Old Songs 2017: A Review

Readers of this blog will note that I have frequently discussed, reviewed and extolled the virtues of the Old Songs Festival that takes place each June in Altamont, New York. I am happy to report that the 2017 edition, the 37th Annual Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music and … → read more

Pat Wictor’s Vision of Phil Ochs

One of the most remarkable recordings that crossed my threshold in recent months is Pat Wictor’s This Is Absolutely Real: Visions and Versions of Phil Ochs. Keeping himself busy as a member of Brother Sun, it has been eight years since Pat last released a solo recording. As the trio … → read more

Bev Grant Gets Personal

You can trace the start of Bev Grant’s socially conscious songwriting to the turbulent era of the late 1960s. The anti-war and civil rights movements helped galvanize her as an activist and artist. Her involvement in the burgeoning women’s liberation movement of the era would find her writing songs with … → read more

Judy Kass’ “Beyond the Ash and Steel”

Judy Kass

On the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorists attacks, my guest on WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS was singer-songwriter Judy Kass who shared songs from her new CD Beyond the Ash and Steel. In 2001, Judy worked in the Employee Relations department for a firm on the 48th floor of the World Trade … → read more

Great “Mileage” from Toby Walker

Seventeen songs, two guitars, one voice and an engineer were all that was needed to create the stunning new CD Mileage. Of course, we can’t forget that the guitars, voice and concept for this recording belong to internationally acclaimed roots guitar wizard Toby Walker. Toby teamed up with Grammy award … → read more

Elisa Peimer Looks at Life From “Inside the Glass”

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for June 5, 2016 Elisa Peimer is not your typical singer/songwriter/folk artist. Many of her songs are played on the keyboard, not your standard issue folk instrument. Her background started at a young age with an interest in show tunes. As an adult, her early recordings … → read more

Square Peg Makes a Perfect Fit

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 15, 2016 Honesty and challenge are two factors that Marci Geller used to her advantage to create a masterpiece of a CD with her latest release Square Peg. A songwriter whose profile has been rising in recent years, Marci writes catchy tunes, heartfelt lyrics … → read more

Serving Up “Mud & Apples”

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for May 8, 2016 Just a few days before this week’s broadcast, I received the PERFECT CD for my Mother’s Day program. Actually, it is the perfect CD for any day of the year. Lucy Wainwright Roche and her mother Suzzy Roche have just released Mud … → read more

Fired Up with The Evie Ladin Band

The Evie Ladin Band

& WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for April 24, 2016 One of the finest CD’s that I have received in recent months is Jump the Fire from the Evie Ladin Band.  This new recording, the trio’s third release, captures the energy and creativity the band exhibits in their stage performance. The CD … → read more

Joe Giacoio Loves Hamburgers

I Love Hamburgers

Singer-songwriter Joe Giacoio joined me in the studio for a segment of WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS this past Sunday. The Bronx-born and current New Jersey resident visited me to share songs from his new CD I Love Hamburgers. This new recording is a charming blend of original songs that will brighten a … → read more