“With a Memory Like Mine”

For the fifth time, we at Murder Ballad Monday find ourselves with something musical to share on Memorial Day.  Songs of war don’t always get us to the same place as do those in our genre of choice, but sometimes they get us there and back as well as any … → read more

Podcast: Woody Guthrie, pt. 2
Episode #16-21 | airing 5-25-16

Woody Guthrie gave us so many wonderful songs and this week we conclude our two part feature focusing some more of these classic songs. We’ll hear some of Woody’s recordings for Alan Lomax at the Library of Congress, selections from several Woody tribute concerts, and artists singing his songs. We’ll … → read more

Irish Mythen named Music P.E.I.’s Songwriter of the Year

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 22, 2016 Irish Mythen fits the old cliche of being being a “20 year overnight success.” The passionate singer-songwriter has been impressing audiences in the United States over the past couple of years following showcase performances at a Folk Alliance International Conference and at … → read more

Disaster Songs — Readers Recommend

"Flood Disaster (Homecoming - Kaw Valley)," 1951, by Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975)

We invited our readers via Facebook last week to submit some of the disaster songs they find most moving. Through those, and through some suggestions we got from others directly, we received some great suggestions. In an unusual turn for us, therefore, we’ll turn it over to the readers, and … → read more

Square Peg Makes a Perfect Fit

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 15, 2016 Honesty and challenge are two factors that Marci Geller used to her advantage to create a masterpiece of a CD with her latest release Square Peg. A songwriter whose profile has been rising in recent years, Marci writes catchy tunes, heartfelt lyrics … → read more

Podcast: Woody Guthrie, pt. 1
Episode #16-20 | airing 5-18-16

Except perhaps for Bob Dylan no one individual has influenced more folk music performers than Woody Guthrie. And it can be argued that there would be no Bob Dylan had it not been for Woody. The next two weeks we’ll listen to Woody’s music from a variety of sources. Including … → read more

Disaster songs, and such – Part 1

In the Murder Ballad Monday board room over the last several months, conversations about the sinking of the Titanic resulted directly in two things.  First, we’ve started a playlist on the topic and we’re planning to curate it in a future post concerning music made about the day that great ship went … → read more

Podcast: Ride That Train, part 2
Episode #16-19 | airing 5-11-16

This week we on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine conclude our two part feature on Train Songs. We’ll include songs and tunes from Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Dan Hicks & his Hot Licks, Anne Hills, Jimmie Rodgers and many more including “the best damn train song ever written.” LISTEN: … → read more

No fortune in my fame: “The Nameless Murderess”

The Once (promotional image, photo credit: Renita Fillatre)

  One, two, three,    can we play the game Of the murderess    who had no name? Lucifer was waiting,    but Saint Francis came And said her name is    nowhere on your deeds So she will come to heaven    now with me.     We have a “whodunit?” of a particular stripe … → read more

Serving Up “Mud & Apples”

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 8, 2016 Just a few days before this week’s broadcast, I received the PERFECT CD for my Mother’s Day program. Actually, it is the perfect CD for any day of the year. Lucy Wainwright Roche and her mother Suzzy Roche have just released Mud … → read more