Time, Truth, and Tempest: A Titanic Playlist, Part 2

Screencap from 'A Night to Remember' (1958)

In our first post on Titanic songs, we listened to songs that emerged in the years soon after the disaster. They reflected on the events of the tragedy itself, and the lessons we might draw from it. Moving closer to the present, the details of the Titanic‘s story become less pertinent than … → read more

Podcast: Spend a Week With Woody
Episode #17-22 | airing 5-31-17

Woody Guthrie

In the past few years there has been a resurgence in interest in the music of Woody Guthrie. The political times we live in and the growing chasm between rich and poor in the US makes Woody’s music as relevant as ever. Additionally with Nora Guthrie, Woody’s daughter, encouraging current … → read more

Life, and Life Only: “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”

Bob Dylan (source: uncredited Facebook photo from official Bob Dylan page)

“When he was on, no one could auto-desecrate better. ‘He who is not busy being born is busy dying,’ he famously intoned in “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),” and way before the aphorism became worthy of inclusion in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, he knew that inspiration was episodic, that it … → read more

Podcast: Folk City, Part 2
Episode #16-40 | airing 10-05-16

Joan Baez and Bob Dylan at the March on Washington 1963 (Public Domain, National Archives)

This week we conclude our New York City folk music revival excursion. This week we take a look at the city after the arrival of Bob Dylan. LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1640_podcast.mp3 To subscribe via iTunes, click .  |   To listen using Stitcher, click . Artist / “Title” / CD / Label Pete … → read more

Podcast: Dylan at 75
Episode #16-24 | airing 6-15-16

Bob Dylan celebrated his 75th birthday on May 24th. This week’s program celebrates Bob and features some great covers of his tunes and some rare recordings of Bob as artist and sideman. We’ll hear classic songs from Ian & Sylvia, John Martyn, Johnny Cash, Fairport Convention, the Byrds, The Carolina … → read more

Podcast: Woody Guthrie, pt. 2
Episode #16-21 | airing 5-25-16

Woody Guthrie gave us so many wonderful songs and this week we conclude our two part feature focusing some more of these classic songs. We’ll hear some of Woody’s recordings for Alan Lomax at the Library of Congress, selections from several Woody tribute concerts, and artists singing his songs. We’ll … → read more

Podcast: Paradise
Episode #16-18 | airing 5-04-16

This week we begin a two part feature focusing on train songs. Included are new and classic songs from a wide variety of performers including Hank Snow, Tom Rush, The Stairwell Sisters and many more. Train songs the next two weeks on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine. LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1618_podcast.mp3 To … → read more

Podcast: Paradise
Episode #16-17 | airing 4-27-16

Sometimes the theme for a program comes right out of the headlines. The Peabody Energy Company has filed for bankruptcy. If you recall John Prine’s classic song Paradise refers to “Mr. Peabody’s coal train…”. This week we’ll hear some classic coal mining songs contemporary and classic. LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1617_podcast.mp3 To subscribe … → read more

Stephen Petrus and Ronald D. Cohen: FOLK CITY: NEW YORK and THE AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC REVIVAL

                  Stephen Petrus and Ronald D. Cohen FOLK CITY: NEW YORK and THE AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC REVIVAL Oxford University Press global.oup.com   Straightforward and engaging, breezily fresh and poignant, rich in reminiscences and primary as well as secondary sources, Folk City: New … → read more

Podcast: Izzy Young and the Folklore Center
Episode #15-45 | airing 11-04-15

Israel Young founded the Folklore Center on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village in 1957. The timing was perfect for an establishment that was as much a clubhouse as a store. Izzy Young: Talking Folklore Center is a documentary from Sweden made in 1989 recently issued on DVD following him as … → read more