Celebrating America’s 227th Birthday

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This is our annual unabashed birthday bash for America -- a bit of patriotism, some classic American works recently released on CD, some perspectives on an American Original (Muhammad Ali) and a healthy dose of dissent. Our closing set included Gil Turner’s composition “Carry It On.” Turner grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut’s largest city, which borders the station, and is buried here.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Trout Fishing In America, “The Star Spangled Banner”, CD Single, Trout Records

  • Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan, “American Medley”, Too Much Fun, Flying Fish

  • Terry Allen, “My Country ’Tis Of Thee”, Amerasia, Sugar Hill

  • Tony Trischka, “Yankee Doodle”, Minstrel Banjo Style, Rounder

  • Various Artists, “This Land Is Your Land”, This Land Is Your Land, Music For Little People


  • New Lost City Ramblers, “John Brown’s Dream”, “Bill Morgan And His Gal”, “Cyclone Of Rye Cove”, Classic Old-Time Music, Smithsonian/Folkways


  • Pete Seeger, “Midnight Special”, “Go Tell Aunt Rhody”, “Froggie Went A-Courtin’”, Hard Travellin’”, American Favorite Ballads/Vol.2


  • Bill Monroe, “When He Reaches His Hand For Me”, Classic Bluegrass, Smithsonian/Folkways

  • Snuffy Jenkins, “Cumberland Gap”, Classic Bluegrass, Smithsonian/Folkways

  • Stanley Brothers, “Little Birdie”, Classic Bluegrass, Smithsonian/Folkways

  • Roger Sprung & Doc Watson, “The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise”, Classic Bluegrass, Smithsonian/Folkways


  • Greg Trooper, “Muhammad Ali (The Meaning Of Christmas)”, Floating, Sugar Hill

  • Kate Campbell, “Joe Louis’ Furniture”, Monuments, Large River Music

  • Tom Russell, “Muhammad Ali”, Modern Art, HighTone


  • John McCutcheon, “Hail To The Chief”, “The List”, “Ashcroft’s Army”, Hail To The Chief, AppalSongs

  • Chris Chandler & Anne Feeney, “Intro/Carnival #3”, Live From The Wholly Stolen Empire, Independent


  • Tom Paxton & Anne Hills, “Carry It On”, Under American Skies, Appleseed

  • Phil Ochs, “Power And The Glory”, All The News That’s Fit To Sing, Hannibal