A Night Of Songwriting

After a marvelous instrumental introduction, we spent most of the program exploring the songwriting of Malvina Reynolds and Tom Russell and then closed with a few classic pieces on vinyl.

August 23 marked the 100th anniversary of the late Malvina Reynolds' birth. She died in 1978 but her songs will remain. Smithsonian/Folkways just released a fine compilation of songs from her Cassandra recordings and the compiler of that anthology -- folk Grande Dame Rosalie Sorrels -- has, in addition, released on Red House a loving tribute to Reynolds.

We talked to Tom Russell at the recent Champlain Valley Festival and decided to use the recent news as a jumping off point for a look back at some earlier works recorded before his landmark 'The Man From God Knows Where" released in 1999.