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American Songster Radio

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Dom Flemons presents new ways of listening to old music.
Dom Flemons: He’s A Lone Ranger - WUNC’s Songs We Love Podcast
Nov 9 • 8 min
Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we’re playing on our new music discovery station, WUNC Music . On this episode we’re featuring ‘He’s A Lone Ranger’ by Dom Flemons. It’s a song off of his latest…
Black Women in the West: American Songster Radio Season 2 Episode 1
Oct 26 • 12 min
The second season of Dom Flemon’s American Songster Radio podcast is released today, Friday, October 26. In this episode of American Songster Radio , Dom discusses the song “Black Woman” and revisits the lives of figures like Bridget “Biddy” Mason and…
Western Songsters and Cowboy Tradition: American Songster Radio Season 2 Episode 2
Oct 26 • 14 min
This is episode two from season two of American Songster Radio .
Lead Belly, “The Singing Cowboy”: American Songster Radio Season 2 Episode 3
Oct 26 • 13 min
This is episode three from season two of American Songster Radio .
Pullman Porters and the Road to Civil Rights: American Songster Radio Season 2 Episode 4
Oct 26 • 14 min
This is epsidoe four from season two of American Songster Radio .
The Real Lone Ranger: American Songster Radio Season 2 Episode 5
Oct 26 • 11 min
This is episode five from season two of American Songster Radio .
Sources Of A Classic Cowboy Song: American Songster Radio Season 2 Episode 6
Oct 26 • 12 min
This is the sixth and final episode from season two of American Songster Radio .
Introducing Black Cowboys: American Songster Radio S02 Episode 0
Oct 22 • 3 min
The cowboy is an icon of American culture. But the popular image of the white cowboy skews our perception of what kind of Americans did—and do—cowboying work. The American West after the Civil War was a dynamic and ethnically diverse place. As many as a…
The Bands That Shaped “‘Til The Seas Run Dry”: American Songster Radio Episode 17
Dec 14, 2017 • 10 min
When Dom Flemons set out to make his 2014 release Prospect Hill , he knew he wanted it to be an eclectic record. For variety, he assembled two different bands, each one a fantasy line up of top players.
What Else Does the Banjo Sound Like? American Songster Radio Episode 16
Nov 19, 2017 • 16 min
Young banjo players Jerron Paxton and Kaia Kater hail from places that are pretty far removed from the American South. But as they learned their instruments and connected with banjo mentors, they found old-time music well beyond its reputed home region.…
“Making Hot Chicken”: American Songster Radio Episode 15
Sep 18, 2017 • 10 min
When Dom Flemons visited a legendary fried chicken joint in Nashville, inspiration struck him like a wave of cayenne heat:
More Tunes And Tales From Vegas: American Songster Radio Episode 14
Aug 13, 2017 • 11 min
When Dom Flemons first came across the story of African American songster Gus Cannon, one fact took him by surprise. “[Gus Cannon] was a blackface performer, but he was a black man,” Flemons says, recalling his initial reaction. “How can this be? That you…
Dom Combines Fife And Drum Music With Early Hip Hop - American Songster Radio Podcast Episode 13
Jul 6, 2017 • 10 min
When Dom Flemons was in the studio making his album Prospect Hill , the engineer made a casual comment that pushed the material in an unexpected direction. “Maybe you should sell some of those beats to a hip-hop artist!” the engineer quipped.
Laurent Dubois: American Songster Radio Podcast Episode 12
May 15, 2017 • 18 min
In 2005, Laurent Dubois had an encounter that would spark his transformation from a historian with a banjo to a historian of the banjo. It was an unusual example of the instrument that began to deepen his curiosity—a Haitian artifact that had languished…
Jerron Paxton In Conversation And In Concert: American Songster Radio Episode 11
Apr 20, 2017 • 29 min
The young folk musician Jerron Paxton defies easy categorization. He grew up in a west coast metropolis, but his family and community adhered to customs from the rural south. And, like a number of people in Los Angeles with Louisiana roots, he inherited a…
Kaia Kater In Conversation And In Concert: American Songster Radio Podcast Episode 10
Mar 6, 2017 • 32 min
The birth of the Carolina Chocolate Drops at the 2005 Black Banjo Gathering at Appalachian State University has become the stuff of folk music legend. “Of course it was an academic event,” Dom Flemons notes of the conference, “but it was also based on the…
Cowboy Songs: American Songster Radio Podcast Episode 9
Feb 21, 2017 • 54 min
What makes a song a folk song, anyway? One familiar answer is that a folk song is a song without an author. Folk song scholars even have a name for the theory that some songs emerge without any one person composing them. They call it “communal creation.”
Martin Simpson: American Songster Radio Podcast Episode 8
Jan 9, 2017 • 23 min
On Episode 8 of American Songster Radio, host Dom Flemons speaks with his recent musical collaborator, the legendary English guitarist Martin Simpson. Dom Flemons and Martin Simpson have worked together since 2014, when the pair received a joint…
Jake Fussell: American Songster Podcast Radio Episode 7
Dec 6, 2016 • 21 min
Jake Fussell didn’t have to look far for musical inspiration in his home state of Georgia. Even before he picked up a guitar, he was surrounded by some of the region’s most storied performers and committed documentarians. Fussell grew up in the town of…
The Life And Adventures Of Folklorist Bill Ferris: American Songster Radio Podcast Episode 6
Nov 1, 2016 • 21 min
Meet Bill Ferris On the first Sunday of every month, Bill Ferris attended an African-American church on the farm where he grew up. Over time Ferris, a white child, became a routine presence at the church. He especially loved participating in the church’s…