Podcast: Fleet Fingers Pt. 2 The Americans
Episode #17-02 | airing 1-11-17

This week we continue our feature Fleet Fingers and examine American Fingerstyle Guitarists. American players take their influence from the Blues players but put the emphasis on softening the melodic quality of their playing while still using many of the components of the Blues. We’ll hear Merle Travis, John Fahey, … → read more

Podcast: Pioneering Women, part 1
Episode #16-37 | airing 9-14-16

Through the years female singers and songwriters have offered their unique perspective on the music and the times. In this first program we’ll hear classics from Sara and Maybelle Carter, Jean Ritchie, Odetta, Judy Collins and many more. LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1637_podcast.mp3 To subscribe via iTunes, click .  |   To listen using … → read more

Podcast: Jazz Folk
Episode #16-04 | airing 1-27-16

On our last program we listened to jazz players and composers who have used folk music as the foundation for their own music. This week we turn the tables and listen to some folk music performers who play music from the jazz idiom. Included will be Claudia Schmidt, Billy Novick … → 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

SORM Playlist #15-14: Tie Dyed Folk, Part 1
(airing the week starting 4-01-15)

Pops Orchestra play Simon and Garfunkel

Around 1967 the recordings in the folk music sections of record stores began to have quite a different appearance. Influenced by the psychedelic movement on the West Coast new artists began to appear. Tim Buckley, Joni Mitchell and established artists like Simon & Garfunkel began to change the musical palate. … → read more

HEATHER MALONEY and DARLINGSIDE: Woodstock

          Heather Maloney and Darlingside Woodstock Signature Sounds 2063 www.signaturesounds.com   Things went “viral” long before anyone thought of the Internet. A hoofer breaks her leg and the understudy dances to fame and glory; an attractive woman is photographed in a World War II factory and … → read more

Jon Langford interview, Part Two

Jon Langford (Photo by Barry Phipps, courtesy the artist and Bloodshot Records) Today we continue our conversation with transplanted Chicagoan and jack-of-all-trades (music, art, comic interludes, storytelling) Jon Langford. You can read Part One here; Part Three appears Friday. Today we find out why Langford wanted to record an album … → read more

The slayer who ran looked a lot like me

In this interview mentioned in the last post, Nick Cave explained how his musical inclinations were forever changed when – as young boy in a small town in Australia – he started watching the Johnny Cash Show. The first episode of the show aired on June 17, 1969 (Cave would have been about twelve) … → read more