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Sing Out! Since May of 1950, Sing Out! Magazine has been helping to preserve and celebrate the best in folk music.
Since May of 1950, Sing Out! has been helping to preserve and celebrate the best in folk music.

For the latest Murder Ballad Monday installment, Patrick Blackman takes a deep dive into the classic spiritual "Samson a...
03/11/2019
Murder Ballad Monday | "Samson and Delilah"

For the latest Murder Ballad Monday installment, Patrick Blackman takes a deep dive into the classic spiritual "Samson and Delilah" from the repertoire of Rev. Gary Davis, Grateful Dead, Dave Van Ronk, and many others!

Many know it as a Grateful Dead song, but "Samson and Delilah" is an African-American spiritual with deep roots. Rev. Gary Davis starts us off today. Patrick Blackman takes a deep dive into the roots and branches of this classic song.

Patrick Blackman examines a song brought to us by the late, great Georgia Sea Islands singer Bessie Jones for the next p...
02/04/2019
Murder Ballad Monday | "Old Bill Rolling Pin"

Patrick Blackman examines a song brought to us by the late, great Georgia Sea Islands singer Bessie Jones for the next posting from Murder Ballad Monday ... a cool read about a very cool song! Check it out!

The next installment from the Murder Ballad Monday folks is an exploration of "Old Bill Rolling Pin," a song of enslaved Americans, passed down the generations by Bessie Jones. Its message is one of rage, strength, and survival. Check it out!

For the first Monday of 2019, the folks at Murder Ballad Monday dug into the archive for a terrific exploration of "Dive...
01/07/2019
Diver Boy / Young Edwin in the Lowlands Low / Young Emily - Sing Out!

For the first Monday of 2019, the folks at Murder Ballad Monday dug into the archive for a terrific exploration of "Diver Boy" (aka "Young Emily") first published by Patrick Blackman back in 2012 (a while prior to our collaboration, so many of you many not have seen it). Now's your chance!

"Diver Boy" or "Young Emily" is a British ballad with a keen edge. It cut its way across two centuries and thousands of miles. It's as sharp today as ever

It's the first Monday in December ... and that means a fresh installment of Murder Ballad Monday! This time, we hear fro...
12/03/2018
Murder Ballad Monday | 20th Annual Banjo Gathering

It's the first Monday in December ... and that means a fresh installment of Murder Ballad Monday! This time, we hear from new contributor Clifton Hicks who shares insights and a LOT of music from The Banjo Gathering celebrating it's 20th anniversary this past November! Check it out!

Clifton Hicks attended and performed at the 20th Annual Banjo Gathering this November, and provided this review and some wonderful music for your pleasure.

On this chilly, wet November Murder Ballad Monday, Patrick Blackman traces the history of an achingly beautiful hymn rec...
11/05/2018
Murder Ballad Monday | "Mother in the Graveyard"

On this chilly, wet November Murder Ballad Monday, Patrick Blackman traces the history of an achingly beautiful hymn recently resurrected by Anna Roberts-Gevalt & Elizabeth LaPrelle on their latest release from Smithsonian Folkways. Click to read and listen ...

"Mother in the Graveyard" is an old hymn brought back to life by Anna and Elizabeth. It is not, however, a folk song of Vermont. Read on to find the truth.

Welcome, October! Your first Monday brings us a neat, new installment of our Murder Ballad Monday series from Patrick Bl...
10/01/2018
Murder Ballad Monday | "Boll Weevil"

Welcome, October! Your first Monday brings us a neat, new installment of our Murder Ballad Monday series from Patrick Blackman with an examination of the traditional song "Boll Weevil" and all the terror that an infestation can bring! Check it out.

The boll weevil was a disaster that ruined lives across a wide swath of the States. All sorts of folks cried, cussed, and sang about that pernicious bug.

Yup. It's Labor Day. But the music never stops ... and the Cindy Hunter Morgan has a fresh piece over at Murder Ballad M...
09/03/2018
Murder Ballad Monday | The Dens of Gin Lane: Mark Knopfler's "Madame Geneva's"

Yup. It's Labor Day. But the music never stops ... and the Cindy Hunter Morgan has a fresh piece over at Murder Ballad Monday that is definitely worth checking out, taking a thorough look and listen to Mark Knopfler's "Madame Geneva's" and its inspirations.

"Madame Geneva's" is a song by Mark Knopfler that gives voice to a tormented ballad writer in England's St Giles Parish during the gin craze. The song appears on Knopfler’s 2007 album, Kill to Get Crimson.

This week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine Tom Druckenmiller commemorates Labor Day by celebrating the worker. You can he...
08/29/2018
Podcast | Celebrate the Worker | Sing Out! Radio Magazine #18-35

This week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine Tom Druckenmiller commemorates Labor Day by celebrating the worker. You can hear the show by clicking the link below. Sing Out! airs in over 30 markets across the U.S., so check your local public or community radio station's listings! (Or, if you'd rather, you can subscribe for free using iTunes or Stitcher and have it delivered to your phone, tablet or computer automatically each week! Direct links for that on the show page linked below!)

The labor force here in the U.S. may be at almost full-employment, but the wage gap has never been greater. And membership in labor unions, the force that championed worker safety, rights and fair wages since the dawn of the industrial revolution, is at an all-time low. Might there be a corollary? F...

OK ... I've been remiss in keeping up the show promotion on a regular basis over the summer ... but don't forget that th...
08/22/2018
Podcast | Bluegrass Today | Sing Out! Radio Magazine #18-34

OK ... I've been remiss in keeping up the show promotion on a regular basis over the summer ... but don't forget that there's a new Sing Out! Radio Magazine (hosted by the ever erudite Tom Druckenmiller!) every Wednesday. Subscriptions are available (and free!!) through Podomatic, iTunes, or Stitcher.

This week's show takes a trip through a nice sampling of today's best bluegrass. Check it out!!

Bluegrass is more popular today than ever before. There are many festivals nationwide and internationally, attracting musicians of all skill levels from self-taught dedicated amateurs to conservatory trained powerhouse musicians. On this week’s show, we’ll examine the state of bluegrass today wi...

The music world changed just a bit on August 30 1968 with the release of The Byrds’ groundbreaking album, Sweetheart of ...
08/15/2018
Podcast | Sweetheart At 50 | Sing Out! Radio Magazine #18-33

The music world changed just a bit on August 30 1968 with the release of The Byrds’ groundbreaking album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo. For this week’s show, we'll sample a few selections from the classic recording and then trace the backstory of the record and the members of the band.
We feature music from Roger McGuinn in the years preceding the formation of the Byrds, selections from bass player Chris Hillman who started his career as a bluegrass mandolin player with the Hillmen, and we hear Gram Parsons and his group The International Submarine Band on a tune that would become an Emmylou Harris standard. We’ll also offer some bands that were influenced by this highly influential recording. Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Sweetheart of the Rodeo … this week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine!

The music world changed just a bit on August 30 1968 with the release of The Byrds’ groundbreaking album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo. For this week’s show, we'll sample a few selections from the classic recording and then trace the backstory of the record and the members of the band. We feature mus...

Rainy as it is during these dog days of August here in the Northeast, the illustrious Murder Ballad Monday crew is takin...
08/13/2018
Hiram Hubbard / Hiram Hubbert - Sing Out!

Rainy as it is during these dog days of August here in the Northeast, the illustrious Murder Ballad Monday crew is taking the month off for a well-deserved summer vacation. Still, we have a terrific post from the vault to carry you through! From back in 2012, Patrick Blackman examines the traditional ballad "Hiram Hubbard" (from the repertoire of the late, great Jean Ritchie), telling the story of the Civil War prisoner-of-war, accused of murder. An excellent read!!

"Hiram Hubbard" is a Civil War murder ballad from Eastern Kentucky. It's direct and simple, yet there are still hidden depths to explore.

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07/17/2018
Randy Rainbow

Song Parodies are folk music, right?

***NEW VIDEO***

A stable genius of his magnitude deserves an anthem.
*Do not try this at home. 🤪

OK ... it's the *second* Monday in July, but you get the point. And Patrick Blackman examines American variants of "Lady...
07/09/2018
MBMonday | “Lady of Carlisle” and the New, Weird America

OK ... it's the *second* Monday in July, but you get the point. And Patrick Blackman examines American variants of "Lady of Carlisle" for the latest installment of Murder Ballad Monday. A very worthy read!

What could a medieval French storyteller have in common with English broadside publishers, Carolina mountaineers, and hippies? The muse, and a tale of love and courage - "Lady of Carlisle." Patrick Blackman examines all that ... with the next installment of Murder Ballad Monday!

I know conventional wisdom says that you lose the argument when you bring up Hitler, but, imo, history is never a bad th...
06/28/2018
1933

I know conventional wisdom says that you lose the argument when you bring up Hitler, but, imo, history is never a bad thing to remember or learn from. A new song from David Rovics does the trick.

https://soundcloud.com/davidrovics/1933a

For blood and soil. Lyrics: 1933 History doesn't repeat, they say, but it often appears it does Enough so that it seems like we should know just how it was When in another time and place the party

So sad! Stacy was a regular contributor to the pages of Sing Out! for years. A great musician, teacher and friend. He wi...
06/06/2018

So sad! Stacy was a regular contributor to the pages of Sing Out! for years. A great musician, teacher and friend. He will be missed!!

We are heartbroken to share the news that Stacy passed tonight at 9:30. He was surrounded by his family and a medical staff that did everything they could for him. We don’t yet have information about a memorial service but will share that as it becomes available. Stacy was one in a million and touched the lives of so many people. We feel so blessed to have shared in his musical journey on this Earth. Goodbye, old pal…

A special Memorial Day post from Murder Ballad Monday has Patrick Blackman examining a Civil War-era song ("Going Across...
05/28/2018
MBMonday | "Going Across the Mountain" - Memorial Day, 2018

A special Memorial Day post from Murder Ballad Monday has Patrick Blackman examining a Civil War-era song ("Going Across the Mountain"), harkening back to the holiday's origins. Check it out!!

"Going Across the Mountain" is a lovely song for Memorial Day. It may be 150 years old, but any of us can relate to the feelings it evokes.

The opiate crisis in the U.S. might be contemporary news, but it's not really new, as Patrick Blackman examines for a ne...
05/07/2018
MBMonday | "Morphine"

The opiate crisis in the U.S. might be contemporary news, but it's not really new, as Patrick Blackman examines for a new post available on Murder Ballad Monday. Check it out!

Patrick Blackman was moved by Little Nora Brown's take on the traditional song "Morphine" to take a deep dive into its origins and back story for the latest installment of Murder Ballad Monday,

April's Murder Ballad Monday post comes from Cindy Hunter Morgan examining Dire Straits's guitarist Mark Knopfler's "5:1...
04/02/2018
MBMonday | Mining England's Dark Heart

April's Murder Ballad Monday post comes from Cindy Hunter Morgan examining Dire Straits's guitarist Mark Knopfler's "5:15 a.m." ... check it out!

A new Murder Ballad Monday post from Cindy Hunter Morgan, examines Mark Knopfler's "5:15 a.m." -- a gritty, violent episode in the context of a region immersed in the hardships of mining life.

We lost the great Irish piper Liam O'Flynn on Wednesday, March 14th ... check out Robin Hiteshew's remembrance.
03/16/2018
Sing Out! | Master Piper Liam O'Flynn Passes

We lost the great Irish piper Liam O'Flynn on Wednesday, March 14th ... check out Robin Hiteshew's remembrance.

Irish piping master Liam O'Flynn, a founding member of the influential Irish band Planxty, passed on. Robin Hiteshew shares some memories of this important musician.

I'm late! I'm late! (Don't ask.) ... But that's no reason not to check out the latest offerings from Murder Ballad Monda...
03/07/2018
MBMonday | On the Evening Train

I'm late! I'm late! (Don't ask.) ... But that's no reason not to check out the latest offerings from Murder Ballad Monday, a terrific piece by Steven L Jones.

For this month's post, Stephen Jones takes a deep dive into Johnny Cash's "On the Evening Train," an earnest tune about loss and separation that mines Victorian parlor songs and hillbilly ballads for inspiration and finds its main metaphor in America’s once vast train mythology.

It's February, and Murder Ballad Monday's new post is here with its own particular brand of help for your Valentine's Da...
02/05/2018
MBMonday | One Day You'll Be Gone: "If We Were Vampires"

It's February, and Murder Ballad Monday's new post is here with its own particular brand of help for your Valentine's Day preparations.

It's February, and Murder Ballad Monday's new post is here with its own particular brand of help for your Valentine's Day preparations.

We sadly mourn the passing of the great Julius Lester, a regular contributor to Sing Out! in the mid- to late-'60s. A pr...
01/22/2018
Julius Lester, Chronicler of Black America, Is Dead at 78

We sadly mourn the passing of the great Julius Lester, a regular contributor to Sing Out! in the mid- to late-'60s. A provocative voice on race and culture ... and a terrific and thoughtful writer that always made us think.

A captivating and often polarizing writer, Mr. Lester traveled through a labyrinth of religious and ethnic identities, including a conversion to Judaism.

It's the first Monday of a new year, and it's COLD outside (at least where I am  ... but for some true "shivers," check ...
01/08/2018
MBMonday | "The Butcher Boy" / "The Railroad Boy"

It's the first Monday of a new year, and it's COLD outside (at least where I am ... but for some true "shivers," check out Murder Ballad Monday's latest installment where Patrick Blackman takes a deep dive into this classic chiller!

For the January installment of Murder Ballad Monday: "Father finds daughter's body with note attached when railroad boy mistreats her." So Harry Smith described "The Butcher Boy" for his landmark Anthology. This British ballad finds its most powerful distillation in Appalachia, best represented by B...

It's the first Monday in December, so we have a fresh installment of Murder Ballad Monday for you to check out. Cindy Hu...
12/04/2017
MBMonday | Method & Music: Jake Adam York's "Knoxville Girl"

It's the first Monday in December, so we have a fresh installment of Murder Ballad Monday for you to check out. Cindy Hunter Morgan uses Jake Adam York's poem "Knoxville Girl" for a fresh look at the Louvin Brothers' classic. Give it a look and listen with a click!

On the latest Murder Ballad Monday post, Cindy Hunter Morgan examines poet Jake Adam York's poem "Knoxville Girl," shedding new light on the Louvin Brothers' classic, where murder, music, and method meet in the killers we inhabit.

For the latest installment of Murder Ballad Monday, Steven L. Jones takes a deep dive into Country hony-tonker Eddie Noa...
11/06/2017
Full Moon, Dark Heart: Eddie Noack's "Psycho" - Sing Out!

For the latest installment of Murder Ballad Monday, Steven L. Jones takes a deep dive into Country hony-tonker Eddie Noack's recording of Leon Payne's "Psycho" from 1968. Check it out!

The unlikely career of Eddie Noack's "Psycho," from an obscure country curiosity from an aging honky-tonker to cult favorite. Oh, Mama.

Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's passing ... so host Tom Druckenmiller put together a special episo...
10/04/2017
Podcast | Honoring Woody | Sing Out! Radio Magazine #17-40

Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's passing ... so host Tom Druckenmiller put together a special episode for this week's Sing Out Radio Magazine. Check it out!

October 3, 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the death of Woody Guthrie. On this week's program we'll hear Woody along with some wonderful covers of his songs from Cisco Houston, James Talley, Anne Feeney and others. We'll also hear new melodies adapted to Woody's lyrics from Tim O'Brien, Jay Farra...

For the latest installment from Murder Ballad Monday (a continuation of their "Conversations with Death" series, Ken Big...
10/02/2017
MBMonday | Might Have Drowned: "The Swimming Song"

For the latest installment from Murder Ballad Monday (a continuation of their "Conversations with Death" series, Ken Bigger takes a deep dive (excuse the pun!) into Loudon Wainwright III's "The Swimming Song." This time, might the killer's initials be "H" "2" & "O"?

For the latest post on Murder Ballad Monday (the latest in their "Conversations with Death" series, Ken Bigger takes a deep dive (excuse the pun!) into Loudon Wainwright III's "The Swimming Song." This time, were the killer's initials "H" "2" "O"?

For this week's Sing Out! Radio Magazine, Tom Druckenmiller takes us to an audio Fiddler's Convention, Sing Out! style. ...
09/27/2017
Podcast | A Fiddlers' Convention | Sing Out! Radio Magazine #17-39

For this week's Sing Out! Radio Magazine, Tom Druckenmiller takes us to an audio Fiddler's Convention, Sing Out! style. Check it out!

In my area, September means a return to school, football season and many harvest festivals. For more than 30 years, my September also mean another edition of our local fiddlers' convention in Lyons Station, PA. On this week's program we'll have our own fiddlers' convention, as I play music from some...

For this week's Sing Out! Radio Magazine, host Tom Druckenmiller celebrates the arrival of fall with a great set of folk...
09/13/2017
Podcast | Welcome Autumn | Sing Out! Radio Magazine #17-37

For this week's Sing Out! Radio Magazine, host Tom Druckenmiller celebrates the arrival of fall with a great set of folk music. Check it out!

Autumn is host Tom Druckenmiller's favorite time of the year. In the Northeast, the trees become a fire on the mountain. It fades all too quickly. This week on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine, Tom shares some of his favorite Autumn music, including John McCutcheon, Sally Rogers, Tim O'Brien, and of cou...

On the new Murder Ballad Monday posting Ken Bigger takes a deep dive into Peter Gabriel's "Biko" and other songs that ch...
09/11/2017
MBMonday | The wind will blow it higher: "Biko"

On the new Murder Ballad Monday posting Ken Bigger takes a deep dive into Peter Gabriel's "Biko" and other songs that chronicled the struggle and death of the Anti-Apartheid martyr Stephen Biko on the 40th Anniversary of his passing (September 12, 1977). Check it out!

For the latest installment of Murder Ballad Monday, Ken Biggers takes a deep dive into Peter Gabriel's "Biko," and other songs celebrating the life (and commemorating the passing) of the anti-apartheid activist who died 40 years ago this week (September 12th). Check it out.

For this week's Sing Out! Radio Magazine,  Tom Druckenmiller focuses on the blues ... check it out!
09/06/2017
Podcast | All Blues | Sing Out! Radio Magazine #17-36

For this week's Sing Out! Radio Magazine, Tom Druckenmiller focuses on the blues ... check it out!

Host Tom Druckenmiller receives lots of Blues CDs from artists, but gets to use very few of them on The Sing Out! Radio Magazine. This week he catches up with some of the best recent releases. We'll hear music from Kim Simmonds, Sherman Holmes, Debbie Davies, Selwyn Birchwood and many more. It's All...

In honor of Labor Day (this coming Monday!), Sing Out! Radio magazine host Tom Druckenmiller has collected some rare and...
08/30/2017
Podcast | Celebration of Labor | Sing Out! Radio Magazine #17-35

In honor of Labor Day (this coming Monday!), Sing Out! Radio magazine host Tom Druckenmiller has collected some rare and better known songs about the labor struggle. It's easy to take for granted the great strides made by the labor movement, improving the lives of all workers ... but on this week's program you will hear music from Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Utah Philips, Maria Dunn and many more. A Celebration of Labor … on this week’s Sing Out! Radio Magazine.

Host Tom Druckenmiller writes:

It's Wednesday ... and Tom Druckenmiller has a terrific selection of sing-a-longs for this week's Sing Out! Radio Magazi...
08/23/2017
Podcast | Sing Out! Some Great Singalongs | Sing Out! Radio Magazine #17-34

It's Wednesday ... and Tom Druckenmiller has a terrific selection of sing-a-longs for this week's Sing Out! Radio Magazine. Check it out!

Host Tom Druckenmiller writes: "When I was a kid my family loved to sing. My Sister had a lovely soprano voice and my Dad sang all these out dated silly songs that at the time embarrassed me. Now I'd give anything to hear him sing again. "For this week's show, I've collected some of my favorite sing...

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Hello Sing Out friends! This is Nina Silber, professor of history at Boston University and also daughter of long-time Sing Out editor, Irwin Silber (editor from 1951-1968). I'm writing a book about my father and would love to hear from anyone with stories/recollections - or suggestions about folks I might contact who could share stories/recollections. Please send me a private message if you've got ideas.
PETE SEEGER'S 100th I dreamed I saw Pete Seeger last night Alive as you and me, Says I “But Pete, you passed away.” “I never died,” says he. “I never died,” says he. “In New York City,” says I to him, Him standing by my bed, “You breathed your last on your deathbed.” Says Pete “But I ain’t dead.” Says Pete “But I ain’t dead.” “Ninety-four long years you lived “And then you closed your eyes.” “Takes more than death to kill a man,” Says Pete “I didn’t die.” Says Pete “I didn’t die.” And standing there as big as life And smiling with his eyes, Pete says “What age could never kill “Went on to organize. “Went on to organize.” “Pete ain’t dead,” he says to me “Old Pete ain’t never died. “Where people sing and organize “Pete Seeger’s by their side. “Pete Seeger’s by their side.” From the Hudson River to L. A., Where Peace and Justice meet, Where people stand up for their rights, It’s there that you’ll find Pete. It’s there that you’ll find Pete. I dreamed I saw Pete Seeger last night, Alive as you and me, Says I “But Pete, you passed away.” “I never died,” says he. “I never died,” says he.
... did this used to be Sing Out Songbag?
This is an uncommonly well-written and well-researched article, and it's great to see that some of the significant contributions made by Bess Lomax Hawes (sister of Alan Lomax) to documenting and teaching the history of folk music in the 20th century are included in the story.
excited about this site cause I have always lived the magazine and old enuff now to appreciate it more.
What's going on with Sing Out? Everytime I look up your website, you seem to have been saying that "We're in the midst of reorganizing so we're not taking any more subscription or membership orders; check back in a few weeks!" It's been several years, now, and all I see is the same old news items, same old record reviews(with one or two exceptions), and not much else! I thought your magazine was only available digitally, and have tried to renew my membership on that basis, all to no avail. Am I doing something wrong by my requesting, or is SO!'s news restriced to just it's website and page? I want to be a member of Sing Out again, but for the last few years, I've been getting more and more discouraged by your website and facebook's lack of anything interesting! Please reply to my message and explain what's what!
I lost an old copy of *Sing Out* that contained a great parody of "Little Boxes." I think it was from the late '60s or early '70s. It was definitely in one of the half-sized booklets rather than the letter-sized booklets. I remember that the opening line was, "See the hippies in The Village. See the hippies on MacDougal Street. See the hippies in Haight-Ashbury and they all look just the same." I would be grateful if anyone who has that issue could post the words to that song or send them to me in a message.
Here’s an excerpt from Jim Rooney’s interview in the 1995 WGBH (Boston, MA) documentary, “Follow You Down”: “Music is so available today. We didn’t have Tower Records, we didn’t have an awful lot of resources. We really had to find the stuff, like he [Eric von Schmidt] had to go to the Library of Congress. And so that - when you go search music out, or search anything out, for that matter, and you find it, then you really make it enter your life in another way”.
Here’s a link to view the official video for “Safe Until Tomorrow,” the title track of the new album by the popular folk-rock and Americana duo The Kennedys, that was officially released on May 18 and is available on the duo’s website: http://www.kennedysmusic.com/safeuntiltomorrowvideo.html “Safe Until Tomorrow” is an impassioned call to support caregivers – the self-sacrificing ones who put aside their own lives to help others At well over a million miles of roadwork, including two stints as members of Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra, Pete and Maura Kennedy show no signs of slowing down either on the road or in the creative realm. Life on the road and time spent in the creative ecosystem of New York’s East Village have informed their songwriting over the course of 14 duo albums and half a dozen side projects, and Safe Until Tomorrow is true to that tradition. What sets the album apart is the inclusion of several anthemic, rocking songs of social consciousness that convey a strong message best summed up in one of the song titles: “Be Silent No More.”
I am deeply grateful to the Blues Foundation for inducting my book, “I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy” (University of Chicago Press), into the Blues Hall of Fame as “A Classic of Blues Literature” for 2018. Here's the brief video of the induction ceremony, and thanks to my son, Abraham Riesman, for filming it!
A song for Pete Seeger, who was born on this day (May 3) in 1919 https://soundcloud.com/user660132316/troubadour-tribute-to-pete-seeger
John Prine, from Greg Kot's terrific profile in the April 20 Chicago Tribune, in advance of Prine's Chicago Theater concert on April 27: "I still miss smoking to this day. If someone fires up outside a restaurant, I step over to get that initial blast. I thought, if I put this in a song, where can I smoke? And the answer is heaven. No cancer there, no no-smoking signs.”