First broadcast August 14, 2009

In memoriam: Mike Seeger

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

One show cannot do justice to the musical life and legacy of Mike Seeger, who died on Aug. 7 at age 75, just eight days short of his 76th birthday, from multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer.

Mike Seeger was a singer, multi-instrumentalist, music historian and collector of traditional music who exerted a primary influence on the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s. His dedication to documenting, teaching and giving relevance to the traditional music of the South and preindustrial America was exemplary.

A member of the renowned Seeger musical family (Pete’s his half brother and Peggy is a sister), Mike Seeger was a founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers in 1958 and enjoyed an extensive recording career on labels such as Folkways, Smithsonian Folkways, Mercury and Rounder with more than 40 albums and six Grammy nominations to his credit. More so, he was bestowed several national awards for his work in preserving America’s musical heritage.

To read some of his learned and insightful essays about traditional folk music, go to http://mikeseeger.info/

This two-hour program touched some of the bases of Mike Seeger’s life, leading off with a NLCR tune that for many years was the opening theme song for “Profiles in Folk.”.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • New Lost City Ramblers, “Colored Aristocracy”, There Ain’t No Way Out, Smithsonian Folkways

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  • Mike Seeger, “Ground Hog”, “Roustabout”, Solo, Rounder

  • Mike Seeger, “Birmingham Tickle”, “I’ve Rambled This Country Both Earlye And Late”, Music >From True Vine, Mercury

  • Mike Seeger, “Wind And Rain”, Solo, Rounder

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  • New Lost City Ramblers, “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down”, “Rabbit Chase”, The Early Years: 1958-1962, Smithsonian Folkways

  • New Lost City Ramblers, “Riding On That Train 45”, “The Titanic”, “The Cat’s Got The Measles…”, Out Standing In Their Field, Smithsonian Folkways

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  • Mike & Peggy Seeger, “Lord Thomas & Fair Ellender”, Third Annual Farewell Reunion, Rounder

  • Mike & Pete Seeger, “900 Miles”, Third Annual Farewell Reunion, Rounder

  • Mike & Penny & Peggy Seeger, “I’m Going To The West”, Third Annual Farewell Reunion, Rounder

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  • Mike Seeger, “Freight Train”, True Vine, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Mike Seeger with Elizabeth Cotton, “New Year’s Eve Song”, Second Annual Farewell Reunion, Mercury

  • Mike Seeger with Tim O’Brien, “Leaving Tennessee”, Third Annual Farewell Reunion, Rounder

  • Mike Seeger with Ralph Stanley, “East Virginia Blues”, Third Annual Farewell Reunion, Rounder

  • Mike Seeger with Carol Elizabeth Jones, “Little Cabin Home”, Third Annual Farewell Reunion, Rounder

  • Mike Seeger with Bob Dylan, “The Ballad Of Hollis Brown”, Third Annual Farewell Reunion, Rounder

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  • Mike Seeger with Roscoe Holcomb, “Old Smokey”, Second Annual Farewell Reunion, Mercury

  • Mike Seeger with Kilby Snow, “You Are My Flower”, Second Annual Farewell Reunion, Mercury

  • Mike Seeger with Tex Logan et al, “Kill the Shanghai Rooster”, Second Annual Farewell Reunion, Mercury

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  • Mike Seeger with Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin & Larry Hanks, “Only Remembered” Third Annual Farewell Reunion, Rounder,