Dear [Murder] Balladeer: John Jacob Niles and Forest Mountain Hymnal

We were honored to receive a shout-out recently from Dear Balladeer, a blog run by the folk duo Forest Mountain Hymnal. FMH is the family business of Jonathan and Rebecca Moody, two teachers and artists based in Nashville. The Dear Balladeer project is a year-long musical and literary exploration of The Ballad Book of … → read more

Two Sisters / Wind and Rain

“Girl by Stream” Charles Van Shaick ca. 1880 This week finds us in new waters – sibling rivalry. Ok, ok, I know.  One thing to love about murder ballads is that we can’t dismiss the violence with simple explanations or psychobabble.  These songs are just too good for that.  They … → read more