Podcast: Best of 2016, part 1
Episode #16-48 | airing 11-30-16

Every year there are more and more great recordings released. This week and next we’ll sample some of the finest. This week we focus on Singer/Songwriters. We’ll hear Gillian Welch, John Gorka, Kaia Kater, Putnam Smith and many more. LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1648_podcast.mp3 To subscribe via iTunes, click .  |   To listen … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for November 27, 2016

This week’s guests were Michael Gabriele, author of the new book New Jersey Folk Revival Music: History and Tradition, and Mike & Aleksi Glick who performed live in the studio and shared songs from their new CD Generations: Two for the Blues. (Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday from … → read more

Podcast: Over The River…
Episode #16-47 | airing 11-22-16

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving on the SORM with songs about travel, food and family. Thanksgiving is a most American holiday however in the excitement and anticipation of the holiday spent with friends and family not everything is as joyous as portrayed on the Hallmark Channel. We’ll include music addressing … → read more

Far too many of you dying: ‘What’s Going On’

Cover image for 'What's Going On' (Motown Records)

“Local draft board No. 4 in a district surrounding State and 35th streets, containing 30,000 persons, of whom 90 per cent are colored, registered upward of 9,000 and sent 1,850 colored men to cantonments. Of these 1,850 there were only 125 rejections. On Nov. 11, when the armistice was declared, … → read more

People’s Music Network at NERFA

PMN at NERFA 2016

The 2016 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) was held November 10-13 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford, CT. This was a new location for NERFA and the general consensus appears favorable for the new digs. Some growing pains, but it is a sign of a healthy organization and … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for November 20, 2016

This week’s show focused on artists who shared their music with me at the recent Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA) that was held November 10-13, 2016 in Stamford, CT.  My guest this week was Lara Herscovitch who was a featured performer in the formal showcase at NERFA. To learn … → read more

Podcast: When I Paint My Masterpiece
Episode #16-46 | airing 11-16-16

Dylan in Nashville

In December Bob Dylan will travel to Stockholm to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. (Update: Actually, looks like he will *not* be in attendance for the ceremony) This is unprecedented in awarding the prize to a musical composer, much less a popular music figure. Bob Dylan obviously is no … → read more

Lamkin – A most brutal bloody ballad.

Introduction Fragments of time and history filter down to us in the Child ballads. We get whispers and incomplete stories that make us ponder what ‘really’ lies beneath. This is deeply true in the case of “Lamkin.” Like so many of the ballads collected by Francis James Child, the ‘truth’ … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for November 13, 2016

(Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday from 3pm to 6pm 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: For Laughs
Episode #16-45 | airing 11-09-16

Pete Seeger, Photo Copyright Devan Goldstein

The election is over and both sides could probably need a good laugh. This week’s program supplies just that-some really funny songs. We’ll hear music from Kate Campbell, Peter Ostroushko, Steve James, Christine Lavin and many more. Just for Laughs on the next Sing Out! Radio Magazine. LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1645_podcast.mp3 To … → read more