Judy Kass’ “Beyond the Ash and Steel”

Judy Kass

On the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorists attacks, my guest on WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS was singer-songwriter Judy Kass who shared songs from her new CD Beyond the Ash and Steel. In 2001, Judy worked in the Employee Relations department for a firm on the 48th floor of the World Trade … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for September 25, 2016

(Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm Eastern Time over WFDU-FM 89.1 in the NYC/Northern New Jersey area, or on the web at www.wfdu.fm or iHeartRadio.com. The show can also be heard Saturday evenings at 6:30pm ET at www.bluesandroots.radio.com. On-demand streams of shows, including this one, … → read more

Podcast: Folk City, Part 1
Episode #16-39 | airing 9-28-16

This week and next we focus on the center of the folk revival in the 1950’s and 60’s New York City. The program is based on the wonderful new book by Stephen Petrus and Ronald D. Cohen entitled Folk City-New York and the American Folk Music Revival. We’ll hear some … → read more

Seven Spanish Angels: Romance, Violence and Absolution in the West

Willie Nelson and Ray Charles (screencap of a live performance)

“Seven Spanish Angels” When I pick up the guitar to sing, I like to launch into the long ballads. The melody sinks in to me through repetition. The lyrics, many refined over time by unknown self-appointed editors, flow out. If I’m lucky, I discover something new inside them. I let … → read more

Podcast: Pioneering Women, part 2
Episode #16-38 | airing 9-21-16

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we conclude our two part feature Pioneering Women in Folk Music. We’ll hear a set of Classic Blues featuring Memphis Minnie and Big Mama Thornton and more contemporary players Rory Block and Maria Muldaur. We’ll travel to the U.K. with Anne Briggs … → read more

Shot Through Your Cheatin’ Heart: “Open Pit Mine” and Country’s Cuckolded Killers

Country Gothic In her oft-cited 1998 essay, “Bloody Daggers and Lonesome Graveyards: The Gothic and Country Music,” Teresa Goddu contrasts “bluegrass” and country. I put “bluegrass” in quotes because the term in the essay mostly means songs that carry the legacy of  what Goddu refers to as “the Gothic.” Bluegrass does … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for September 18, 2016

My guests this week were singer-songwriters Paul Sachs and Robin Greenstein (click on the links below to hear our chat and their live performances in the studio.) Today’s show fell on the 35th anniversary of the opening of The Speakeasy, a legendary Greenwich Village nightclub that was the epicenter of … → read more

Podcast: Pioneering Women, part 1
Episode #16-37 | airing 9-14-16

Through the years female singers and songwriters have offered their unique perspective on the music and the times. In this first program we’ll hear classics from Sara and Maybelle Carter, Jean Ritchie, Odetta, Judy Collins and many more. LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1637_podcast.mp3 To subscribe via iTunes, click .  |   To listen using … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for September 11, 2016

Today’s broadcast occurred on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country.  I offered songs of healing, community, friendship and love. I shared songs that were written about the tragedy from Tom Paxton, Tom Chapin with John McCutcheon & Micheal Mark, Jack Hardy, Suzanne Vega, Lucy Kaplansky, … → read more

Guitarist/Singer Fred Hellerman, last surviving original Weaver, Passes

Fred Hellerman

For any of us baby boomer folkies who came to this great community of music we called folk in the early- to mid-1960s, the Weavers were our perfect gateway drug. I can admit to a sense of awe and gratitude through every interaction I had with each of them through … → read more