SORM Playlist #15-20: The Alan Lomax Legacy
(airing the week starting 5-13-15)

Alan Lomax would have turned 100 this past January. On the next two editions of The Sing Out! Radio Magazine we look back on his career of folk song collecting and recording. This week we’ll hear some of earliest recordings made for the Library of Congress with his father John … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-09: Finger Pointin’ Songs
(airing the week starting 2-25-15)

Topical songs have been a major component of American folk music for many years. This week we’ll hear some of the classic songs about warfare, railroads, coal mining and unions. Music from The Almanac Singers, Big Bill Broonzy, Guy Carawan, Paul Robeson and many more. LISTEN: https://singout.org/audio/sorm/sorm1509_podcast.mp3 To subscribe via … → read more

SORM Playlist #15-08: Legacy of Leadbelly
(airing the week starting 2-18-15)

Smithsonian Folkways is releasing a massive 5CD collection of the music of Leadbelly on February 24th. On this week’s edition we will listen to some of the songs on that great collection. We’ll also hear some classic renditions of Leadbelly songs by a variety of folk musicians past and present. … → read more

VARIOUS ARTISTS: Songs of the Spanish Civil War

          VARIOUS ARTISTS Songs of the Civil War Smithsonian/Folkways www.folkways.si.edu   The Spanish Civil War, often referred to as the “dress rehearsal” for World War II, was waged between 1936 and 1939 and ended in victory for fascism in the person of General Francisco Franco – … → read more

Little Sadie – Old Time, Bluegrass, and Beyond

Clarence "Tom" Ashley - ca. early 1960's

Note: This is Part 3 of a three part series on “Little Sadie” – See also Part 1 and Part 2 Introduction I went out one night for to make a little round I met Little Sadie and I shot her down Went back home, got into bed Forty-four smokeless … → read more

WOODY GUTHRIE: American Radical Patriot

          WOODY GUTHRIE American Radical Patriot Rounder www.rounder.com   Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie, probably the most prominent single figure in American folk music, was born on Bastille Day, 1912, and before his early death in 1967 managed to amass a legacy of over a thousand songs … → read more

Pat’s Essential Eleven Non-Traditional Murder Ballads

Introduction A few weeks back I assembled a list of my ‘essential eleven’ traditional murder ballads.  While we here at Murder Ballad Monday usually delve deeply into one ballad or theme, we saw some possible value in a lighter ‘list-based’ approach from time to time.  Judging from reader response to … → read more

Woody Guthrie House To Be Rebuilt

What once stood as a two-story, six-room house that belonged to Woody Guthrie is now just a mass of overgrown weeds and a sandstone foundation. However, this abandoned lot will not remain vacant for much longer. On Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm, a benefit concert is being held … → read more

VARIOUS: Woody Guthrie @ 100! Live At The Kennedy Center

        VARIOUS Woody Guthrie @ 100! Live At the Kennedy Center Legacy Recordings www.legacyrecordings.com   Regardless of Eleanor Roosevelt’s attention to leftist music, Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (1912-67) might have been surprised to find Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center honoring the centennial of his birth last year. Here it … → read more