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 suggested that a program of “protest songs” might be overdue since the country was in such a political uproar. I am happy to comply. We’ll hear Pete playing the song her son is trying to learn as well as Woody Guthrie, Magpie, Eric Bibb, Phil Ochs and many more. Songs with a Message on the next Sing Out! Radio Magazine.

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Artist / “Title” / CD / Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways
Cincinnati’s University Singers / “The Future America” / The Hand that Holds the Bread / New World Records
The Almanac Singers / “Round and Round Hitler’s Grave” / Songs of Protest / Prism Leisure
Lil Rev & Larry Penn / “I Wanna Be President” / Around the Campfire / Cookie Man
Emma’s Revolution / “Occupy the USA” / RPM / Moving Forward
Ry Cooder / “No Banker Left Behind” / Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down / Nonesuch

Eric Bibb / “Diego’s Blues” / Migration Blues / Stony Plain
Magpie / “Bracero” / Working My Life Away / Collector Records
Bruce Springsteen / “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos” / ’til We Outnumber ’em / Righteous Babe
The Cincinnati’s University Singers / “Out of Work” / The Hand that Holds the Bread / New World Records

The Double Decker Stringband / “Mr. Crump Don’t Like It” / The Rest Is Yet To Come / 5-String
Art Thieme / “Wreck of the Tennessee Gravy Train” / Chicago Town and Points West / Folk Legacy
Phil Ochs / “Hazard, Kentucky” / The Broadside Tapes 1 / Smithsonian Folkways
Elaine Purkey / “If The Rich Paid Taxes” / Mountain Music, Mountain Struggle / Marimac

Pete Seeger / “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” / The Essential Pete Seeger / Vanguard
Woody Guthrie / “I Ain’t Got No Home” / Dust Bowl Ballads / BMG
John McCutcheon / “Pastures of Plenty” / This Land / Appalsongs
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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