Contrasts, Pt. 1: A Trip to the Tropics
Episode #18-04 | airing 01-24-18

On this week’s program, we begin a two-part feature using “contrast” as a theme. For part one, we’ll take a “Trip to the Tropics.” It’s winter here in the northeast U.S., with frigid temperature and snow. As a respite, we musically travel to the Caribbean and a warmer clime. On our journey we’ll hear some wonderful music from Taj Mahal, Toots and the Maytals, The Jolly Boys, The Amanda All-Stars with King Tubby and guitar master Joseph Spence along with many more. We’re headed south … 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
Gordon Bok / “St. Thomas” / Rogues Gallery of Songs for the Twelve String / Folk Legacy
Taj Mahal / “(Clara) St. Kitts Woman” / Mo’ Roots / Columbia
Mighty Sparrow / “Reply to Melody” / Calypso Awakening / Smithsonian Folkways
Ry Cooder / “I Got Mine” / Chicken Skin Music / Reprise

Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra / “A Night in the Tropics” / Gottshalk: A Night in the
              Tropics / Naxos
Jimmy Thackery & John Mooney / “Oh Louise” / Sideways in Paradise / Blind Pig
Sonny Rollins / “St Thomas” / Saxophone Colossus / Prestige

Toots and the Maytals / “Pressure Drop” / Pressure Drop Definitive Collection / Sanctuary
Amanda All-Stars & King Tubby / “Behold a Dub” / The Rough Guide to Dub / World
              Music Network
The Jolly Boys / “Woman’s Smarter” / Sunshine n’ Water / Rykodisc
Cocoa Lute Duo / “Mr Walker (calypso)” / West Indies: An Island Carnival / Elektra-
              Nonesuch Explorer

Familia Colon / “Aguinaldo Jibaro” / Folk Masters / Smithsonian Folkways
Orlando Puntillo Rios y Nueva Generacion / “Yesa” / New York City-Global Beat
              of the Boroughs / Smithsonian Folkways
Joseph Spence / “I Bid You Goodnight” / Bahamian Guitarist / Arhoolie
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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