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.


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Artist / “Title” / CD / Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways
Jelly Roll Morton / “King Porter Stomp” / The Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax / Rounder
James Baker, Will Crosby, R. D. Allen, Mose Platt / “Go Down Old Hannah” / Negro Work Songs and Calls / Rounder
Jesse Bradley and Group Huntsville State Penitentiary Texas / “Hammer, Ring” / Negro Work Songs and Calls / Rounder
Mississippi Mudsteppers / “Jackson Stomp” / Before the Blues Vol 1 / Yazoo
Tennessee Chocolate Drops / “Knox County Stomp” / Folks, He Sure Do Pull Some Bow! / Old Hat

Louis Armstrong / “West End Blues” / The Complete Hot 5 and Hot 7 Recordings Vol. 3 / Sony
WC Handy / “St Louis Blues” / WC Handy’s Memphis Blues Band / Memphis Archives
Jim Jackson / “I Heard the Voice of a Pork Chop” / Wild About My Lovin’ / RCA
Jelly Roll Morton / “Tiger Rag” / The Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax / Rounder

Bessie Smith / “Down Hearted Blues” / The Complete Recordings Vol. 1 / Columbia
Henry Thomas / “Old Country Stomp” / Texas Worried Blues / Yazoo
Mississippi John Hurt / “Avalon Blues” / 1928 Recordings / Yazoo
Fort Smith Symphony / “Still: Symphony No.1 ‘Afro American’ Animato” / Still: Afro-American Symphony-Africa / Naxos

Washington Phillips / “What Are They Doing in Heaven Today” / Washington Phillips and his Manzarene Dreams / Dust to Digital
The Golden Gate Quartet / “Traveling Shoes” / Freedom / Bridge
Blind Willie Johnson / “Dark was the Night-Cold was the Ground” / Praise God I’m Satisfied / Yazoo
Lead Belly / “Alabama Boumd” / Bourgeois Blues / Smithsonian Folkways
Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways

About Tom Druckenmiller

Tom has a long history with Sing Out! as a writer and regular contributor (for more than a decade) and deep and rich skills as a radio host and programmer of folk and roots music! He’s been a folk musician and teacher for over forty years. Tom began playing and singing Bob Dylan and Tom Paxton songs, but fell in love with old-time music and the clawhammer banjo after hearing John McCutcheon at the legendary Bethlehem folk club Godfrey Daniels. He has studied with old-time music greats Dwight Diller, Riley Baugus and Norman and Nancy Blake … and has, himself, taught at many music camps and workshops including The Augusta Heritage Workshops (in Elkins WV), the Pocono Dulcimer Fest (in Stroudsburg PA) and the Maidencreek Old-Time Music Festival (in Blandon PA). Druckemiller’s continuing regular local radio gig “In The Tradition” has aired on WDIY-FM in Allentown PA for the past 16 years, and he also co-hosts the “Sunday Folk” program on the station.

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