Traditional Music Archive

Community Singings and Square Dances: Muzzled Oxen Part 3

If you’ve been reading this column lately you’re familiar with our regular features on the recently published book, Muzzled Oxen: Reaping Cotton and Sowing Hope in 1920s Arkansas. Published by Butler Center Books, a branch of the Central Arkansas Library system, this three hundred fifty page memoir documents the stories of Genevieve Grant Sadler, a
Category: African American History

Pete Seeger 1919-2014

Our site crashed recently and we’re finally getting around to posting recent material. This Seed and the Story column originally ran in late January.  Folk singer and activist Pete Seeger passed away on January 27th at the age of 94. He is known today for his pivotal role in the folk music revival of the
Category: Community Action

Monday Music: Accordion Kings and Queens LIVE!

Texas Folklife recently released Accordion Kings and Queens LIVE!, an energetic mixture of sounds both traditional and innovative. Recorded live at the annual Kings and Queens of Accordion showcase, this cd features a wide array of musical styles and showcases the talents of multiple Texas tradition bearers. Producer Sarah Rucker took the time to answer a few
Category: Connection to Land/Place

Monday Music: Bardic Divas: Women’s Voices in Central Asia

Today’s Monday Music post comes from a 2007 Smithsonian Folkways release entitled “Music of Central Asia Vol. 4: Bardic Divas: Women’s Voices in Central Asia.” Focusing on diverse styles of women’s music throughout central Asia, the series is part of a 10 cd set and is a co-production of the Aga Khan Music Initiative in
Category: Connection to Land/Place

Monday Music: Cedric Burnside (and the Roots Music Festival at “Cultivating the Delta”).

Arkansas State University’s annual Delta Symposium will begin this Wednesday in Jonesboro. This year’s theme is “Cultivating the Delta,” and will bring together a variety of scholars, community workers, and students to explore concepts of place, sustainability, history, community, artistic expression, and community action. For the next few days we’ll be highlighting some of the
Category: Arkansas

Monday Music: “John Henry” played by Lesley Riddle

Week before last we posted about the book The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song,  a graphic novel tracing the history of the Carter family and their influence on American music.  One of the key figures in the lives of the Carter and represented in the book is guitar player Lesley Riddle, an African American folk musician
Category: African American

Don’t Forget This Song: A History of the Carter Family in Graphic Novel Form

This past Christmas a dear friend gave me a copy of the 2012 publication, The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song, a graphic novel tracing the history of first family of County music. Known for songs such as “Wildwood Flower,” “Can the Circle Be Unbroken,” “Hello Stranger,” and “Keep on the Sunnyside,” the Carter Family
Category: Music

Monday Music: Sam Amidon “Climbing High Mountains.”

It’s been a while since we’ve done a Monday Music post. Sorry about that! We’ll have them back up and running now. It’s cloudy today in Arkansas, and this song from Sam Amidon seems perfect for this late afternoon.  It’s track 9 off his recently released fourth album, I See the Sign. Amidon is known
Category: Monday Music

Monday Music: Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens “What Have You Done, My Brother?”

Today’s Monday Music comes from the amazing Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens. Growing up singing in churches in Alabama, Shelton went on to sing in many soul clubs in New York before forming the current group with piano player and creative director Cliff Davis. The 2009 release What Have You Done, My Brother? on Daptone
Category: African American

Monday Music: “Leaving Eden” by the Carolina Chocolate Drops

The grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops‘ recent album Leaving Eden has been hailed as the one of the best and most important roots albums of the year. It’s their fourth album, and like their previous recordings, draws on the African American string band tradition while mixing in modern vocal styles, rhythms, and nuance. Today’s Monday Music features one
Category: Monday Music