Podcast: Folk City, Part 2
Episode #16-40 | airing 10-05-16

Joan Baez and Bob Dylan at the March on Washington 1963 (Public Domain, National Archives)

This week we conclude our New York City folk music revival excursion. This week we take a look at the city after the arrival of Bob Dylan. LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1640_podcast.mp3 To subscribe via iTunes, click .  |   To listen using Stitcher, click . Artist / “Title” / CD / Label Pete … → read more

Podcast: Folk City, Part 1
Episode #16-39 | airing 9-28-16

This week and next we focus on the center of the folk revival in the 1950’s and 60’s New York City. The program is based on the wonderful new book by Stephen Petrus and Ronald D. Cohen entitled Folk City-New York and the American Folk Music Revival. We’ll hear some … → read more

Podcast: Woody Guthrie, pt. 2
Episode #16-21 | airing 5-25-16

Woody Guthrie gave us so many wonderful songs and this week we conclude our two part feature focusing some more of these classic songs. We’ll hear some of Woody’s recordings for Alan Lomax at the Library of Congress, selections from several Woody tribute concerts, and artists singing his songs. We’ll … → read more

Podcast: Woody Guthrie, pt. 1
Episode #16-20 | airing 5-18-16

Except perhaps for Bob Dylan no one individual has influenced more folk music performers than Woody Guthrie. And it can be argued that there would be no Bob Dylan had it not been for Woody. The next two weeks we’ll listen to Woody’s music from a variety of sources. Including … → read more

Folkfinds: John Walkenbach & Friends’ “Opera Reel”

We didn’t realize it when we picked this week’s tune, but old-time instrumentalist John Walkenbach has been tangentially featured in Folkfinds previously; he is among the old-time mentors Mexican banjo picker Juan Cordero found in the Tucson Old-Time Music Circle. ‘Opera Reel,’ our favorite from his Soundcloud page, does present … → read more

Folkfinds: Richie Rosencrans’ “The Longford Weaver > Carrousel Prime (Dreamer’s Circus)”

Portland Oregon’s Richie Rosencrans gigs around town on bouzouki with his mostly-Celtic bands The Stomptowners, Na Rosai and Outbound Traveler. He uses his personal Soundcloud page to post what he calls rough demos and ideas; many tunes feature his deft clawhammer banjo or other instruments, and we’re the luckier for … → read more

Stephen Petrus and Ronald D. Cohen: FOLK CITY: NEW YORK and THE AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC REVIVAL

                  Stephen Petrus and Ronald D. Cohen FOLK CITY: NEW YORK and THE AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC REVIVAL Oxford University Press global.oup.com   Straightforward and engaging, breezily fresh and poignant, rich in reminiscences and primary as well as secondary sources, Folk City: New … → read more

Bruce Springsteen’s “Highway Patrolman”: A Ballad as Prayer

The Early Years I played Bruce Springsteen’s album Nebraska over and over when I was in high school. It’s a dark, meditative album full of rage and sadness, which soothed me. I was sixteen, and had just moved to a new town. I was miserable. Long-distance phone calls were rare … → read more

TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: Portrait of an American Singer

Tennessee Ernie Ford Portrait of An American Singer

          TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD Portrait of an American Singer Bear Family 17332 www.bear-family.com   Have you ever felt like – to paraphrase “Sixteen Tons” – you owed your soul to the company store? October 17th marks the 60th anniversary of the release of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s … → read more

JOHN FLYNN: Poor Man’s Diamonds

JohnFlynn: PoorMansDiamonds

          John Flynn Poor Man’s Diamonds www.johnflynn.net 009 www.johnflynn.net   The prolific John Flynn checks in with a new release that is a truly beautiful album. His bright spirits and the excellence of his song craft buoy the project. John’s good friend Harvey (John Harvey, Philadelphia-based … → read more