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Migratory Instruments

The wandering minstrel, the column of spirited volunteers, the cowboy far from home, the cross-country automobile adventure. All these archetypal, iconic events have their own soundtracks, oral histories and musical artifacts. Nathan Salsburg selects a few rarely heard tracks from his historic archives. With Sidney Stripling, Othar Turner and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band, Ed and Lonnie Young, Jenks "Tex" Carman and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.


Goodbye Dear Old Stepstone


Traditional, folk, vernacular, endangered, and extinct music from America and elsewhere. Hosted by Nathan Salsburg, an archivist, producer, and writer based in Louisville, Kentucky.

He has worked for the The Alan Lomax Archive since 2000, for which he currently serves in the capacities of production manager, photo and video archivist, and general digital catalog editor. Salsburg maintains an index of online vernacular music resources at his blog,, contributes occasional music writing to the Louisville Eccentric Observer and the Other Music weekly update, and is curator of Twos & Fews, a vernacular music imprint in collaboration with Chicago's Drag City label.