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American Songcatcher

Nicholas Edward Williams

Tracing the roots of American music from its cultured past to artists playing it forward, folk musician, musicologist and host Nicholas Edward Williams takes listeners on a unique documentary-style podcast experience. Dive into the stories of centuries-old Traditional songs, immigrants who carried their musical heritage here, and uncover the lives of pioneers and integral musicians who created and... more

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Today, we proudly present something a little different on American Songcatcher. Instead of the usual documentary podcast-style piece, this is a compilation of field recordings I did in Buncombe and Madison Counties just outside of Asheville, NC. Cons... more

a month ago

Today on the program, we present the story of the father of North Mississippi Hill Country Blues, Mississippi Fred McDowell. From humble beginnings, Fred was inspired from the likes of Charley Patton, his neighbor Eli “Booster” Green and the sounds h... more

2 months ago

Today on our program, we present the story of one of the most iconic American Folk songs, born from the lineage of 16th century ballads brought by immigrants from the British Isles, “Shady Grove”. Often used in both dance and courtship, the timeless ... more

3 months ago

Happy release day! Today on our program, we’re delighted to release the first episode of Season 3, diving into the life of renowned songwriter, riverboat pilot, folklorist, song collector, music historian, accomplished fiddler and banjoist, clog & sh... more

4 months ago


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4.9 out of 5 stars from 131 ratings
  • So pleasant

    I enjoy this show for the information - loved the John Hartford and Johnny Cash pieces especially. But I also really appreciate how calming and pleasant the show sounds and feels.

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    Cody_ _
    United States2 months ago
  • A Warm Blanket

    I’ve always been fascinated by the history of American folk music. This podcast could not be more up my alley. In addition to telling the story of artists from the past, it has introduced me to contemporary artists like Charlie Parr, who I don’t think I would have found otherwise. I also like the flexible format where the subject may be an artist, a song, a record label, etc.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Fantastic!

    Stumbled on this while looking for the origin of Peggy-O. I thought it was a Civil War song and had no idea it is even older than the Revolution. I love traditional music and this podcast is a GEM! I will be binging it. The only problem is that I keep stopping the podcast to look things up and listen to more songs. Great idea for a podcast and the presentation is perfect.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Keeping Music Alive

    I can’t get enough of this podcast! I love how it dives into old and new artists. It does a great job of linking artists together through their roots and inspirations.

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    United States5 months ago
  • I love this podcast

    I’m learning so much.

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    Canadaa year ago

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