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.

Podcast: Batter Up!
Episode #17-16 | airing 4-19-17

Baseball

This week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine we celebrate the arrival of Spring with a program of tunes about or associated with The National Pastime. I have been a baseball fan my entire life from the days of playing on neighborhood teams on vacant lots until today when I … → read more

Podcast: For Chuck, pt 2
Episode #17-15 | airing 4-12-17

As with last week’s edition of The Sing Out! Radio Magazine we’re focusing our attention on Chuck Berry in this program of covers and tunes by Mr. Berry. We lost Chuck on March 18th. As I mentioned last week that my plan of doing a program comprised entirely of Chuck … → read more

Podcast: For Chuck pt 1
Episode #17-14 | airing 4-05-17

This week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine we begin a two part feature For Chuck. We lost Chuck Berry on March 18th of this year at the age of 90. He had ceased performing but was still recording with a new CD due in June. My initial intention was … → read more

Podcast: Songs with a Message
Episode #17-13 | airing 3-29-17

A few weeks ago I received an email message from a loyal listener. She told me her 12 year old son was interested in Pete and Woody and was learning the banjo. The Banjo! Whew! The song he was trying to learn was “Round and Round Hitler’s Grave.” Amazing! She … → read more

Podcast: Accordion Time
Episode #17-12 | airing 3-22-17

When I was a kid I was dragged to many family events. Often these occasions included a Polka Band. I hated it. As I grew older and wiser I realized the folly of my ways and today I am a fan of all things accordion. This week we’ll hear many … → read more

Podcast: Ireland in America
Episode #17-11 | airing 3-15-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we celebrate St. Patricks Day with a show devoted to American performers of Irish Music. Inspiration for the program is the recording Ireland-Crossroads of Art and Design 1690-1840 released in conjunction with a recent exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. The … → read more

Podcast: Old-Time Music 101
Episode #17-10 | airing 3-08-17

This week we begin an occasional feature focusing on a distinctive style of folk music. This week we will highlight Old-Time Music with selections from the Golden Age of the music through today’s finest players. We’ll hear Gid Tanner & his Skillet Lickers, Tommy Jarrell and Oscar Jenkins, Ben Townsend … → read more

Podcast: Black History Month, More Than The Blues, pt 2
Episode #17-08 | airing 3-01-17

This week we conclude our feature honoring Black History Month with some more recent songs and tunes. We’ll hear Duke Ellington and Count Basie along with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Martin, Bogan and Armstrong, Irma Thomas, Kim & Reggie Harris and many more. Wonderful sounds to satisfy your soul. LISTEN: … → read more

Podcast: Black History Month, More Than The Blues
Episode #17-08 | airing 2-22-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we’ll hear a bit about the establishment on Black History Month and listen to some archival music. We’ll hear tunes from Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and WC Handy and songs from Jim Jackson, Bessie Smith, Henry Thomas and others. LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1708_podcast.mp3 … → read more

Podcast: The Southwest, Pt 2
Episode #17-07 | airing 2-15-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we conclude out musical travels to the American Southwest. We’ll hear some classic Western Swing, Conjunto, Blues, Old-Time, Singer-Songwriters and Classic Country. Join us as we conclude our Southwestern Music Travelogue on the next Sing Out! Radio Magazine. LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1707_podcast.mp3 To subscribe … → read more