Podcast: Dulcimer Masters
Episode #17-42 | airing 10-18-17

Jean Ritchie

This week we examine the dulcimer. The word dulcimer is derived from the Latin with the word dulce meaning sweet and melos meaning song. In folk circles today we think of the mountain dulcimer which is thought to be from Germany and France and the Hammered Dulcimer which was developed … → read more

Podcast: Proper Place and Time
Episode #16-05 | airing 2-03-16

All my life I have been fascinated how music fits into daily life. This week on the SORM we’ll examine four recent projects which place roots music into perspective. We’ll hear music released to accompany Peter Guralnick’s fascinating new book “Sam Phillips-The Man who invented Rock “n” Roll, Mississippi fiddle … → read more

Podcast: Harmonica Greats
Episode #16-02 | airing 1-12-16

This week we’ll turn our attention to the Harmonica and some of its finest players. We’ll hear classic masters like Little Walter and James Cotton, innovators like Mickey Raphael Charlie McCoy and John Mayall and new a new recording from Charlie Musselwhite and a fine new collection featuring Blues Harp … → read more

Podcast: To Those We’ve Lost
Episode #16-01 | airing 1-06-16

Photo by Jean-Luc Ourlin-1977

At the beginning of each year it’s important to reflect on the musicians who have passed and their significance to the music. When I glance at all the year end lists I’m always surprised at whom I’ve forgotten or missed. This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we’ll note … → read more

Podcast: Send the Band Home early
Episode #15-37 | airing 9-09-15

Sheila Kay Adams

The purity of the unaccompanied human voice is one of the most beautiful sounds. Songs sung without accompaniment or a capella have a long history in folk music. You don’t need an instrument to make beautiful music whether you’re working on the farm, marching to battle or just passing time … → read more

Dan Dutton, Part 2 – “Ballads of the Barefoot Mind”

  A few weeks ago, artist, musician, composer, and all-around creative Kentuckian Dan Dutton was kind enough to speak with me in depth about his early years as student of the ballad tradition. He also related his experiences learning ballads and more from his ‘old-time’ mentors like Jean Ritchie, Chappel Wallin, and … → read more

Dan Schatz Shares “The Promise of the Sowing”

Preview of a new CD from Dan Schatz and WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Playlist for August 23, 2015 There are numerous songs that address the frailty of our environment. Numerous collections have gathered songs that point out the human impact upon our planet. Songs that address topics such as global warming, fracking, … → read more

Dan Dutton, Part 1 – “The Sweet Music of the Chase”

Somerset is in the Knobs of Kentucky, and if you live among those hills you know that the red clay you can find thereabouts is perfect for spurring a child’s imagination.  One of Somerset’s native sons, who grew up making things from that earth, is artist and musician Dan Dutton. … → read more

The Farmer’s Curst Wife / Little Devils

I recently paid a visit to Chicago for the birthday of my good friend Ken, also the father and co-founder of this blog.  After a party-hating thunderstorm drove Ken, his family, and me with near full coolers from a free concert in Millenium Park, we loaded the car and and set off for home. … → read more