This and That

American Songcatcher host Nicholas Edward Williams hands the podcast reins over to me for a special episode about the song “We Shall Not Be Moved.” Available everywhere podcasts are found.

Ballad of America, Inc.

We’re presenting our multimedia show A Celebration of America’s Music: From Plymouth Rock to Rock & Roll, featuring the Rambling String Band, at the Seminole Theatre in Homestead, Florida. Friday, September 24 is a free livestream show available to schools and homeschoolers, and Saturday, September 25 is in-person and open to the public. Click here for more information and tickets.

Our latest article, Banjo: A Brief History just went live on our website. It covers more than 300 years of banjo, from its roots in West Africa through today. It’s full of images and videos, and it includes playlists for Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube.

We’re just finishing a series of in-person lectures for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Miami. We’re delivering the same series in the fall for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton. Visit Ballad of America Live for information about these programs.

Rambling String Band

We’re preparing for A Celebration of America’s Music: From Plymouth Rock to Rock & Roll at the Seminole Theatre (see above), and doing other in-person shows. Visit for dates.

Karen Feldner

Karen and I are working on new recordings for an EP we plan to release in 2021.


We had a very successful SERFA in Session: A Virtual Gathering in May 2021, Visit the website for videos of key segments. The board is currently planning our upcoming monthly SERFA Sessions and our annual conference scheduled for May 2022, hopefully in-person!