Podcast: Arhoolie Records
Episode #16-23 | airing 6-08-16

The wonderful American Roots label Arhoolie was recently acquired by Smithsonian. This will ensure that all the priceless recordings made by founder Chris Strachwitz will be available for many years to come. We’ll hear classic music from Lydia Mendoza, Don Santiago Jiminez, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Amede Ardoin, Beausoleil, Del … → read more

I ain’t gonna be treated this way… “Rain and Snow,” Part 2

As we found out in the introductory post this week, “Cold Rain and Snow”, which most folks know as a staple in the Grateful Dead’s repertoire, is an American ballad written by an unknown author after a man murdered his wife in Madison County, North Carolina a decade or two … → read more

Down to Knoxville?

Red Molly and Tenbrooks So, how does a late 20th century English-style ballad about death and motorcycles become the 2002 International Bluegrass Music Association Song of the Year?  This is how.  Dick Bowden, a friend of Del McCoury and his son. Ronnie McCoury, came across the song on a radio … → read more