SIMON and GARFUNKEL: The Complete Albums Collection

Simon and Garfunkel Complete Albums

          SIMON and GARFUNKEL The Complete Albums Collection Legacy www.legacyrecordings.com   Folk rockers Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, both born in 1941, grew up three blocks from each other in the Forest Hills suburb of Queens, New York. By the mid-’60s, along with the likes of … → read more

Podcast: The Midwest, Part 2
Episode #15-29 | airing 7-15-15

John Prine

This week we conclude our Summer travels through the Midwest on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine-Midwestern Routes Pt. 2. These programs are dedicated to the master folksinger Art Thieme who passed on May 26. We’ll hear some of the best known songwriters and lesser known traditional players including some Polka! … → read more

Folkfinds: Johnny Minstrel’s “I Walked The Old Trade Route”

Johnny Minstrel

South African Pravinand Maharaj, aka Johnny Minstrel, is a pillar of the Soundcloud folk community, writing great songs and recording several of them in collaboration with other artists he meets there. As his name might suggest, his songs can have a bit of a hobo mystique, but he also blends … → read more

DAVE VAN RONK: Live In Monterey | Hear Me Howl

             DAVE VAN RONK Live In Monterey Omnivore 83 www.omnivorerecordings.com             DAVE VAN RONK Hear Me Howl Rock Beat 3284 On Amazon   The charismatic “Mayor of MacDougal Street,” otherwise known as the avuncular, musical genre-spanning genius Dave Van Ronk, … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-18: Nashville Cats
(airing the week starting 4-29-15)

Dylan in Nashville

In 1966 Bob Dylan was struggling with the recording of his next album. He was having little success recording in New York City. His producer Bob Johnston suggested they move the sessions to the CBS studios in Nashville. Bob took his advice and he, Al Kooper and Robbie Robertson moved … → read more

Sam Charters Passes

American music historian, author and musician Samuel Charters passed away on March 18th. Known for his field recordings of influential blues musicians, many of the works Charters uncovered went on to inspire and shape much of today’s musical landscape. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1929, Charters developed a connection with … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-10: Finger Pointin’ Songs, pt. 2
(airing the week starting 3-04-15)

This week we conclude our two part feature focusing on Topical Songs. We’ll hear songs about Human Rights, The Environment, The Never Ending War and Politics with a Comical View. Songs written or performed by The Freedom Singers, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon and Phil Ochs you may be surprised at … → read more

BANG BANG: POP! goes the murder ballad

Prelude: Battle for the Charts, Battle of the Sexes In 1966, Cher released “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),” her biggest solo hit of the 1960s and her first to make the top ten on Billboard’s Hot 100 – the song stayed at the #2 spot for a week. … → read more

IAN ZACK: Say No To The Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Reverend Gary Davis

Say No To The Devil

          IAN ZACK Say No To The Devil: The Live and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis University of Chicago Press www.press.uchicago.edu   When someone like Bob Dylan says he’s “One of the wizards of modern music,” pay attention. And if you’re a blues aficionado, you … → read more

BOB DYLAN: Shadows In The Night

          Bob Dylan Shadows In The Night Columbia 88875057962 www.columbiarecords.com   I once asked the late Mimi Baez Farińa what Bob Dylan is like as a person. She replied that she didn’t know because she hadn’t seen him in awhile and he changes all the time. … → read more