While the Whole World Sings

“Like there’s nothing going wrong” I first heard Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “The Body Electric” through a National Public Radio article by Ann Powers last month: “The Political Folk Song of the Year.”  I appear to be rather late to the game on this song. If you’ve spent any … → read more

Mining a Mystery–Poor Ellen Smith, pt. 2

Aoife O’Donovan This is the second in a series of posts on “Poor Ellen Smith.” Read the first one here. Our posts here at Murder Ballad Monday are just a few small additions to the numerous reviews, ruminations on, and histories of “Poor Ellen Smith.” In all of the sources … → read more

Little Sadie – Old Time, Bluegrass, and Beyond

Clarence "Tom" Ashley - ca. early 1960's

Note: This is Part 3 of a three part series on “Little Sadie” – See also Part 1 and Part 2 Introduction I went out one night for to make a little round I met Little Sadie and I shot her down Went back home, got into bed Forty-four smokeless … → read more

CROOKED STILL: Friends Of Fall

Crooked Still: Friends of Fall

      CROOKED STILL Friends Of Fall Signature Sounds 2043 www.signaturesounds.com www.crookedstill.com   I have always admired Crooked Still for their fearlessness and imagination. They have maintained a very high degree of quality, all the while pushing the envelope of possibilities for a new acoustic traditional based string band. … → read more

Two Sisters Redux – Part 2

detail from Twa Sisters – quilt by Dan Willig So, as I introduced in my first post this week, I’m trying to add some depth and variety to my first series of entries from six months ago on the ballad known as Child 10, “Two Sisters”, “Wind and Rain”, etc.  You can find … → read more