“David Holt’s State of Music” Season 2 premiered April 2017

Here’s the schedule by episode:
June 15 at 9:30 pm— Steep Canyon Rangers at Oskar Blues ReebRanch
June 22 at 9:30 pm— Alice Gerrard, Laurelyn Dossett, Rayna Gellert at Glencoe Mill
June 29 at 9:30 pm— Wayne Henderson, Jeff Little
July 6 at 9:30 pm— Amythyst Kiah at Echo Mountain, Mipso at Alamance Historical Museum
July 13 at 9:30 pm— Kruger Brothers
July 20 at 9:30 pm— Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver at Henderson County Courthouse Museum, St. John  AME Zion Unity Choir
July 27 at 930 pm— Dom Flemons at the Warren Store, followed immediately by…
July 27 at 10:00 pm— DHSM Onstage at WCU, featuring Josh Goforth, Rhiannon Giddens & Friends, The Branchettes, and Balsam Range

The Atlantic: The Podcast Spreading the Love of Cowboy Culture


In the first two decades after the Civil War, more than 10 million cattle were driven north from Texas to railheads in Kansas, where they could be shipped to larger markets in the east. Fighting boredom on the trail, cowboys would often improvise poems and songs. They’d sing on horseback and around the campfire, collectively writing verse, adding a new line or amending an old one, usually in the form of an English ballad. Thus cowboy poetry was born.

While the cattle-drive era has long since passed, the poetry hasn’t stopped. In the early 1980s, a small group of folklorists, having stumbled upon this underground genre, sought out cowboy poets from all over the west. In 1985, the Western Folklife Center hosted the results at the inaugural Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. This year, the center hosted its 33rd gathering, a weeklong event that now annually attracts thousands, urban and rural alike. The national event has spawned a tight-knit community of poets and musicians, among them Andy Hedges. The 36-year-old cowboy poet and singer is also the host and creator of the new podcast Cowboy Crossroads, a refreshingly diplomatic effort to connect today’s vibrant cowboy culture with a world only vaguely aware of its existence.

Cowboy Crossroads explores the genre’s ongoing evolution—and initiates newcomers—through its interview-driven episodes. Each approximately half-hour segment features a special guest, usually an artist. In the first eight episodes, Hedges has chatted with the cowboy poets Ross Knox and Waddie Mitchell, and the musicians Michael Martin Murphey, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and Noel McKay. Upcoming episodes will include the singer-songwriter Martha Scanlon, and Dom Flemons, the founder of the band Carolina Chocolate Drops, who is currently recording an album of songs by and about black cowboys.

Read more here.

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Dom Flemons, late of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, plays music that makes me very happy

I was listening to the latest Judge John Hodgman podcast today (as I do every week!) which was performed live in Washington DC; as with every live show, there was a musical guest, and this guest was so completely awesome I made a note to post about him when I got home.

That musical guest was Dom Flemons, a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops (previously), whose solo music is — incredibly! — even better than the boss stuff he recorded with the old band.

Flemons kicked off by playing Till the Seas Run Dry (it’s about 29:00 in the MP3), and I knew as soon as I got home I’d be buying his most recent album, which I’ve just done!

Oh, and it was a great Judge John Hodgman.  Read more here.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 308: Live From Washington DC


“Rabius Corpus” and Swift Justice taped in front of a live audience at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC on September 21, 2016. Plus, Sean and Jamie from Episode 194 “Do You Want to Hoard Some Snowglobes?” return with more Frozen-related justice. We also hear from Ray Suarez with an expert testimony and music from the Dom Flemons Trio!

For info on Dom Flemons’ tour dates, music and more, visit TheAmericanSongster.com! Ray Suarez is on Twitter @RaySuarezNews and Linda Holmes, who introduced the live show for us, is @nprmonkeysee. You can also catch Linda on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour.   Read more here.

PBS: “David Holt’s State of Music” Season 2 premiered April 2017

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Season 2 of “David Holt’s State of Music” showcases top acoustic performers of traditional music filmed on location in the Southern mountains. Featured artists include the Steep Canyon Rangers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Kruger Brothers, Mipso, Laurelyn Dossett, Dom Flemons, Amythyst Kiah, Rayna Gellert, Alice Gerrard, and the St. John AME Zion Unity Choir. The season finale, recorded live onstage, features Rhiannon Giddens, Dirk Powell, Jason Sypher, Balsam Range, Josh Goforth, and The Branchettes. Musical styles include traditional ballad singing, blues, old-time string band, African-American gospel, bluegrass, three-fingered banjo, slide guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass, mouth bow and even stump fiddle. Learn more here!