Fired Up with The Evie Ladin Band

The Evie Ladin Band

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for April 24, 2016 One of the finest CD’s that I have received in recent months is Jump the Fire from the Evie Ladin Band.  This new recording, the trio’s third release, captures the energy and creativity the band exhibits in their stage performance. The CD … → read more

Folkfinds: Rob Fong’s “Katy Hill”

For those concerned about traditional music’s appeal to the youth today, this week’s Folkfinds is Rob Fong of Asheville, NC. Rob fell in love with Southern traditional music a few years ago and has since become a skilled Piedmont guitarist, banjo player and fiddler. That may not be unusual, except … → read more

Podcast: Paradise
Episode #16-17 | airing 4-27-16

Sometimes the theme for a program comes right out of the headlines. The Peabody Energy Company has filed for bankruptcy. If you recall John Prine’s classic song Paradise refers to “Mr. Peabody’s coal train…”. This week we’ll hear some classic coal mining songs contemporary and classic. LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1617_podcast.mp3 To subscribe … → read more

Faster Folk

Roy Zimmerman

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for April 17, 2016 Folk songs, once recognized as transmitted from generation to generation in an oral tradition, took on a new method of delivery during the folk revival. Songs would be written and tried out on audiences in the clubs and coffeehouses. If the new … → read more

Chasing Omie: eighth blackbird and Bryce Dessner’s ‘Murder Ballades’

eighth blackbird (photo by saverio truglia)

Murder Ballades I attended eighth blackbird’s performance of Bryce Dessner’s Murder Ballades few weeks ago, on Good Friday, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Matthew Duvall, eighth blackbird’s percussionist, had mentioned the performance on our Facebook page, and encouraged me to attend the show. eighth blackbird is a … → read more

HACKENSAW BOYS: Charismo

Hackinsaw Boys Charismo

          Hackensaw Boys Charismo Free Dirt 0078 www.freedirtrecords.com   Charismo is the first full album of new Hackensaw Boys music and material in about a decade, an exuberant album buoyed by the Hackensaw cheekiness that was a hallmark of the two previous albums I have. The … → read more

Both Sides of the Story?

Ron Olesko

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for April 10, 2016 Fair and balanced used to be a significant principle for journalists before it became a catchphrase for Fox News. Perhaps there is a bit of sarcasm involved in that network’s use of the phrase, but it does appear that current broadcasters have … → read more

Podcast: Bluegrass Festival Season
Episode #16-15 | airing 4-13-16

You can tell Spring has arrived when a whole batch of new Bluegrass recordings are released as the festival season starts anew. In my mind the unofficial beginning of the festival season is the massive Merlefest held each year in Wilkesboro North Carolina. Though it is not exclusively a Bluegrass … → read more

War & Love: Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town

Ruby

“Those songs are gifts” On warm, humid evenings in Pahokee, Florida in 1947, teenager Mel Tillis would hear the neighbors arguing. Through open windows, broadcasting across the space between their home and his, their recurring shouting match of distrust and acrimony would resume. The belligerents were a wounded veteran of the … → read more