Podcast: Kids Stuff!
Episode #17-19 | airing 5-10-17

School is almost over and Summer vacation season is upon us. This week we’ll offer up some great music and stories for young people. We’ll hear Elizabeth Mitchell, Ella Jenkins, Bill Harley, Greg Brown, Dave Fry and others. So gather up the kids and sit down around the old radio … → read more

Podcast: Black History in Words and Music, pt 2
Episode #16-08 | airing 2-24-16

This week we’ll conclude our two part feature celebrating Black History Month. Last week we heard some classic music from the early days of sound recording plus a set of tunes from the Civil Rights Movement. This week our program takes a sharp turn as we listen to more music … → read more

VARIOUS ARTISTS: We Are The Music Makers!

        VARIOUS ARTISTS We Are The Music Makers!: Preserving      the Soul of America’s Music Music Maker Relief Foundation www.musicmaker.org   Founded in 1984, the North Carolina-based Music Maker Relief Foundation – led by Tim and Denise Duffy – is utterly pragmatic in its goals: preserving traditional southern … → 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

Frankie and Albert

The Frankie and Johnny mural in the House Lounge at the Missouri State Capitol “Frankie and Johnny” or “Frankie and Albert” is the most popular and commercially successful murder ballad.  I can’t think of a song that really comes remotely close.  “Frankie,” “Frankie and Albert,” “Frankie and Johnny,” and a … → read more