There’s a train a-coming: “People Get Ready” – CwD10

Curtis Mayfield (uncredited image, source: official Mayfield Facebook page)

“I would think that a movement without music would crumble. Music picks up people’s spirits. Anytime you can get something that lifts your spirits and also speaks to the reality of your life, even the reality of oppression, and at the same time is talking about how you can really … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for February 26, 2017

WFDU-FM’s annual February Fund Drive concluded this week. We had a good drive for Traditions, many new donors as well as folks who have supported the show for many years.It’s not to late to help! Keep folk music on the air in the NYC/NJ area – click here give today:  … → read more

Clearwater Festival to Sail Again in 2017

Following a one-year hiatus, the Great Hudson River Revival is returning to Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, New York on June 17 and 18. Evolved out of a local “folk picnic” organized by Toshi Seeger and her husband Pete Seeger in 1966, the Great Hudson River Revival was first held … → read more

Podcast: Black History Month, More Than The Blues
Episode #17-08 | airing 2-22-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we’ll hear a bit about the establishment on Black History Month and listen to some archival music. We’ll hear tunes from Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and WC Handy and songs from Jim Jackson, Bessie Smith, Henry Thomas and others. LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1708_podcast.mp3 … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for February 19, 2017

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: The Southwest, Pt 2
Episode #17-07 | airing 2-15-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we conclude out musical travels to the American Southwest. We’ll hear some classic Western Swing, Conjunto, Blues, Old-Time, Singer-Songwriters and Classic Country. Join us as we conclude our Southwestern Music Travelogue on the next Sing Out! Radio Magazine. LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1707_podcast.mp3 To subscribe … → read more

Heaven, Hell, and Everyday Heroes: “Guns of Umpqua”

Drive-By Truckers (Matt Patton, Brad Morgan, Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Jay Gonzalez) photo credit: Danny Clinch

“A stunningly beautiful autumn morning” Bob Boilen’s “Tiny Desk Concert” series introduced me to the Drive-By Truckers song “Guns of Umpqua.” The song grabbed me right away with the warm bounce of the acoustic guitar before the “lights came up” on the band. Lead singer Patterson Hood begins painting the scene … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for February 12, 2017

Last week, in response to a recent post I made here in the Folk Music Notebook (“We Can Turn This Ship Around” – January 18, 2017 ), Christine Lavin sent out the word to the singer-songwriter contingent of the folk music community that I was both receptive to and welcoming new topical songs. … → read more

Podcast: The Southwest, Pt 1
Episode #17-06 | airing 2-08-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we begin a two week feature focusing on music from the American Southwest. Many people think of Cowboy music as being the only music that came from the region. This week we will listen to some Cowboy music but also Western Swing, … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for February 5, 2017

WFDU-FM’s annual February Fund Drive began this week.  We are asking our listeners to help support public radio and our folk community.  Keep folk music on the air in the NYC/NJ area – give today: CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO WFDU-FM’S AND TRADITIONS (Tune in to WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS every Sunday … → read more