TRADITIONS playlist #17-35

Airing live on WFDU on Sunday, August 29, 2017 from 3-5pm

Re-broadcast Saturday, September 2, 2017 (with a bonus hour) on

Aztec Two-Step’s Rex Fowler and singer-songwriter Amy Allison visited the show this week. Rex discussed the new Aztec Two-Step CD Naked and Amy performed live in the studio and talked about the upcoming Hudson West Folk Festival.

New and Recommended: Christine Lavin Spaghettification (self), Uncle Bonsai The Family Feast (Yellow Tail

(Tune in to for the 2-hour version of WFDU’s TRADITIONS each Sunday from 3pm to 5pm Eastern Time over WFDU-FM 89.1 in the NYC/Northern New Jersey area, or on the web at or The full 3-hour program airs each week on the following Saturday from 6:30-9:30pm Eastern Time at (The 2-hour version is also available via on-demand stream for two weeks after the WFDU airing by clicking HERE. TRADITIONS is a Sing Out! Radio Partner.)
HOUR 1 (Exclusively on Blues and Roots
ARTIST “Tune / Song”
ALBUM Label – Website

Theme: HARVEY REID “Dirty Dish Rag”
Solo Guitar Sketchbook Woodpecker Records –
PAUL SACHS “Jesus Candle”
Survival is the New Success self –

RICHARD SHINDELL “Money for Floods”
Reunion Hll Shanachie –
PAT WICTOR “Make Levees Not War”

BIG BILL BROONZY “Backwater Blues”
1956 Radio Broadcast out of print –

OKA VANGA “Song of the River”
Dance of the Copper Trail self –
JAMES KEELAGHAN “Red River Rising”
History, The FIrst 25 Years Borealis – ,
JOHN FLYNN “Big Boat Comin'”
Dragon self –

KIPYN MARTIN “God is Love”
Dance Across the Sky self –
LAURA ZUCKER “If Your Well Has Run Dry”
Say Yes self –
DAVID BROZA “One to Three”
The Set List Broza Records –

JAMES LEE STANLEY “The World We Left Behind”
Had Enough Yet? Beachwood Recordings –
THE MALVINAS “I Ought to Know”
God Bless the Grass Soona Songs – ,
JOE JENCKS “One Piece at a Time”
Poets, Philosophers, Workers & self –

PETE KENNEDY “Rhapsody in Blue”
Guitarslinger self –

HOUR 2 (WFDU Broadcast starts here)
Naked self –
GUEST: REX FOWLER of AZTEC TWO-STEP who discussed the duo’s new CD Naked and previewed their upcoming CD release party at City Winery in NYC on August 31 

AZTEC TWO-STEP “Tough & Tender (Gender Bending Boy)”
Naked Red Engine Records –
Naked Red Engine Records –
AZTEC TWO-STEP “Way Down in New Orleans”
Naked Red Engine Records –

UNCLE BONSAI “The Rise and Fall of an Inevitable Clown”
The Family Feast Yellow Tail Records – ,
THE YA-YAS “Everything”
Everything self –
Hang on for the Ride self –

CHRISTINE LAVIN “Getting Weighted”
Spaghettification self –

Guest: AMY ALLISON, daughter of the late jazz legend Mose Allison, Amy shared her critically acclaimed songs and discussed the upcoming Hudson West Folk Festival where she will be appearing on September 9

live in the studio self –
AMY ALLISON “Blue Plate Special”
live in the studio self –
AMY ALLISON “The Whiskey Makes You Sweeter”
live in the studio self –
AMY ALLISON “The Needle Skips”
live in the studio self –
AMY ALLISON “Monsters of the Id”
Sheffield Streets Urban Myth –

JACK TEMPCHIN “Peaceful Easy Feeling”
Peaceful Easy Feeling Blue Elan Records – ,
BARBARA JO KAMMER “I Can See Clearly Now”
One Song at A Time self –
SONS OF THE NEVER WRONG “Standin’ At The Hand”
Songs of Sons Waterbug – ,
Ron Olesko
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Teaneck, NJ 07666
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About Ron Olesko

For over 40 years, Ron has been a radio programmer with WFDU-FM in Teaneck, New Jersey. He created WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS in 1980, a show that he continues to host and produce every Sunday afternoon from 3 to 6pm Eastern Time. He's the president of and booker for the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and is a regular contributor to Sing Out! as well as the host of the Folk Music Notebook blog on this site. Ron can also be found emceeing concerts and festivals around the NYC/NJ area. A lifelong Mets fan and a rabid soccer geek, Ron is a Red Bull season ticket holder since their inception and will most likely be in his seat when not in the studio.

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