Literature and Music

I recently performed at the Massillon Museum in Massillon, Ohio as part of the Big Read series to promote literacy. I was asked to perform and also to discuss the impact literature has on music and songwriting. This following is a brief summary of that lecture and some reading recommendations. “Literature has been in a […]

Hosting House Concerts

So you think you might be interested in hosting a house concert. It’s good, then, that your first question is: Um, what the hell exactly is a house concert, anyway? It’s a perfectly reasonable question — and I’ll try and answer it, clear as I can — so you can make a more informed decision […]

Train Songs - Hobo John - Charley Snyder

Over the years, in the moments when my creative well has run dry, something I consistently turn to for inspiration is John & Alan Lomax’s priceless collection of folk songs anthologized in American Ballads and Folk Songs (1934). Alan Lomax spent nearly six decades making field recordings, documenting and promoting the world’s folk music. This […]