Traditional Music Archive

Friday Video: Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Project

This week’s Friday Video highlights the work of Highlander Research and Education Center’s Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Project. This program brings together cultural organizers from around the south to learn from other grassroots organizations and develop strategies for their home communities. Drawing from local cultures, participants gain skills to help them better advocate for community
Category: Arkansas

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: “There Is Power In a Union” by Billy Bragg

Today’s Monday Music post comes from regular Boiled Down Juice author, Nic Hartmann, who discusses how Bragg’s music draws from past generations to remind us of the work still left to be done.  Want to contribute to our Monday Music series and tell your story about a song or artist? Click here to contact us. 
Category: Artistic Expression

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

Testimonials for Ancestors and the Sustainable Work of the Raíces Cultural Center

The Raíces Cultural Center, located in central New Jersey, is dedicated to the preservation of the full spectrum of caribbean cultural arts including music, dance, art, and the spoken word. The word raíces means roots, and the center operates from a core belief that cultural arts are a central part of the human experience and should
Category: Intergenerational

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