Full Moon, Dark Heart: Eddie Noack’s “Psycho”

noack psycho

I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times. — Robert Bloch, Psycho (1959) Just out of sight In the summer of 1968, a peculiar country and western song came and went to little fanfare on a small Nashville record label. Sung by a fading honky-tonker who … → read more

Legend and Outlaw: Jesse James and the Ballad Tradition

Legends Among a few adults who spooked me when I was a girl (my school bus driver, who kept a bottle in a brown bag beneath his seat; a guy at the car wash who sometimes shut the system down when we were in the middle of a soap cycle), … → read more

“Streets of Laredo” (Unfortunate Rake, Part Three)

Cowboys shooting craps (Detroit Publishing Company Postcards; NY Public Library Digital Collection)

This is the third in a short series of posts on “The Unfortunate Rake.” Read the previous posts here and here. “So brave, young, and handsome” “When I got back to Wichita, I met one Zach Potter, a man with whom I had had some difficulty. He was on his … → 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

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

Folkfinds: Helber Sisters’ “Where The Old Red River Flows”

Helber Sisters

If you’ve been reading Sing Out!’s Facebook page or website, you know we continue to emphasize our historic focus of bringing people together through song. This week’s folkfinds pick nods to Community Sings with a pick from The Helber Sisters. Family is the original community, and Vicki and Alice Helber … → read more

VARIOUS: Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited

  Various Artists Look Again To The Wind Sony Masterworks 06067 www.sonymasterworks.com       Forthcoming film: We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio Johnny Cash was “a holy terror … a dark and dangerous force of nature that also stood for mercy and justice … → read more

ROSANNE CASH: The River and The Thread

          ROSANNE CASH The River and The Thread Blue Note www.rosannecash.com   Ever since her 1990 album Interiors, which marked the move from Nashville to New York City after divorcing Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash’s songs have become an odyssey for personal discovery. That these songs resonate … → read more

Delia’s Gone – A Digital Compendium, 1993 – Present

Note: This is Part 2 of a two part series on “Delia’s Gone” –  See also Part 1 Introduction Today’s post isn’t about Johnny Cash’s song “The Beast in Me“, but it is all about restraint, and lack thereof.  After all, when a man sings about tying a woman to … → read more