Great “Mileage” from Toby Walker

Seventeen songs, two guitars, one voice and an engineer were all that was needed to create the stunning new CD Mileage. Of course, we can’t forget that the guitars, voice and concept for this recording belong to internationally acclaimed roots guitar wizard Toby Walker. Toby teamed up with Grammy award … → read more

Podcast: National Park Service Centennial
Episode #16-30 | airing 7-27-16

2016 is the Centennial of the National Park Service. This week we’ll hear music that celebrates the great outdoors with songs and tunes from Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Pete Sutherland, Bruce Cockburn and many more. . LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1629_podcast.mp3 To subscribe via iTunes, click .  |   To listen using Stitcher, … → read more

“Streets of Laredo” (Unfortunate Rake, Part Three)

Cowboys shooting craps (Detroit Publishing Company Postcards; NY Public Library Digital Collection)

This is the third in a short series of posts on “The Unfortunate Rake.” Read the previous posts here and here. “So brave, young, and handsome” “When I got back to Wichita, I met one Zach Potter, a man with whom I had had some difficulty. He was on his … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for July 24, 2016

This weeks show was a hodgepodge of classic recordings and new songs.  Thanks to Sophie and David Buskin for allowing me to share a demo of a new song that Sophie wrote.  Also, a tribute to farmers in the third hour. (Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday from 2pm … → read more

Podcast: Conventions, pt. 2
Episode #16-29 | airing 7-20-16

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine Episode 16-29 we complete our two part series focusing on the Political Conventions. The issues we’ll examine this week include Immigration and the Economy with music from Tim O’Brien, Guy Carawan, Ry Cooder, The Atomic Duo and many more. It’s Convention time … → read more

Ron’s “2016 Old Songs Diary” – part 2 of 2

This is my second and final installment of my 2016 Old Songs diary. Part 1 featured some background about the fest and the first night of the fest. Every festival has a personality of its own, and Old Songs is unique. I welcome all readers to submit a comment at … → read more

Ron’s “2016 Old Songs Diary” – part 1 of 2

There are numerous festivals to enjoy every summer and opportunities to join loyal nomadic families of folkies who come out to enjoy spectacular performances and good times with good friends. Newport, Philadelphia, Kerrville, Falcon Ridge and so many other festivals large and small have become annual destinations for these pilgrimages. … → read more

“Don’t murder me …” – Dire Wolf

“In the Timbers of Fennario…” Today’s murder ballad dances merrily along borderlines with which we’ve become familiar in this blog; boundaries between celebration and fear, civilization and savagery, traditional and post-modern balladry – and of course that inscrutable passage between life and death.  “Dire Wolf” is an unabashedly happy song in … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for July 17, 2016

This week’s show featured a visit from Toby Walker, who performed live in the studio and shared selections from his new CD Mileage.  The show also paid tribute to Harry Chapin to mark the 35th anniversary of his passing on July 16, 1981. This week’s program aired a few hours … → read more

Podcast: Conventions, pt. 1
Episode #16-28 | airing 7-13-16

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine Episode 16-28 we begin a two part feature focusing on the Political Conventions. This week we’ll turn our attention to two Civil Rights issues Racial Equality and LGBT Rights. We’ll hear from Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle, Gil Scott-Heron, Emma’s Revolution, Sam … → read more