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American Songcatcher

Nicholas Edward Williams
MusicMusic History

Tracing the roots of American music from its cultured past to artists playing it forward, join folk musician Nicholas Edward Williams in thi audio documentary-style podcast series. Each episode uncovers the lesser-known journey behind one traditional song, followed by four stories of musicians in American roots music, up to someone carrying tradition today. From immigrants who brought their music to Appalachia, to songs of the South: Gospel, Blues, Country, and the Folk music derived from it all. We'll go behind the curtain of the pioneers, and hear the stories of the under-represented. Support this podcast:


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5 out of 5 stars from 72 ratings
  • Fantastic Podcast!

    American Songcatcher is an exceptional and detailed dive into the history of American roots music. Nicholas Edward Williams’s studies of the origins and evolution of these timeless traditions are phenomenal in both their scholarship and warmth, and his talents as a musician shine to boot! Highly recommended!

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    Stutz Writes
    United Statesa year ago
  • The music history podcast you didn’t know you needed

    American Songcatcher has quickly became my favorite podcast to listen after discovering it a few months ago! As a musician with a passion for traditional music it’s fascinating to learn about some of my favorite songs, and to learn about songs I’ve never heard before that have been influential in American music. My favorite part of the podcast is Nicholas’s renditions of various traditional songs at the end of each episode, he has a smooth, beautiful and his guitar-picking is sweet as honey! May... more

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    The Real Fake Chow
    United Statesa year ago
  • Great Podcast on the History of Folk/Blues/Americana Music

    This has been one of the bright spots from the pandemic. The show is well researched starting with early forms of American Music, bringing the listener forward through time of songsters through to current artists. There is a thread in each episode that carries to the end. It provides great history of this music with wonderful anecdotes. Each of these musicians has a great story that created the impetus to become the musician they become. While most of them are gone, they are very relevant t... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • Awesome Show

    This is a great show and it has some top notch guests. The host’s performances are a real treat as well. If you like to draw inspiration from your favorite folk singers history then this show is for you.

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    Mr. Sitting Up
    United Statesa year ago
  • My new favorite podcast.

    Well thought out and researched, the musical performances are wonderful as well. Thank you for this gem of a podcast!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago

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