Podcast: Topical 2017
Episode #17-27 | airing 7-05-17

With today’s hot political climate there have been many new topical songs written. This week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine we’ll sample some recent topical music from Joe Jencks, Fred Gillen, Jr, John McCutcheon, Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt, Harpeth Rising and many more. I think you will see Topical Song is alive and well and thriving in these heady times. Hear some of the best 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
Mandolinman / “Polka Antwerp” / Unfolding the Roots / ARC
Scott Cook / “Further Down the Line” / Further Down the Line / Self Produced
Joe Jencks / “Let Me Sing You a Song” / Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers / Turtle Bear
Emma’s Revolution / “Sing People Sing” / Revolution Now / Moving Forward

Beth DeSombre / “She Persisted” / Resistance / Self Produced
Harpeth Rising / “535 (Are You Even Alive)” / Against All Tides / Self Produced
Janie Barnett & Blue Room / “Buy That Thing” / You See This River / Minor Regret
Mandolinman / “Contradans Ghent in A minor” / Unfolding the Roots / ARC

Carrie Elkin / “American Tune” / The Penny Collector / Self Produced
Fred Gillen, Jr. / “Future Americans” / What She Said / DYS
John McCutcheon / “Y’all means All” / Trolling for Dreams / Appalsong
Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes / “Tear Down the Fences” / Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes / Community Music

Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt / “Jamaica’s Tree” / We Are Welcomed / Pragmavision
Tom Paxton / “Hitch to my Gitalong” / Boat in the Water / Pax Records
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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