Skip James

March 10th, 2010: This segment of Back Roads and Banjos looks at Curtis Skip James, one of the greatest Mississippi singers and guitar players, who picked up music at an early age and knew a …

A Tribute to Mike Seeger

March 3rd, 2010: Art pays tribute to his good friend Mike Seeger who passed away on August 7th of 2009. Seeger was both a musician and a song collector, much like Art, and their relationship …

Alan Lomax in Haiti

February 24, 2010: Art Rosenbaum redirects our thoughts back to the island of Haiti in this Backroads and Banjos segment devoted to the recordings that Lomax captured while on honeymoon there in 1936. These recordings …

Hobart Smith Part 2

February 17th, 2010: In this 2 part series, Art explores the works of Hobart Smith. Smith was an Appalachian musician who played numerous instruments (fiddle, banjo, guitar, piano) and learned much of his technique from …

Courting Songs

February 10, 2010: In celebration of Valentines Day, Art begins the show by serenading the listener with an old-time tune on his banjo. While he notes that most American folk songs about love end in …

Hobart Smith – Part 1

February 3, 2010: In this 2 part series, Art explores the works of Hobart Smith. Smith was an Appalachian musician who played numerous instruments (fiddle, banjo, guitar, piano) and learned much of his technique from …

Smokey Joe Miller – Part 2

December 9, 2009: Smokey Joe Miller played with 4 generations of the Tanner family in their Georgia old-time band called The Skillet Lickers. The band started back in the 1930s and had a strong influence …

Smokey Joe Miller – Part 1

December 2, 2009: Smokey Joe Miller played with 4 generations of the Tanner family in their Georgia old-time band called The Skillet Lickers. The band started back in the 1930s and had a strong influence …

American Primitive Vol. II

April 29, 2009: I’ve Got Your Ice Cold Nu Grape was performed by the Nu Grape Twins in Atlanta, Georgia for use as a soda commercial. Alfred Lewiss Friday Moan Blues was recorded in 1930 …

A Night with Art Rosenbaum

April 1, 2009: Cacklin Hen is performed here by Earl Murphy, who picked up fiddle playing as a boy from his father, and now plays western swing and bluegrass in addition to traditional fiddle tunes. …

Banjo Masterpieces

February 11, 2009: Rosenbaum dedicates this Back Roads and Banjos session to the great old-time banjo favorites, performed by some of folks best pickers. The style of this B.F. Shelton Kentucky picking tune came from the …

Alice Gerrard

November 12, 2008: In this installment of Back Roads and Banjos, Art Rosenbaum is joined by Alice Gerrard of the group Alice and Hazel, playing some of her favorite pieces she created through the years …