of its sinking led to so much music and art, both at the time and subsequently, when disasters … → read more

Triboro Delivers “Harmony x 3”

Preview of a new CD from Triboro and WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlists for October 4 & 18, 2015 My guest on the October 4th show was Don Friedman, 1/3 of the trio Triboro. The members of Triboro represent three of the five boroughs of New York City, Don lives in Brooklyn, … → read more

Unsung Hero – Simple Gifts

Roger with Clifford "Doc" Williams in 1973

This story is about two old, dear friends. One friend was animated with a touch of fuss and feathers, and so much talent. The other, a tad more wooden; comprised of mother of pearl and abalone inlay, some nickel silver and brass. Both were, exceptional, one-of-a-kind, and somewhat quirky. Taken … → read more

Podcast: Ballads, Old and New
Episode #15-42 | airing 10-15-15

This week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine we begin a two part feature Ballads Ancient & New. We’ll listen to ballads in many different settings and styles. Narrative songs have always been an important part of folk music whether humorous, serious or amorous we’ll hear all three distinct styles … → read more

TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Portrait of an American Singer

Tennessee Ernie Ford Portrait of An American Singer

          TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD Portrait of an American Singer Bear Family 17332   Have you ever felt like – to paraphrase “Sixteen Tons” – you owed your soul to the company store? October 17th marks the 60th anniversary of the release of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s … → read more