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American Songcatcher

Nicholas Edward Williams

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Tracing the roots of American music from its emigrated past to artists playing the songs forward. Join folk singer-songwriter Nicholas Edward Williams, where each episode uncovers unique stories and lesser-known facts behind five songs, spanning from centuries ago to those carrying tradition today. Then, as folk artists have always done, Williams re-creates them. From European immigrants, to songs of the South: Gospel, Ragtime, Blues, Country, and the Folk music derived from it all. Hear sto ...
 
"my American friend" : English language blog and podcast. Learning English by using it to explore the American and European cultures, habits and lifestyle. The Italian singer/songwriter Marta Innocenti and her American friend Cindy are going to help you improve the language while taking you into a pleasant journey on both sides of the Atlantic ocean. www.myamericanfriendblog.com myAmericanfriendpodcast@gmail.com twitter: mAf_podcast youtube channel : myAmericanfriendblog facebook page : my A ...
 
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Listen to the new re-arranged traditional record: FOLK SONGS FOR OLD TIMES’ SAKE Featured in this Episode: Traditional - “Man of Constant Sorrow” (:28) Ma Rainey (13:08) Bill Monroe (31:40) Patsy Cline (51:29) Bruce Molsky (1:08:17) Teaser: Thought to be rooted in the early hymns brought to America, this old-time folk song has reveled in the spotli…
 
It’s a pleasure to bring you the second half of this special short series Side A // Side B, bringing some depth to the songs from my recently released traditional record “Folk Songs For Old Times’ Sake”. Today, we’re flipping the record over, and diving in to the history behind Side B. Side B Tracklist: Goin’ Down This Road Feelin’ Bad (Traditional…
 
Since releasing the podcast, I’ve had a lot of people ask if the renditions at the end of each segment will be released, or streamable. Well I’m happy to say that over the last six months, I’ve been hard at work on a traditional record called Folk Songs For Old Times’ Sake, that is now available on all platforms, as well as limited edition vinyl. S…
 
New traditional record, releasing November 2nd: FOLK SONGS FOR OLD TIMES’ SAKE Featured in this Episode: Traditional - “Lil' Liza Jane” (:28) Dock Boggs (11:22) Snooks Eaglin (25:54) Nina Simone (43:36) Billy Strings (1:04:18) Teaser: Today, this song is a standard in New Orleans brass bands as well as old-time music, but its earliest iterations st…
 
Featured in this Episode: Traditional - “Down by The Riverside” (00:27) Mance Lipscomb (10:28) Ramblin’ Jack Elliot (23:31) Emmylou Harris (45:17) Chris Thile (57:27) Teaser: After the civil war, songs such as these were created and sung from Alabama to Ohio for a perilous journey through the Underground Railroad, where the enslaved were in pursuit…
 
For the final collaboration of the “Sitting In” miniseries, I’m excited to share a fantastic multi-instrumentalist, fluent in clawhammer banjo and slide blues guitar, named Cristina Vane. Born in Italy, and living many places overseas before arriving in America at 18 years old, Cristina accumulated a wealth of culture and a diverse range of songs b…
 
Today on the program will be my sixth guest for the “Sitting In” mini-series, Jody Carroll. Jody is a performer and songwriter who effortlessly creates bold interpretations of old Blues and American Folk music, and makes them his own improvisational musical journeys. He’s a finger-style and slide guitar master, and a soulful singer blending flavors…
 
The fifth edition of the “Sitting In” miniseries features a new project by international touring Irish musician Dylan Walshe. Steeped in the traditions of folk, Irish, Blues, Singer-songwriter and roots music, Dylan has received wide acclaim from all over, including Dave King of Flogging Molly who has said that “The future of songwriting is safe in…
 
Good people! I'm so pleased to share my fourth guest to embark on this “Sitting In” mini-series, a local legend in my neck of the woods, Chattanooga’s own Lon Eldridge. Harboring a unique blend of traditional pre-war blues, ragtime, jazz and swing, Lon has spent the last two decades evoking the styles of those who laid the framework of these genres…
 
Hey Folks! I’m so pleased to share the 3rd act of this “Sitting In” miniseries with you, none other than the inimitable Willi Carlisle. A multi-faceted writer, performer, and instrumentalist, Willi has spent the last several years collecting folklore, playing or calling square dances, and working in the avant-garde. He’s a folksinger with a style f…
 
Hey Folks! I’m thrilled to share the second part of the “Sitting In” mini-series, where I hand over the podcast reins to some of my folky friends, so that they can share a story that ties into music preservation and play a few songs in line with their story. My guest today is Sparrow, who along with her partner Keith, leads the Asheville, NC group …
 
Today, I’m delighted to share the first “Sitting In” mini-series episode with you, where I’ve handed the podcast reins over to a music preservationist and performer. First up, is a story of the African American spiritual turned protest song called “We Shall Not Be Moved”, written and spoken by Matthew Sabatella. Matthew’s mission is to “connect peo…
 
Today I have the pleasure of sharing a conversation I had with multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Jay Cobb Anderson, co-founder of the group Fruition, who has been making big waves in the major festival circuit during the last decade with blends of traditional sounds, contemporary folk and bluegrass, and most recently the roots of rock an…
 
Today, I’m delighted to share a talk I had with mandolin prodigy and Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Sierra Hull. Accomplishing more in her first 28 years of life than most could over a few lifetimes, Sierra made her Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 10, played Carnegie Hall at age 12, then landed a deal with Rounder …
 
Today, I have the pleasure of sharing a conversation I had with Oliver Wood. Since 2004, Oliver has been the frontman of The Wood Brothers, blurring the boundaries between folk, gospel, country-soul, and blues, earning an international audience and a Grammy Award-nomination along the way. Alongside his brother Chris Wood, of Medeski Martin and Wood…
 
When I first set out with this podcast there were a few people in particular that I wanted to talk to, and today's guest is at the top of that list. David Holt is a four-time Grammy winner, multi-instrumentalist, and for 14 years performed as a duo on banjo with the legendary Doc Watson. He’s spent his life learning, performing and telling stories …
 
Featured in this Episode: Traditional - “The Cuckoo” (:27) Willie Nelson - “Lucky Old Sun’” (13:30) Jerry Garcia - “Walkin’ Boss” (31:40) Blaze Foley - “Oval Room” (52:50) Jontavious Willis - “Pistol Slappin’ Blues” (1:12:38) Teaser: This traditional tune is based off of England’s oldest known documented song, dating back to the 13th century, cente…
 
Today on the program, I have the distinct pleasure of sharing a wonderful conversation I had with Leah Song, one half of the world folk fusion group Rising Appalachia. Over the last decade, Rising Appalachia has reimagined a huge body of traditional songs to a massive audience over the seven records they’ve released since forging their musical path…
 
Featured in this Episode: Traditional - “Barbara Allen” (:27) Lead Belly - “Goodnight, Irene’” (11:39) Joan Baez - “Silver Dagger” (37:50) Tony Rice - “New River Train” (59:35) Colter Wall- “Diamond Joe” (1:13:14) Teaser: For the last 400 years, the most widely collected ballad from the British Isles is still being recorded today, born out of a uni…
 
Today on the program, I’m delighted to share a conversation I had with the Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist and preservationist Dom Flemons. Branded The American Songster from his diverse catalogue of tunes, Dom’s not just a songwriter, he’s a multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, music scholar, historian, and record collector who is proficie…
 
Featured in this Episode: Traditional - “Midnight Special” (:39) Memphis Jug Band - “Stealin’, Stealin’” (13:30) Etta Baker - “Railroad Bill” (26:13) Big Bill Broonzy - “Glory of Love” (40:55) Charley Pride - “Roll on Mississippi” (1:01:32) Teaser: When the light of the train hits the cell windows of inmates at Mississippi’s infamous Parchman Farm …
 
Featured in this Episode: Traditional - “Gypsy Davy” (:20) Son House - “Grinnin’ in your Face” (9:02) Merle Travis - “Nine Pound Hammer” (24:07) Dolly Parton - “Jolene” (40:30) Sierra Ferrell - “Elk River Blues” (59:60) Teaser: Who were the original gypsies, and why are so many songs sung about them? Hear the man who inspired Robert Johnson and set…
 
Featured in this Episode: Traditional - “The Ballad of John Henry” (:25) The Mississippi Sheiks - “Sittin On Top of the World” (11:09) Pete Seeger - “If I Had a Hammer” (22:05) Hank Williams - “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (44:32) Tyler Childers - “Rocks, Salt and Nails” (1:05:35) Teaser: Was the greatest African American folklore hero based on a t…
 
Featured in this Episode: Traditional - “Wayfaring Stranger” (:30) Burl Ives - “Streets of Laredo” (11:45) Sister Rosetta Tharpe - “Up Above My Head” (28:50) John Prine - “In Spite of Ourselves” (44:27) Charley Crockett- “That’s How I Got To Memphis” (1:06:40) Teaser: Did it come from a hymn? An old ballad? Was it born in Scotland, or America? Navi…
 
Featured in this Episode: Traditional - “Tom Dooley” (:27) Blind Blake - “Diddie Wa Diddie” (12:23) Woody Guthrie - “Ramblin Around” (23:46) Doc Watson - “Blue Railroad Train” (49:00) Justin Townes Earle - “Lone Pine Hill”(1:08:23) Teaser: A North Carolina murder ballad turned folk tale withstands the tests of time, the true story is still up for d…
 
I’m so pleased to have my first guest on the podcast, the incredibly gifted multi-instrumentalist, teacher, musicologist and songster Mr. Andy Cohen. You may remember Andy from a mention in Episode 2 of American Songcatcher, as he was the mentor of my mentor, Joan Crane. Once a lead boy soaking in the shadow of Reverend Gary Davis, Andy’s been play…
 
Featured in this Episode: Traditional - "Rising Sun Blues" or "House of the Rising Sun" (1:37) Bessie Smith - "Tain't Nobody's Business" (16:46) The Carter Family - "Wildwood Flower" (40:30) Townes Van Zandt - "Pancho and Lefty" (1:04:17) Blind Boy Paxton - "Nobody Cares For Me" (01:22:42) Teaser: Was there ever a “house of the rising sun” in New O…
 
Featured in this Episode: Traditional | Bascom Lamar Lunsford - “I wish I was a Mole in the ground" (:27) Mississippi John Hurt - “Spike Driver Blues” (13:50) Reverend Gary Davis - "Slow Drag” (28:23) Norman Blake - "Church Street Blues” (42:26) Willie Watson - "James Alley Blues” (56:08) Teaser: A North Carolina mountain banjo player dubbed the "M…
 
Featured in this Episode: Traditional - "Peggy O" (:28) Jimmie Rodgers - "Waiting For a Train" (8:01) Elizabeth Cotten - "Shake Sugaree" (15:23) Dave Van Ronk - "Green, Green Rocky Road" (25:40) Gillian Welch - "Everything is Free" (35:26) Teaser: A traditional Scottish song survives over 300 years, traveling thousands of miles before filtering thr…
 
Tracing the roots of American music from it’s emigrated past to current artists playing the songs forward, folk singer-songwriter and amateur musicologist Nicholas Edward Williams is not hosting your typical music podcast. Each episode uncovers unique stories and lesser-known facts behind five songs, spanning from those created centuries ago to tho…
 
MARTA : This episode is about WORK !CINDY : …really? Why don’t we talk about high-heeled shoes? or food? or music? Let’s have some fun! Are we really going to talk about work??M: well, I know some people who are currently looking for a job abroad, they might need our help! Let me say “Hi” to Letizia, Laura and Elda!C : Ciao Letizia! Ciao Laura! Cia…
 
Marta: Today we’re talking about to catch.Marta: Cindy, hurry up! Get in here! We haven’t recorded in a long time and we’ve got a lot to catch up on! Cindy: True. It’s been a while. We have a lot to catch up on. That means we have a lot to talk about, to become up-to-date on current events.Marta: or for example: to catch up on work projects…Cindy: …
 
M : This episode is about MONEY !M : First of all : Money is UNCOUNTABLE.C : Exactly- because I have none. I can’t count what I don’t have!M: That’s not what I meant!C: Alright, MONEY is UNCOUNTABLE. We can’t say one money, two moneys…, we can count Dollars, one Dollar, two Dollars…or Euros: one Euro, two Euros… but money is an abstract notion and …
 
Marta: This episode is about THANKSGIVING.Marta: Hey everybody, I’m so sorry but I have a cold! So, I have no voice- at all today. I think I’d better leave you with Cindy this time, right?Cindy: Hey everyone! I’m here today with my friend Christine who’s an American artist living & working in Bologna, Italy. Hey Christine, thanks for being with us …
 
Marta: Today we’re talking about DEATH: The HALLOWEEN Episode!Marta: Hi Cindy! Happy Halloween!Cindy: Happy Halloween Everyone! (muffled)Marta: What?Cindy: (muffled) Happy Halloween Everyone! (spits out fake Dracula teeth) I said, Happy Halloween Everyone!Marta: What in the world are you wearing on your teeth?!Cindy: These are my Dracula teeth! (Ci…
 
M: Today’s episode is about “TO WISH” !(music : “when you wish upon a star….your dream comes true” … )C : “when you wish upon a star your dream comes true”, well, it’s August and there are a lot of shooting stars right now, we should all give it a try and WISH upon a star, MAKE A WISH listeners!M : I think the best thing in making a wish is that yo…
 
M : this episode is about AGE !M : Hi everybody, we know it’s been a while since we uploaded our last episode, but we’re back now.C : Well, listeners, it was all Marta’s fault, she spent a whole month in the States, lucky girl- so she’s the one to blame. Just kidding, hey Marta, welcome back! How was your trip to Nashville, Tennessee and Austin, Te…
 
Marta: Today we’re talking about MAKING MISTAKES.Marta: Ugh! It’s 3 o’clock. Cindy was supposed to be here at noon! Where is she?!Cindy: Hey girl! How are ya? Ok, here’s your coffee and here’s your copy of the script. Can I borrow your headphones? Is this mic on?Marta: Where have you been?Cindy: What do you mean? I was at the coffee shop. What’s wr…
 
M : today’s episode is about how to use the words: SOME ANY and NO !C : hey, Marta, why did you choose this topic?M : uh..well, I teach English in a private school here in Italy, my course is called “English Amplifier”C : yes, and all of your students are so nice and so smart!M : you’re right, they are wonderful, all of them. And they’ve been amazi…
 
Marta: Today we’re talking about “ANIMALS” ! Cindy: Hi Marta! Hey Marta, I love your hair & make-up today! You look beautiful!Marta: Thank you, Cindy!Cindy: You’re a STONE-COLD FOX! Marta: Uh?...that’s a compliment, right??Cindy: Yes! To call someone a ‘’stone cold fox’’ is a great compliment! It means they’re very good looking!Marta: ok, then. You…
 
M: This episode is about WORKING OUT !C: Hello everybody! It’s very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We all need to have regular check-ups, we need to eat a healthful diet and to exercise. M: DOING PHYSICAL EXERCISE not only helps us to STAY FIT, it also improves our emotional well-being.C : It’s true, it helps us burn off stress. In this…
 
M – to HEAR vs to LISTEN. We’re dealing with PERCEPTION VS INTENTION. (sound of phone ringing)…. Uh… Have you heard that sound, Cindy? Is that your phone ringing?C – Yes, it is. Sorry, Marta, I need to take this call.M - No problem.C - Hello? Hello? Honey, can you hear me? Honey? I’m afraid it’s a very bad line, I can hardly hear your voice, can yo…
 
M- Today we’re talking about being SICK.M- Hi Cindy!C- Hi Marta! How are you today?M- I’m great, thanks! And you?C- Feeling great! And I’m so thankful too, because it seems as if everyone has a cold right now! Everywhere I go people are coughing, sneezing and blowing their noses!M- It’s this crazy weather- it’s sunny on Monday… C- ….and snowing on …
 
M – Today we’re talking about HURRYING UP and SLOWING DOWN !M- Hi, Cindy! How are you today?C- I’m IN A BIG RUSH today. I’m IN A HURRY. We have to MOVE QUICKLY.M- oh, really? WHAT’S THE RUSH?C- Yeah, sorry but we’re going to have to MOVE IT ALONG today. I’ve got to pack my suitcase for my trip back to America.M- Cindy, CHILL OUT, RELAX. SLOW DOWN. …
 
M - today we are going to talk about HAIRM - …(singing) then peace will guide the planet….C - …Marta? Are you ok?M - ….(singing) age of Aquarius…!!C – Marta we’re not talking about the musical, we’re talking about HAIR in general.M – uh, ok…. hey, speaking of hair, you’re a redhead now, Cindy!C - yes, I’ve been blonde forever and I decided to shake…
 
M- Today we’re talking about being ANNOYED.M- Cindy, it’s been an exciting time in America recently because the American Presidential Elections have just ended. C- …and thank goodness for that! I was so sick and tired of hearing about politics, I couldn’t take another minute of it! By November 6th I think we’d all had enough. M- Well, that’s not ex…
 
M – Let’s talk again about SONGS!C - Hi everyone! as we mentioned in episode #35, songs are precious tools to help you improve your English. We’ve asked you to let us know which idioms and new words you learnt thanks to songs. Well, we’ve heard back from you and we’ve collected your ideas and suggestions.M - Let’s start with our dear friend Sergio …
 
Marta- Today we’re talking about ‘CHEATING ‘’C- We’re talking about Cheating and being dishonest on all levels, from cheating someone in business to cheating on your partner. M- Sadly, cheating is a common thread throughout our daily lives!C- You really need to be ON YOUR GUARD! You need to be cautious and KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED for unsavory and dis…
 
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