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Dig into Summertime (the song and the season), tonight on Folkadelphia Radio

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On the most recent episodes of Folkadelphia Radio, we’ve been featuring a segment where we dig a little deeper into the history, narrative, and impact of songs that we all, for the most part, collectively know and love. These are songs that are not only important to folk music, but to all styles of music. On the show, we’ve heard songs like “Pretty Polly,” “Yellow Rose of Texas,” “Katie Cruel,” and other songs that generally are not associated with a particular author. The exceptions during the segment have been Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.” I personally think that these songs have had a very strong impact on folk music and beyond. This week we feature another penned song – “Summertime” composed by George Gershwin and lyrics by DuBose Heyward for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. Continue reading →

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Download Khari Mateen’s cover of George Gershwin’s “Summertime”

We’re in the throws of summertime, folks. As if the burning sun and humid air wasn’t enough to tip you off. To celebrate, eclectic local producer / electronic artist / songwriter / visionary Khari Mateen recorded a suave cover of the George Gershwin standard, intermingling funky beats, graceful string parts, and breathless singing; the cover art (above) strikes a warm and comforting seasonal vibe, with Mateen jamming on cello and surrounded by verdant greenery in his Manayunk backyard. Ease on up and listen to it below, or grab a free download at Bandcamp.