Dave McCarn

December 8, 2010: On this segment of Backroads and Banjos, Art presents the funny, jovial, and poignant songs of Gaston County, NC native, Dave McCarn. At first McCarn pursued songwriting on guitar and harmonica as …

Leadbelly

November 17th, 2010: The focus of this Backroads and Banjos is the highly influential Leadbelly, born Huddie Ledbetter, whose contribution to American roots music has left an indelible mark on the countrys musical tradition. While …

Art’s Trip to France

November 10th, 2010: On this Backroads and Banjos, Art recounts his recent visit to France to promote the release of some of his material on the French label, Dixie Frog, which specializes in American roots …

Harmonica Masters – Part 2

October 20th, 2010: This segment of Backroads and Banjos is the first of two installments devoted to harmonica masters. Art uses several examples of fine harmonica or French harp players to show that the instruments …

Harmonica Masters – Part 1

October 13th, 2010: This segment of Backroads and Banjos is the first of two installments devoted to harmonica masters. Art uses several examples of fine harmonica or French harp players to show that the instruments …

Two Line Blues in Georgia

October 6th, 2010: This episode of Backroads and Banjos covers two line and country blues in Georgia. The two-line blues are typically more connected with old-timey banjo tunes than the modern 12-bar, three line blues …

Elizabeth Easley

September 22, 2010: On this episode of Backroads and Banjos, we will be joining Art Rosenbaum in Athens, GA for a field recording session with traditional gospel singer Elizabeth Easley. In addition to singing familiar …

Cousin Emmy

September 15, 2010: This segment of Backroads and Banjos is about Cousin Emmy, a pioneer entertainer and banjo-picking singer from the 1930s. Her onstage antics were somewhat controversial to a more folky crowd but the …

The Jubilant Sounds of Zydeco – Part 2

September 8, 2010: In this segment of Backroads and Banjos, Art begins a 2-part exploration of a style of American roots music that he realized he has neglected on the show up until this point …