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Summer’s here, even before the Fourth of July, so we’ll celebrate with songs from Deadwood Revival, Pokey LaFarge, and Jim Boyer, plus Jimmie Rodgers, Cubanismo, and Bix Beiderbecke.

Viking Twang Episode June 13, 2015 Good morning, welcome to Viking Twang. My name is Randy Black, happy to be here. It’s been so hot and gorgeous lately, you’d think summer is here! So I’ve put together a whole show of summer songs to celebrate the early start of the season. We’ll start with the […]

This week on Viking Twang, we pay tribute to pioneering record producer, publisher, talent scout, and executive Ralph Peer. Starting in the 1920s, Peer discovered acts such as the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, developed ways to make sure that musicians and composers were fairly compensated for their work, and had the audacity to believe […]

Listen to Viking Twang at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 7 to hear the music discovered, produced and promoted by influential 1920s-30s recording executive Ralph Peer. The man who discovered Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family also created markets for blues singers, string bands, and African-American musicians, and developed systems to make sure they got paid […]

On Episode 40 of Viking Twang, we celebrate the legacy of talent scout, producer, publisher and recording executive Ralph Peer, as detailed in the new book, “Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music,” by Barry Mazor. Peer discovered countless artists, including the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, made sure that musicians and composers […]

Viking Twang takes a look at the earliest days of hillbilly women being recorded; two sets from the 1920s and 1930s. Plus, in honor of the Indianapolis 500, we play some hot rod songs and go Back Home Again in Indiana.

Viking Viking Twang celebrates its 40th episode with some goofiness, both bluegrass and rockabilly, and a tribute to the great Texas swing fiddler Johnny Gimble, who passed away May 9 at the age of 88.

We live up to our name this week on Viking Twang, starting with some great twangy women. Then, a live show by Steve Earle from 1999, and a final set by George “Thumper” Jones.

The home-and-away series between Viking Twang and the Josh Cole Bluegrass Show came to the KPSU studios today — and you win! Josh played a live show from Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, recorded in 1977 at the Masonic Temple on the corner of Southeast 39th Avenue and Hawthorne. Plus, a special surprise guest […]

This week’s Viking Twang features tracks from the classic 1972 album “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.” The Los Angeles-based hippie Nitty Gritty Dirt Band brought some of the greatest country and bluegrass musicians of the time to record over a few days in August, 1971. The result is one of the finest, most accessible country […]


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