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Remain in Light, due for release on June 8, showcases Angélique Kidjo’s take on the Talking Heads classic album.


Detour Playlist
Paul Hartman
May 13, 2018 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Time, artist, song, album, label, notes


5:00PM Playing for Change feat. The Doobie Brothers, Ellis Hall “Listen to the Music” Playing for Change: Listen to the Music [] Various artists CD: USA & various nations

5:04PM Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons w/Phil Wiggins “Shanghai Rooster” A Black & Tan Ball []

5:07PM Jimmy Walker w/Paul Westmoreland & His Pecos River Boys “Detour” Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music 1945 [Bear Family] Opening theme; Various artists CD



5:14PM Johnsmith “The Medicine” Ginkgo []

5:18PM Harv “Grythyttehyl” Polka Raggioso [NorthSide] Sweden

5:22PM Paul Thorn “You Got to Move” Don’t Let the Devil Ride []

5:28PM Laurie MacAllister “Are You Happy Now?” The Lies the Poets Tell []

5:32PM Victoria Vox “Psycho Killer” Victoria Vox and Her Jumping Flea [Obus Music] Playing in the Baltimore area this week

5:36PM Levon Helm “Tennessee Jed” Electric Dirt [Dirt Farmer/Vanguard]

5:45PM Christine Havrilla “Hole in the Ground” Velocity [] Playing in the Baltimore area this week

5:49PM Doc & Merle Watson w/T. Michael Coleman “Mole in the Ground” Red Rocking Chair [Flying Fish]

Wolf & Clover

Wolf & Clover

5:54PM Wolf & Clover “The Wild Goose” Wolf & Clover []

5:58PM Sparrow Blue “Black-Eyed Susan” Rabbit in the Moon []

6:02PM Trampled by Turtles “The Middle” Life is Good on the Open Road [Thirty Tigers/Banjodad]

6:08PM Arlo Guthrie “Oh Mom” Someday [Rising Son]

6:11PM Mustard’s Retreat “Motherlode” Home by the Morning [] Playing in the Baltimore area this week

6:15PM Richard Thompson Band “The Angels Took My Racehorse Away” More Guitar [] England

6:23PM Letitia Van Sant “Sundown Town” Gut It to the Studs [] Playing in the Baltimore area this week

Mdou Moctar

Mdou Moctar

6:26PM Mdou Moctar “Tanzaka” Sounsoume Tanachek [Sahel Sounds] Niger; Playing in the Baltimore area this week

6:33PM Liam O’Connor “The Wild Goose (slow air)” The Loom [] Ireland

6:41PM Western Centuries “Far From Home” Songs From the Deluge [Free Dirt] Playing in the Baltimore area this week

6:47PM Sam Nitzberg “Born Yesterday” Demonstration []

Vivian Leva

Vivian Leva

6:51PM Vivian Leva “Cold Mountains” Time is Everything [Free Dirt]

6:54PM Andy Irvine & Davy Spillane “Chetvorno Horo” East Wind [Tara] Ireland

6:58PM Silly Wizard “The Pearl” Wild & Beautiful [Shanachie] Scotland; Closing theme

Their mission statement:


Playing for Change

By Frenciscobcn [GFDL ( or CC BY 3.0 ( ], from Wikimedia Commons

Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.Our primary focus is to record and film musicians performing in their natural environments and combine their talents and cultural power in innovative videos we call Songs Around The World.

Creating these videos motivated us to form the Playing For Change Band—a tangible, traveling representation of our mission, featuring musicians met along our journey, and establish the Playing For Change Foundation—a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world.

Through these efforts we aim to create hope and inspiration for the future of our planet.


Written by Philadelphia and Manchester UK singer/songwriter Zoe Mulford, “The President Sang Amazing Grace” appears on Whistle Down the Wind, the new album by Joan Baez.

Lankum (photo by Aidan Kelly Murphy ©2016)

Lankum (photo by Aidan Kelly Murphy ©2016)

A few weeks ago, there was a 60th birthday party for Shane McGowan in Dublin. Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Glen Hansard and other Irish stars performed his music, and the President of Ireland gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Another slightly less familiar (at least in the U.S.) name performed — Lankum. They played The Pogues song “The Old Main Drag.”

Lankum is a Dublin-based four-piece that combines distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, accordion, fiddle and guitar. Rough Trade released their album Between The Earth and Sky a few months ago, and it became one of the best reviewed folk albums of the year with numerous accolades, award nominations and glowing coverage. Although an acoustic group whose repertoire is fundamentally based on traditional song, influenced by legends such as Frank Harte, Planxty, The Dubliners and the Watersons, subtle traces of the group’s collective influences can be detected, ranging from American old-timey music to krautrock and drone.

Playlist for Sunday, January 21st

Posted: January 21, 2018 in Playlist, Videos

Detour Playlist
Paul Hartman
January 21, 2018 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Time, artist, song, album, label, notes

4:59PM Tim O’Brien “My Old Brown Coat and Me” Where the River Meets the Road [Howdy Skies]

5:03PM Chris Velan & Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars “Iñez” (single) [Cumbancha;] Canada & Sierra Leone

5:08PM Sleepy LaBeef “Detour” Tomorrow Never Comes [M.C. Records] Opening theme

5:16PM Mary Gauthier “Brothers” Rifles & Rosary Beads [In the Black/Thirty Tigers]

5:18PM Lizz Wright “Barley” Grace [Concord]



5:23PM Garma “El Olvido” Cambalúa [Several] Spain (Cantabria)

5:31PM Mark Erelli “Brokedown Palace” Mixtape []

5:36PM Tom Russell “Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts” Indians Cowboys Horses Dogs [HighTone] w/Eliza Gilkyson & Joe Ely

5:45PM Billy Novick & Guy Van Duser “Scrapple From the Apple” The New Pennywhistle Album [Green Linnet]

5:51PM Dave Rowe “It’s All Right” All of the Dreams [] Playing in the Baltimore area this week

5:55PM The Grasslands Ensemble & Daniel Ho “Mongolian Drinking Song” Between the Sky & Prairie [Wind Music] Mongolia & USA

5:59PM Johnny Clegg & Savuka “Joey Don’t Do It” Shadow Man [Capitol] South Africa

6:03PM Paul Simon “Under African Skies” Graceland [Warner Bros.] w/Linda Ronstadt

6:06PM John Forster “Fusion” Entering Marion [Philo]

6:12PM Gaelic Storm “Cyclone McClusky” Cabbage [Lost Again] Playing in the Baltimore area this week

6:16PM Richard & Linda Thompson “Wall of Death” Shoot Out the Lights [Hannibal] England



6:20PM Gaida “Almaya” Levantine Indulgence [Palmyra] Syria

6:24PM Eric Bannan “You Are Welcome Here” You Are Welcome Here []

6:29PM Jerry Garcia & David Grisman “So What (take 1, 3/8/91)” So What [Acoustic Disc]

6:35PM John Oates with the Good Road Band “Arkansas” Arkansas [Thirty Tigers]

6:41PM Billy Kemp “Benjamin Banneker” Another Life [Willbilly Music]

6:45PM Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer “Goodbye Anne/Glory in the Meeting House” Get Up and Do Right []

6:49PM Susan Werner “1955 Chevy Bel Air” An American in Havana []

6:52PM Susan Cattaneo “Lonely Be My Lover” The Hammer & the Heart [] w/The Bottle Rockets

6:55PM Silly Wizard “The Pearl” Wild & Beautiful [Shanachie] Scotland; Closing theme

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico (photo © Meg Rachel)

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico (photo © Meg Rachel)

Mariachi Herencia de México,
an Ensemble of Students from Chicago’s Immigrant Barrios,

Scores a Surprise Hit with their Debut CD, Nuestra Herencia (Our Heritage);

CD Debuts at #2 on iTunes Latin Chart, Showcasing Growth of Mariachi Music in the U.S.

Produced by Top L.A. Mariachi Musician José Hernández, CD Features Guest Vocalists
from Renowned Bands Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Los Camperos, and others

With Support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Project Represents Success of Mariachi Program Model in Financially-Strapped Chicago Public Schools

NYC Debut August 20 at Joe’s Pub + Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on Sept 16

Mariachi Herencia de México, an ensemble of students from Chicago’s immigrant barrios, has scored a surprise hit with their debut album of traditional Mexican music. Nuestra Herencia (Our Heritage) ranked No. 2 in its first week on iTunes’ Latin chart, defying a music industry trend and pointing to a revival in recorded mariachi music.

The album is believed to be the first major mariachi recording released in the U.S. by a student ensemble, with members ranging in age from 11 to 18. It was produced and arranged by L.A.’s mariachi master, Jose Hernández, who calls the project “one of those labor of love things.” Much of that love and labor came from César Maldonado, an investment banker whose most important startup was a non-profit foundation that promoted mariachi music instruction in Chicago public schools, creating a classroom incubator for the talent on this album.

“It’s really nice, and very refreshing, to see kids that age who have so much love and respect for mariachi music,” says Hernández, best known as founder of Mariachi Sol de México, one of the top mariachis in Los Angeles.

In a historic collaboration, the album features guest musicians from some of the most respected mariachi groups from both sides of the border. It includes vocal contributions, recorded in Mexico, by members of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, a revered institution in the genre. In addition, members of three top Los Angeles ensembles – Los Camperos, Sol de México, and the all-female group Reyna de Los Ángeles – recorded guest vocals on the CD.

The release of the album, featuring 11 traditional mariachi tracks, comes paradoxically at a time when the genre had been waning. With more than 100 years of history, mariachi music had become an iconic art form, representing Mexican culture throughout the world, via records, movies and spectacular live performances by superstar singers. But the lack of major new artists in the field, coupled with the emergence of other popular folk styles, especially banda and corridos, mariachi music lost its commercial appeal for the recording industry. In fact, last year the Latin GRAMMYs did not offer an award for “Best Ranchero / Mariachi Album” due to an insufficient number of entries in the category.

Nuestra Herencia was released in time to qualify for this year’s Latin GRAMMY competition and features tribute medleys to two of the genre’s greatest stars: Juan Gabriel and José Alfredo Jiménez.

For the creators and members of Mariachi Herencia de México, the passion for mariachi music has never faltered. The group’s success represents the strength of the colorful folk style as a grassroots movement, very much alive in regional festivals and especially in the schools.

“I tell people that mariachi is a sleeping giant in this country,” says Hernández, who also operates music education programs through his L.A.-based Mariachi Heritage Society. “A lot of people in the mainstream don’t realize how big mariachi has become in the schools. This album might open people’s eyes to what’s happening to mariachi education in this country. It’s really growing.”

In Chicago, Mariachi Herencia de México was purely a barrio creation.

The band emerged from a plucky non-profit, the Mariachi Heritage Foundation, that pushed a cultural agenda in the schools. It was started in 2013 by a determined investment banker whose entrepreneurial spirit was aimed at doing good for his old neighborhood. César Maldonado, 33, was born and raised in the blue-collar, predominantly Latino community of Brighton Park on the south side of Chicago. At the time, he recalls, the public schools he attended had no formal arts or music instruction.

“I believe in the impact of the arts, especially when the art form is relevant. And this art form is completely relevant to Chicago’s growing Mexican and Mexican American communities,” says Maldonado.

Maldonado, who still lives in his old neighborhood, decided to make good on his convictions. With the blessing of Chicago’s arts-focused leader, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and support from a network of local businesses, a program of mariachi music instruction was launched, initially in five public schools. These were among the schools identified by a city study as most lacking in arts resources. And that included Maldonado’s alma mater, Davis Elementary.

The program, part of the regular school curriculum, has now expanded to eight schools and enrolls 2,100 students, who learn music theory and performance in the mariachi style. The ensemble Mariachi Herencia de México was created for students who showed the most talent and promise, and enrollment for the group was opened citywide.

For trumpeter Marco Villela, 14, who joined the mariachi last year at the urging of his mother, the experience has been a cultural eye-opener.

“It’s something that changed my life,” says Villela. “It really taught me how to look at music differently, and that there are more things out there than just classical and jazz.”

The group performs in major mariachi festivals, including upcoming events in Chicago, Orlando, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Guadalajara, Mexico’s mariachi capital. Maldonado says the band recently signed with IMG Artists, the New York agency that also represents international stars Aida Cuevas, Eddie Palmieri, and Diego El Cigala.

The aim is more exposure, so the world can see what these young musicians have to offer. Debut concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and The Public Theater in New York City are now on the schedule.

“I want people across the country to hear about these kids,” says Maldonado. “These are kids from some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods, most of them first generation Mexican American, and all of a sudden, they enroll in this mariachi program and awaken a talent they never knew they had. And they become good enough to record something like this.”

Mariachi Herencia de México – Summer 2017 Tour

August 20 – New York, NY – Joe’s Pub – 7:00pm
Aug 25- Sept 3 – Guadalajara, MX – Guadalajara International Mariachi Festival
Sept 16 – Washington, DC – Kennedy Center / Millennium Stage (FREE)
Sept 16 – Chicago NPR Radio – WFMT-FM Performance on “Introductions”

Great lecture by Billy Bragg, recorded July 21, 2017 at the Library of Congress. Presented by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington.

Billy’s talk is about skiffle, a catchy name for a do-it-yourself music craze that swept Britain in the 1950s, primarily influenced by American jazz, blues, folk, and roots music. Skiffle is the main reason the guitar came to the forefront of music in the UK, and in this sense led directly to both the UK folk scene and British rock and roll, including the British Invasion of the US charts in the 1960s. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Faces, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, and David Bowie — not to mention Martin Carthy, John Renbourn, and the Watersons — all got their start playing skiffle. Bragg has spent several years researching and writing about skiffle in an exciting new book, Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World.

Oumou Sangaré - Mogoya CD

Renowned Malian vocalist Oumou Sangaré has just released her new video for “Yere Faga,” the lead single from her much anticipated latest album Mogoya (to be released May 19, No Format!).  The track contains a powerful message of perseverance for those facing depression and thoughts of suicide, and is the result of a masterful collaboration with afrobeat drumming legend Tony Allen.

It has been eight years since Oumou Sangaré, often called the greatest living female voice in African music, last released an album of new material and much has changed since then. The power of her voice and the potency of her message remain inviolable.  Now with a new label, an all-new production team and a vital new set of songs, her latest album Mogoya (roughly translated as ‘people today’) represents an exciting new chapter in Oumou’s storied career.

While her sound remains deeply rooted deep in Malian tradition, this is Oumou as we have never heard her before. Recorded in Stockholm by Andreas Unge, and produced in Paris with the crack French production team A.L.B.E.R.T. (Vincent Taurelle, Ludovic Bruni and Vincent Taeger) known for their work with the likes of Air, Beck, and Franz Ferdinand, Mogoya is a record that both draws upon a rich musical heritage and leans towards the future.

Traditional African instruments such as the kamele n’goni (harp), karignan (metal scraper) and calabash (gourd used for percussion) are complimented by electric guitar, bass, keyboards and even synths. The legendary drummer Tony Allen, once Fela Kuti’s bandleader and the co-creator of Afrobeat, guests on drum kit.