The Jubilant Sounds of Zydeco – Part 1

September 1, 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 …

Omer Forster

August 25, 2010: This Backroads and Banjos segment is devoted to the music of little known banjo player Omer Forster. Forster was a Tennessee musician who developed his own two-finger style of picking the banjo …

Earl Murphy

August 18, 2010: For this segment of Backroads and Banjos, Art brings along his friend and fiddle great Earl Murphy for a session featuring Earl on fiddle and Art on guitar and banjo. Between songs, …

The Art Show

August 11, 2010: In honor of The Art Show taking place at the Hotel Indigo in Athens, Art discusses how the field recorder/musician aspect of his work crosses over into the world of the paintings …

Jug Bands

August 4, 2010: The subject of this airing of Backroads and Banjos is the jug band, a genre not always well-received by the musical world, which originated in the late nineteenth century and was most …

Allegan Farm

July 28, 2010: While Art was still in college in the late 1950s, he went to work at a resort in Michigan one summer and befriended some migrant worker families on nearby Allegan Farm. In …

Blind Willie Johnson

July 21, 2010: This segment focuses on Texas-born blues and spiritual singer Blind Willie Johnson. Oftentimes blues and spiritual music were kept apart with a clear differentiation between the secular and religious, but Blind Willie …

The New Mules

July 7th, 2010: On this Backroads and Banjos, Art presents selections from a downstate Illinois old-time band called the New Mules. New Mules are a string band whose focus is mainly on the old-time music …

Earl’s Kitchen

June 30, 2010: On this Backroads and Banjos, Art and guitarist Pat Shields join 93-yr old fiddler Earl Murphy in his kitchen to play a couple of traditional songs as well as Pats original tune, …

The Greenbriar Boys – Part 2

June 16th, 2010: While a lot of episodes of Backroads and Banjos feature archival recordings of legendary old-timey recording artists, none have featured recordings quite like this. In 1959, a much younger Art Rosenbaum was …

The Greenbriar Boys – Part 1

June 9th, 2010: While a lot of episodes of Backroads and Banjos feature archival recordings of legendary old-timey recording artists, none have featured recordings quite like this. In 1959, a much younger Art Rosenbaum was …