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Video: Mighty Sam McClain — When The Hurt Is Over

. Samuel McClain (1943 – 2015), billed as Mighty Sam McClain, was an American blues singer and songwriter. Born in Monroe, Louisiana, McClain began singing at the age of five … Continue reading

April 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Seasick Steve — Roy’s Gang

. Steven Gene Wold (born in 1940 or 1941) commonly known as Seasick Steve, is an American blues musician who plays custom guitars, sometimes made from found materials such as … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Nika Knight: Joan Baez Goes Viral With ‘Nasty Man,’ a Protest Song for the Trump Era

“Here’s a little song/about a man gone wrong/while building up his evil empire.” . Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the video. Joan Baez, … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — Diga Diga Doo

. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, led by Scotty Morris, is a contemporary swing revival band specializing in covering popular American songs from the 1930s and 40s. Email subscribers may click … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Audio: Chuck Berry — Johnny B. Goode

. Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Karim Sulayman — I trust you

. Karim Sulayman is an Arab-American tenor from Chicago. Ten days after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Sulayman teamed up with filmmaker Meredith Kaufman Younger to perform a trust experiment. … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 6 Comments

Video: Rana Choir — I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier

. The Jewish Arab women’s choir Rana, based in Jaffa, implores us: “Here and everywhere else in the world, there’d be no war today if mothers all would say: I … Continue reading

March 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Lost in Light

. As artificial light brightens the night sky, we increasingly lose our view of the stars, planets and constellations, as well as the sense that we’re part of the universe. … Continue reading

March 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — Why Me?

. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a contemporary swing revival band originally formed in Ventura, California, in 1989 by leader Scotty Morris. The band was named Big Bad Voodoo Daddy … Continue reading

February 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Deb Marett: Cease Fire

Leningrad, 1942 “Rehearsal did not take place. Srabian is dead. Petrov is sick. Borishev is dead.” This is an excerpt from a journal entry by the conductor of a rag-tag … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Best of Luck with the Wall

. What would 2,000 miles of a US-Mexico border fence actually look like? The US-Mexico border fence, a major topic in the 2016 US presidential race, is a sprawling structure … Continue reading

February 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: A Joan Miró-inspired Animation of Federico García-Lorca’s “Romance Sonámbulo”

. Winner of a dozen international awards in 2016, “Sonámbulo/ The Sleepwalker” is a fantastic dream journey through colors and shapes inspired by the poem Romance Sonámbulo by Federico García-Lorca. The … Continue reading

February 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Bright Lights Late Nights — The Speakeasies Swing Band

. The Speakeasies Swing Band  is made up Caterina Sisinni on vocals, Manolis Stamatiadis on Piano, Panos Karnoutsos on electric guitar, Christos Papadopoulos on clarinet and Ilias Gkirmpas on saxophone. Together … Continue reading

February 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Postmodern Jukebox — All About That Bass

  Yeah it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two But I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do ‘Cause I got that boom boom that all … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · 1 Comment