The Best of 2017, Part Three
Episode #18-03 | airing 01-17-18

This week we complete our three-part program featuring the best music from 2017. This time it’s bluegrass and blues, with fiddles and banjos from Molly Tuttle, Noam Pikelny, Old Salt Union and many more. And on the blues side we’ll hear from Jim Kweskin, Taj Mahal & Keb’Mo’, Eilen Jewell, John Lee Hooker and others. It’s part three of our “2017 Best of” series … this week 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
Ned Luberecki / “Night Driver” / Take Five / Self Produced
Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / “All the Ways I’m Gone” / Made to Move / Mountain Home
Molly Tuttle / “Good Enough” / Rise / Compass
Noam Pikelny / “I’ve Been a Long Time Leavin’ (But I’ll be a Long Time Gone) / Universal
              Favorite / Rounder
Bobby Osborne / “Don’t Be Cruel” / Original / Compass

Summer Brooke and The Mountain Faith Band / “Who Will You Be” / Small Town Life /
              Mountain Fever
John Reischman and the Jaybirds / “Two of Us” / On That Other Green Shore / Corvus
Larson & Williams / “Big Fool of the Year” / Chapter 3 / Mountain Home
Old Salt Union / “Hard Line” / Old Salt Union / Compass
Ned Luberecki / “Where No Man Has Gone Before (Star Trek Theme)” / Take Five /
              Self Produced

Jim Kweskin / “Staggerlee” / Unjugged / Hornbeam
Duke Robillard w/ Maria Muldaur / “Was That the Human Thing to Do” / Duke Robillard
              and His Dames of Rhythm / M.C. Records
Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ / “Diving Duck Blues” / Tajmo / Concord

Eilen Jewell / “Crazy Mixed Up World” / Down Hearted Blues / Signature Sounds
John Lee Hooker / “Boom Boom” / King of the Boogie / Craft-Concord
Johnny Nicholas / “Believe I’ll Make a Change” / Too Many Bad Habits / Self Produced
Kim Wilson / “Edgier” / Blues and Boogie Vol.1 / Severn
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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