Roots of American Music

Roots of American Music
Roots of American Music is a podcast from a Cleveland-based non-profit organization whose mission is to provide arts education, musical performances and playing opportunities for audiences and musicians of all ages, means and abilities while supporting the preservation of American music and its roots. This show examines our shared American experience - contemporary and historic - from a variety of perspectives and seeks to tell captivating stories of people, places and events with a focus on live performance.

The Pandemic Tapes: Episode 3 - Jason Meyers
May 19 • 28 min
Jason Meyers, another popular local musician and ROAM teaching artist, talks about how his life has changed: cancelled gigs, his day job as a hospital therapy program coordinator and father to a newborn. He also shares what inspired some new songs he…
The Pandemic Tapes: Episode 2 - Juliana Tabor
May 1 • 20 min
Juliana Tabor, a ROAM teaching artist and kindergarten teacher, talks about how technology is giving her a new perspective as she navigates the pandemic. Forming new, present-day relationships with her students has brought an unexpected closeness and…
The Pandemic Tapes: Episode 1 - Charlie Mosbrook
Apr 16 • 15 min
In March of 2020 the Coronavirus upended the entire globe and the live music was brought to a halt. The Pandemic Tapes explores this crisis through interviews with musicians and by sharing songs they have written and recorded during “stay at home” orders.…
Ohio Heritage Music Project: Episode 5 - Hotz Cafe: The Original Social Network
Feb 17 • 41 min
Hotz Cafe is a Cleveland landmark. Hotz is a small neighborhood tavern in the Tremont area of Cleveland, Ohio. First opened in 1919, Hotz recently celebrated 100 years of family ownership. Join Clint Holley and musical guest The Luckey Ones as we…
Ohio Heritage Music Project: Episode 4 - Journey to Ripley, Many Steps to Freedom
Aug 5, 2019 • 69 min
Podcast 4 highlights songs and stories of the Ohio River and the story of the Underground Railroad and the role that the John Rankin House, and the daring abolitionist John Parker played in helping African-Americans flee slavery from Northern Kentucky.…
Ohio Heritage Music Project: Episode 3 - A Fighting Heart, the Johnny Kilbane story and the Cleveland Irish Experience
Jul 29, 2019 • 54 min
Johnny Kilbane was a world champion featherweight boxer from Cleveland Ohio and held his title longer than did any other fighter in any weight class in history. Born into poverty in Cleveland’s Irish Immigrant ‘Angle’ neighborhood, Kilbane eventually…
Ohio Heritage Music Project: Episode 2 - Following the Crumbs.
Jul 18, 2019 • 30 min
Robert Crumb is an American cartoonist and musician. His work displays a nostalgia for American folk culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and satire of contemporary American culture. His band Robert Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenades…
Ohio Heritage Music Project: Episode 1 - The Ghost of Frank Lloyd Wright
Jul 10, 2019 • 30 min
Recorded at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Louis Penfield House on River Road in Willoughby, Ohio. Listen to the history behind this home, the families who live in it, and the rare, final blueprints Frank Lloyd Wright created for an additional house that…