… And The Villains

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

Last week, heroes (in the guise of folk artists) held sway in the first of two shows termed “Heroes and Villains.” This week, the not-so-nice guys find themselves in the spotlight.

The villains range from those found in folklore to real historical human beings that were on the side of evil. There’s also a set devoted to what I term “societal villains” that plague our society — mass murders, man’s horrific inhumanity to fellow man, substance abuse, the widening wealth gap between the haves and have-nots, and the continuing resistance to sensible immigration reform.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Peter Ostroushko, “Entrance Of The Gladiators”, The Mando Chronicles, Red House

  • Woody Guthrie, “1913 Massacre”, Hard Travelin’: The Asch Recordings/Vol. 3, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Mississippi John Hurt, “Frankie (And Johnny)”, Avalon Blues: Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings, Columbia

  • Sonny Meadows & Drivin’ Wheel, “Stagolee”, This Train, Stuck In The Mud Music


  • The Outside Track, “False Knight Upon the Road”, “The Whitby Maid”, Flash Company, Lorimer

  • Natalie Merchant, “The House Carpenter”, The House Carpenter’s Daughter, Myth America

  • Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band, “Murder Of Maria Marten”, No Roses, Castle/Sanctuary


  • Bill Emerson, “Jesse James”, Eclipse, Rural Rhythm

  • Dave Alvin, “Railroad Bill”, Public Domain, HighTone


  • Aztec Two-Step, “Just Another Nothing With A Name”, Cause & Effect, Red Engine Records

  • Rod MacDonald, “Auschwitz”, The Man On the Ledge, Shanachie

  • Joe Crookston, “Caitlin At The Window”, Darkling & The Bluebird Jubilee, Milagrito Recordings

  • James Keelaghan, “House Of Cards”, House Of Cards, Borealis

  • Brother Sun, “Lady Of The Harbor”, Some Part Of The Truth, Independent


  • Robbie Fulks, “If They Could Only See Me Now”, Georgia Hard, Yep Roc

  • Tom Russell, “Claude Dallas”, Cowboy Real, Philo

  • Dave Bromberg, “Spanish Johnny”, My Own House…, Fantasy


  • Whalebone, “The Birds Are Still Singing”, Runes, Two Wild Women Records