Podcast: Songs with a Message
Episode #17-13 | airing 3-29-17

A few weeks ago I received an email message from a loyal listener. She told me her 12 year old son was interested in Pete and Woody and was learning the banjo. The Banjo! Whew! The song he was trying to learn was “Round and Round Hitler’s Grave.” Amazing! She … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for March 26, 2017

My guest this week was children’s author Susanna Reich who discussed her new book Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice. The book is the first illustrated biography of Pete that is geared toward children. The book covers the many struggles that Pete was … → read more

Podcast: Accordion Time
Episode #17-12 | airing 3-22-17

When I was a kid I was dragged to many family events. Often these occasions included a Polka Band. I hated it. As I grew older and wiser I realized the folly of my ways and today I am a fan of all things accordion. This week we’ll hear many … → read more

“Victim or the Crime”

Introduction – “Victim or the Crime” It is human to feel like a victim when suffering arrives.  Traditional ballads almost always place such emotion within a dualistic worldview.  There is good and evil – and a clear, if thin, line between.  Today, though, we tend to see such things in … → read more

Bev Grant Gets Personal

You can trace the start of Bev Grant’s socially conscious songwriting to the turbulent era of the late 1960s. The anti-war and civil rights movements helped galvanize her as an activist and artist. Her involvement in the burgeoning women’s liberation movement of the era would find her writing songs with … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for March 19, 2017

Over the past few months, I have been receiving a number of MP3 files of brand new songs, some only a day or two old. Many of these are topical songs based on current events, others are simply new songs that the artists are looking to share. This week I shared new … → read more

Podcast: Ireland in America
Episode #17-11 | airing 3-15-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we celebrate St. Patricks Day with a show devoted to American performers of Irish Music. Inspiration for the program is the recording Ireland-Crossroads of Art and Design 1690-1840 released in conjunction with a recent exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. The … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for March 12, 2017

A busy and fun show with two guests this week. Pat Wictor joined me to discuss his new CD This is Absolutely Real: Visions and Versions of Phil Ochs. The songs Pat chose show the diversity and depth of Phil Och’s songwriting, and the innovative settings showcase the immense talents … → read more

Podcast: Old-Time Music 101
Episode #17-10 | airing 3-08-17

This week we begin an occasional feature focusing on a distinctive style of folk music. This week we will highlight Old-Time Music with selections from the Golden Age of the music through today’s finest players. We’ll hear Gid Tanner & his Skillet Lickers, Tommy Jarrell and Oscar Jenkins, Ben Townsend … → read more

TRADITIONS playlist for March 5, 2017

My guest this week was Bev Grant, who performed live in the studio and shared selections from her new CD It’s Personal. Bev, one of the founders of the legendary NYC underground band The Human Condition, shares songs from her new CD, with songs that feature her personal side with … → read more