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It seems we’re inundated with news these days. With 24-hour network coverage, many stories come at us over and over during the day. This week and next we offer a remedy for these difficult times with humorous songs with little political content. We'll hear from Loudon Wainwright III, The Princes of Serendip, Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, Andy Breckman, Peter Mayer and many more. So turn off the TV, put down your cell phone and newspaper and have a laugh … compliments of The Sing Out! Radio Magazine.

Episode #19-22: Humor in Difficult Times Pt.1
Host: Tom Druckenmiller

Artist/”Song”/CD/Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways
Bowhunter / “Violin vs Fiddle-L'ville (Snake Hunt)” / Four Hands Round / Self Produced
Loudon Wainwright III / “Cardboard Boxes” / I'm Alright / Rounder
The Princes of Serendip / “A Scientific Love Song” / Yumpatiddly Bee / Jaiya Records
Dan Berggren / “Fix it os Stop Complaining” / Fresh Territory / Sleeping Giant
The Ragtime Rumors / “Way Too Smart” / Rag 'N Roll / Ruf

Old Man Luedecke / “Lego and Renaissance Painting” / Live at the Chester Playhouse / True North
Old Man Leudecke / “Girl with the Pearl Earing” / Live at the Chester Playhouse / True North
Carla Gover / “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” / Gypsy Ways / Self Produced
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks / “Shorty Falls in Love” / Where's the Money / MCA
Bowhunter / “The Saddest Thing-Ten Strike” / Four Hands Round / Self Produced

John Hartford / “Watching the River Go By” / A Tribute to John Hartford / Blue Plate
Andy Breckman / “Railroad Bill” / Fast Folk A Community of Singers & Songwriters / Smithsonian Folkways
Robin & Linda Williams / “Herding Cattle in a Caddilac Coupe Deville / Live in Holland / Strictly Country
Maria Muldaur / “Don't You Make Me High (Don't You Feel My Leg)” / Maria Muldaur / Reprise
The Volo Bogtrotters / “Don't Try It Cause It Can't Be Done” / Old-Time String Band with Vocal Accompaniment / Marimac
Peter Mayer / “The Introvert Song” / Elements / Blue Boat
Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer”(excerpt) / Songs of Hope and Struggle / Smithsonian Folkways