Podcast: Acoustic Eclectic
Episode #17-23 | airing 6-07-17

When I was younger I was easily excited by new sounds. The seemed to be everywhere. As I have grown older I find most new music interests me less and less. However, occasionally a recording comes along that really knocks my hat in the creek as my friend Joe Newberry says.
On the next two episodes of the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we’ll focus on some of the music that attracted me in the late-’60s and early-’70s: my high school and college years as well as some of the recordings that I find intriguing today.

The title “Acoustic Eclectic” derived from a program broadcast on my local NPR station and hosted by the late Otto Bost. He reignited my interest and introduced me to some wonderful new music. These programs are dedicated to him.

“Acoustic Eclectic” … on the 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
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones / “Hurricane Camille” / Bela Fleck & the Flecktones / Warner Brothers
Fraser & Debolt / “Gypsy Solitaire” / Fraser & Debolt with Ian Guenther / Columbia
Gillian Welch / “Caleb Meyer” / Hell Among the Yearlings / Almo
The Blue Velvet Band / “Hitchhiker” / Sweet Moments with the Blue Velvet Band / Warner Brothers

The Acousticats / “California Republic” / Down at Evangelina’s / Flying Fish
John Hartford / “Back in the Goodle Days” / Aereo-Plain / Rounder
John Mayall / “Room to Move” / The Turning Point / Cherry
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones / “Reflections of Lucy” / Bela Fleck & the Flecktones / Warner Brothers 3

David Bromberg et al / “Breakfast Feud” / Hillbilly Jazz / Flying Fish
The David Grisman Quintet / “Fish Scale” / The David Grisman Quintet / Kaleidoscope
Guy Van Duser / “When I See An Elephant Fly” / Stride Guitar / Rounder
Tony Ellis / “Cherry Blossom Waltz” / Farewell My Home / Flying Fish
The Horseflies et al / “Hangman’s Reel” / Two Traditionas / Self Produced
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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