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Sounds to Grow On

By Smithsonian Folkways

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The CKUA Radio Network presents Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On, a new 26-part series featuring the original recordings of the Folkways Collection, now a cornerstone of Smithsonian Folkways Records' vast catalogue. Hosted by Michael Asch, the only child of Folkways Records' founder Moses Asch, the weekly one-hour program debuted Sunday, January 18th, 2009. This series, researched by Robert Wiznura, is a co-production of The Smithsonian Women's Committee, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, folkwaysAlive! at the University of Alberta, and the CKUA Radio Network.

Customer Reviews

Not the Obvious Show

There's no two ways about it, there's a smattering of good shows here (Broadsides, Bluegrass, The Unfortunate Rake). Unfortunately more often than not the host tells you about the show he COULD have made, then does something else instead - something not as obvious, but also invariably deadly dull (I've heard more clips of musicians mumbling under their breath and checking the tuning on their instruments...). Invariably the show he COULD have done would have been riveting and educational; the show he DID make is deadly dull. This is most particularly noteworthy on the JAZZ show, where the host talks about all the great musicians and the music they created recorded by Smithsonian Folkways, then fills the show up NOT with that music, but instead with their warm-ups or between numbers cross-talk. The show is always slapdash and lazy and the JAZZ show alone will kill more jazz fans than it ever creates.

I'm not sure what the purpose of this show is, but if it's anything other than the half-hearted hobby of a host obsessed with not making the "obvious" show, it's an epic failure. Don't waste your time here, this show is more frustrating than rewarding and if the host's ennui is an indication, will only get worse, not better.

Tom Schwartz

Tom's episode #10 is remarkable. NYC in the 50's... Out in the streets. It doesn't get any better than this. Real Life for a change.

Smithonian Folkways


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  • Category: Music
  • Language: English

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