“When that great ship went down”: A Titanic Playlist, Part 1

“The way the band kept playing was a noble thing. I heard them first while still we were working wireless, when there was a ragtime tune for us, and the last I saw of the band, when I was floating out in the sea with my lifebelt on, they were … → read more

Podcast: Black History Month, More Than The Blues
Episode #17-08 | airing 2-22-17

This week on the Sing Out! Radio Magazine we’ll hear a bit about the establishment on Black History Month and listen to some archival music. We’ll hear tunes from Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and WC Handy and songs from Jim Jackson, Bessie Smith, Henry Thomas and others. LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1708_podcast.mp3 … → read more

TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Portrait of an American Singer

Tennessee Ernie Ford Portrait of An American Singer

          TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD Portrait of an American Singer Bear Family 17332 www.bear-family.com   Have you ever felt like – to paraphrase “Sixteen Tons” – you owed your soul to the company store? October 17th marks the 60th anniversary of the release of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-20: The Alan Lomax Legacy
(airing the week starting 5-13-15)

Alan Lomax would have turned 100 this past January. On the next two editions of The Sing Out! Radio Magazine we look back on his career of folk song collecting and recording. This week we’ll hear some of earliest recordings made for the Library of Congress with his father John … → read more

In the Pines: A Guide

On this blog, we often play detective. In fact, that’s pretty much all we do, and this post is no different, but I’m going to start by turning the tables. What, if anything, do you make of these fragments?: A woman being questioned. Pine trees. A long train. A decapitated … → read more

The Legend of Lead Belly Continues to Grow

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS  Playlist for February 15, 2015 Huddie Ledbetter, best known to the world as Lead Belly, passed away in December 1949, a few short months before the Weavers recording of  his “Goodnight Irene” entered the Billboard best seller chart. The song remained there for 25 weeks and reached #1 … → read more

Murder Ballad Comedy, Part Three: “Fertile Liza”

Introduction Ken started us last week on a new, short, and lighter path for a few posts – murder ballad comedy.  We learned the obvious from John Cleese – that indeed, dark humor can be good humor, and really has an advantage in being such.  The uncomfortable nature of the … → read more

Twinkle, twinkle, little star…

Notation of "Duncan and Brady" from Lomax and Lomax, Our Singing Country.

This is the second part of a three part series.  See also Part 1 and Part 3. Introduction In my first post this week, I introduced the bad man ballad “Duncan and Brady” and explored the historical origin of the song.  We saw, based on extensive scholarship, that the murder of patrolman James … → read more

HENRIETTA YURCHENCO passes away at the age of 90

Henrietta Yurchenco Henrietta Yurchenco, one of the pioneers of the folk music community, passed away on December 9th at the age of 90. In a career that spanned over 70 years, she became a world reknowned ethnomusicologist, author, producer, radio broadcaster and a colleague of such diverse individuals as Alan … → read more