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

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 price, my dear, is you.

  In the last post on Led Zeppelin’s “Gallows Pole,” we looked at how a centuries-old English tale about a fair maiden who loses a golden ball evolved into two different stories – one with a fairy tale ending in which the maiden is rescued by a prince and one with … → read more


A memorial service to honor Odetta has been set for Tuesday February 24th: “ODETTA MEMORIAL CELEBRATION“7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 24th Riverside Church490 Riverside DriveNew York, NY 10027Tel: 212-870-6700 Located in a two square block area between Riverside Drive and Claremont Avenue and between 120th and 122nd Streets. Closest trains are … → read more


The following note was sent by Doug Yeager, who represents folk music legend Odetta: Dear Friends of Odetta, On behalf of Odetta’s adopted daughter Michelle Esrick and her niece Jan Ford (in California), I would like to share with you – Odetta’s large extended family of brothers and sisters – … → read more