Roots Music Today: New Harmonies
Aired: June 26, 2011
Roots music has been defined as the “roots of rock and roll,” but it’s not just focused on the past. Roots music lives today, whether in contemporary musicians who are inspired by America’s musical history or in the songs and rhythms of immigrants who mix the culture of their home nations with American culture to create a vibrant, evolving art form. In this episode, Spook Handy a well-known musician who writes songs inspired by the music of folk masters like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie and James Day, professor at the College of New Jersey, a musician who has been leading a group of students in researching the musical culture of Trenton, NJ, discuss what roots music means today. From playing new versions of old folk tunes to creating new musical roots in New Jersey, roots music is alive and well. Both guests are involved in the tour of New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, a Smithsonian Institution travelling exhibit which will tour New Jersey until December 2011.
To Learn More Visit:
- New Jersey Council for the Humanities – New Harmonies: Find out more about New Harmonies, including schedule and location information for the exhibit as it travels around the state.
- Museum on Main Street: Read about the New Harmonies exhibit write-up on the Museum on Main Street website.
- Smithville Mansion is hosting New Harmonies from June 13, 2011-July 26, 2011.
- The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie will host New Harmonies August 1, 2011-September 12, 2011.