Backroads and Banjos Archive

Al Murphy and Art Rosenbaum

Original Air Date: 11-19-2014

Art shares some music from a recording he made with his friend Al Murphy for Meadowlands Records in 1972. While working his first teaching job at Iowa State University, a colleague let Art know about …

The Carter Family – Outside of Bristol

Original Air Date: 09-24-2014

Over the course of 11 days in 1927, Ralph Peer changed the world of traditional folk music forever when he traveled to Bristol, Tennessee and recorded some of the most endearing sides for the Victor …

When I Was a Cowboy

Original Air Date: 09-17-2014

In the mid-1930s, crowds all over the United States and the world became obsessed with cowboy culture. Stars like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry personified the Western hero through their songs and movies. But this …

The Unfortunate Rake

Original Air Date: 08-27-2014

Art take a look at the lineage of perhaps the most widely interpreted traditional folk ballad, The Unfortunate Rake. This song is not particularly well known by its given name but has spawned a large …

Darren Hanlon

Original Air Date: 08-6-2014

Art welcomes Australian singer-songwriter Darren Hanlon into the studio to play some tunes and chat about his recent odyssey around the United States. When Darren decided it was time to make a new album, the …

Frank and Mary Hamilton – Part 3

Original Air Date: 07-23-2014

Art welcomes back Frank Hamilton to chat about their experiences traveling the Southeast learning traditional folk music from those who first brought the songs to prominence. Along with his pals Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Guy …