No Harmony, No Foul

Not to sound Santa-monious, but last Christmas Eve, I could swear I heard banjo music coming from the parlor. A few nifty fiddle tunes, the “Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase,” and a hearty rendition of “Jingle Bells.” See, along with cookies and milk, I had left my banjo leaning against the … → read more

Unsung Hero – Simple Gifts

Roger with Clifford "Doc" Williams in 1973

This story is about two old, dear friends. One friend was animated with a touch of fuss and feathers, and so much talent. The other, a tad more wooden; comprised of mother of pearl and abalone inlay, some nickel silver and brass. Both were, exceptional, one-of-a-kind, and somewhat quirky. Taken … → read more

The Old Texas Misstep

Introduction The folks at Frets magazine taught me a valuable lesson back in the 1980s; they taught me that writing can be a dangerous vocation. This is particularly the case in the Lone Star State where I learned that carrying a concealed writing implement might not be unlawful, but could … → read more

Silent Tribute

As if there wasn’t enough on my mind, the big show drew nigh. I arrived at the festival’s motel hospitality suite that August of 1989, dropped off my instruments and went to my car for a backpack. Within minutes, Philadelphia Folk Festival booking committee members Fred Kaiser and Andrew Braunfeld, … → read more

Unfinished Business

The weekend prior to Pete Seeger’s passing at the age of 94, an ironic, and in retrospect, provocative call came from Oscar Brand. This before I had any knowledge of Pete’s illness. “Hello Roger, this is Oscar. I’m calling to remind you, I want you to come over and record … → read more

Two New Blogs Added to Sing Out!

We’re pleased to announce some great additions to the Sing Out! “online content” family! We’ve been exploring ways to build more traffic and activity on our site, adding useful archival material (like the only Broadsides and People’s Songs collections that have already been added to our pages) … and today … → read more