WSCP 18 Folk Icon and Internet Pioneer Roger McGuinn

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

 

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00:00:00 - Show Introduction 00:01:12 - Performance: "Front Porch" (Michael Johnathon)

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Segment Synopsis: Michael Johnathon performs "Front Porch" from his 2011 album, "Front Porch".

00:05:17 - Welcome / Artist Introduction 00:07:22 - Performance: "Well, Well, Well" (Roger McGuinn)

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Segment Synopsis: Roger McGuinn performs Bob Gibson's "Well, Well, Well" from his online musical project collection, "Folk Den".

Keywords: Bob Gibson (Artist); Folk (Genre); Folk Den (Album); Roger McGuinn (Artist); Well, Well, Well (Song)

Subjects: folk music

00:09:34 - Interview 1: Roger McGuinn

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Segment Synopsis: Roger McGuinn discusses his introduction to folk music in high school when Bob Gibson performed for his class. He also discusses his relationship with Frank Hamilton as well as Hamilton's legacy preserving folk music. Frank Hamilton is a co-founder of The Old Town School of Folk which Roger McGuinn attended.

Keywords: The Old Town School of Folk

Subjects: Bob Gibson (Artist); folk music; music education

00:11:52 - Performance: "Rock Island Line" (Roger McGuinn)

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Segment Synopsis: Roger McGuinn performs Lead Belly's song, "Rock Island Line", from his online musical project collection, "Folk Den".

Keywords: Folk (Genre); Folk Den (Album); Lead Belly (Artist); Rock Island Line (Song); Roger McGuinn (Artist)

Subjects: folk music


Hyperlink: Roger McGuinn performs Lead Belly's "Rock Island Line". MP3 available at Folk Den.
00:13:52 - Interview 2: Roger McGuinn

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Segment Synopsis: McGuinn talks about his musical career from banjo-playing folk singer to guitarist for the American rock group The Byrds. McGuinn also discusses learning to play 12-string guitar and developing a folk seven-string guitar to mimic the sound of a 12-string on a standard six-string acoustic guitar.

Keywords: 12-string Guitar (Instrument); Roger McGuinn (Artist); Seven-string Guitar (Instrument); The Byrds (Artist)

Subjects: 12-string guitars; folk music; guitars

00:18:59 - Performance: "Leave Her Johnny" (Roger McGuinn)

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Segment Synopsis: Roger McGuinn performs the sea chantey "Leave Her Johnny" from his 2014 album, "Stories, Songs, & Friends".

Keywords: Leave Her Johnny (Song); Roger McGuinn (Artist); Stories, Songs, & Friends (Album)

Subjects: folk music; sea songs


Hyperlink: Roger McGuinn performs "Leave Her Johnny" with John Sebastian. MP3 available at Folk Den.
00:22:44 - Interview 3: Roger McGuinn

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Segment Synopsis: Roger McGuinn describes his online musical project, 'Folk Den' and his mission to preserve folk songs since the site's creation in 1995.

Keywords: Roger McGuinn (Artist)

Subjects: folk music; internet


Hyperlink: Roger McGuinn's Folk Den
00:25:27 - Performance: "Edge of Water" (Roger McGuinn)

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Segment Synopsis: Roger McGuinn performs a new song, "Edge of Water".

Keywords: Edge of Water (Song); Roger McGuinn (Artist)

Subjects: folk music

00:28:33 - Break 00:29:58 - Interview 4: John Lomax III

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Segment Synopsis: John Lomax III, of Lomax family folk fame, discusses the important role his family played in discovering artists such as Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger, and Josh White. Lomax also discusses his own experience in music management representing Steve Earle, Casey Chambers, Townes Van Zandt, and others.
Lomax also talks about finding rare recordings of his father, John Lomax, Jr. telling stories about old folk songs as well as performing acapella versions of the songs.

Subjects: field recording (process); folk music

00:32:44 - Performance: "Buffalo Skinner" (John Lomax III)

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Segment Synopsis: John Lomax III performs his own rendition of his father's (John Lomax, Jr) song, "Buffalo Skinner" from the 2017 album "Folk".

Keywords: Acapella (Instrument); Buffalo Skinner (Song); Folk (Genre); John Lomax III (Artist)

Subjects: folk music


Hyperlink: Roger McGuinn performs "Buffalo Skinner". MP3 available at Folk Den.
00:35:18 - Interview 5: Roger McGuinn and John Lomax III

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Segment Synopsis: McGuinn and Lomax discuss preserving the American legacy of folk music. McGuinn emphasizes the importance of including older traditional folk songs alongside songwriters' new material.

Keywords: Folk (Genre); John Lomax III (Artist); Roger McGuinn (Artist)

Subjects: folk music; singer songwriters

00:36:34 - Performance: "Saint James Infirmary" (Roger McGuinn)

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Segment Synopsis: Roger McGuinn performs "Saint James Infirmary" from his online musical project collection, "Folk Den".

Keywords: Folk Den (Album); Roger McGuinn (Artist); Saint James Infirmary (Song)

Subjects: folk music


Hyperlink: Roger McGuinn performs the New Orleans blues classic, "St. James Infirmary." MP3 available at Folk Den.
00:39:45 - Interview 6: Roger McGuinn

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Segment Synopsis: McGuinn discusses site maintenance for Folk Den.

Keywords: Folk Den

Subjects: folk music; internet

00:40:40 - Performance: "Preacher and the Bear" (Roger McGuinn)

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Segment Synopsis: Roger McGuinn performs a popular 1800s minstrel song "Preacher and the Bear".

Keywords: Banjo (Instrument); Folk (Genre); Preacher and the Bear (Song); Roger McGuinn (Artist)

Subjects: folk music


Hyperlink: Roger McGuinn performs "The Preacher and the Bear". MP3 available on Folk Den.
00:43:19 - Interview 7: Roger McGuinn

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Segment Synopsis: Johnathon discusses influence of Pete Seeger and Roger McGuinn on his career as a musician. Discussed Seeger and the experience of writing Turn! Turn! Turn!

Keywords: Pete Seeger

Subjects: folk music

00:46:19 - Performance: "Turn! Turn! Turn!" (Roger McGuinn)

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Keywords: Folk (Genre); Roger McGuinn (Artist); Turn! Turn! Turn! (Song)

Subjects: folk music

00:49:45 - Coda: Michael Johnathon

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Segment Synopsis: Johnathon closes the show by thanking Roger McGuinn and John Lomax III, and reflects on the connection between artists, audiences, and songs and the efforts of the Lomax family and Roger McGuinn preserving music.

Keywords: Michael Johnathon (Artist)

00:52:00 - Closing Credits / From the Woodsongs Archives: "Pick a Bale of Cotton" (Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi)

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Segment Synopsis: A Woodsongs Archive performance of "Pick a Bale of Cotton" by Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi.