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

Podcast: Fleet Fingers Pt. 1 The Blues
Episode #17-01 | airing 1-04-17

We begin a multiweek feature all about fingerstyle guitar. This week we focus on some of the finest blues players. We’ll hear classic tunes fro Elizabeth Cotten, Charlie Patton, Blind Willie Johnson and many more. We’ll also present contemporary players who took their inspiration from these masters from the past … → read more

Angels laid him away – “Louis Collins” and a folk bloodbath

“Mrs. Collins weep, Mrs. Collins moan …” Aficionados might argue the point, but it’s reasonable to claim that “Louis Collins” is one of Mississippi John Hurt’s best original songs.  It is easier still to call it the best of all the murder and bad man ballads in his repertoire.  One can also … → read more

Podcast: Izzy Young and the Folklore Center
Episode #15-45 | airing 11-04-15

Israel Young founded the Folklore Center on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village in 1957. The timing was perfect for an establishment that was as much a clubhouse as a store. Izzy Young: Talking Folklore Center is a documentary from Sweden made in 1989 recently issued on DVD following him as … → read more

Pat’s Essential Eleven Non-Traditional Murder Ballads

Introduction A few weeks back I assembled a list of my ‘essential eleven’ traditional murder ballads.  While we here at Murder Ballad Monday usually delve deeply into one ballad or theme, we saw some possible value in a lighter ‘list-based’ approach from time to time.  Judging from reader response to … → read more

Stagolee: A Digital Compendium – “They give him the road…” The 1920’s

This is Chapter 4 of Stagolee: A Digital Compendium.   See also Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, and Chapter 5 Introduction Our online compendium celebrating the great American folk song and tale “Stagolee” has grown now and, though I’m not tired of the music, I’m ready to move on to … → read more

Stagolee – A Digital Compendium: The Classics

This is Chapter 1 of Stagolee: A Digital Compendium.  See also Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, and Chapter 5 Introduction He was a bad man – Stagolee. Folks have been singing, talking, writing, laughing, cussing, and crying about him since 1895, when he shot his friend Billy and grabbed back his Stetson … → read more