Exploring links in… punk and old-time music?

Yep, in a new radio show from McKissick Museum

Join host and McKissick Museum Folklife Program Coordinator Ian Hallagan as he explores the rich multitude of connections and conflicts both between, and within the punk/metal and old-time/traditional music communities.

At first glance, these communities share very little. Over the past three decades, people who self-identify with punk and/or old-time musical communities have both found common ground and trod contested terrain. In this radio show, Hallagan talks with individuals situated in both musical communities about their experiences of making music that sits comfortably and sometimes not so comfortably at the intersection of what most people would regard as two very different musical genres.

This week, Ian will sit down with multi-instrumentalist Mark Rubin. Known for his larger-than-life persona and muscular musicianship, Rubin is an unabashed Southern Jew. Oklahoma-born, Texas-reared, and now living in New Orleans, he has accompanied or produced a virtual who’s-who of American traditional music, while straddling numerous musical genres, including Country, Western Swing, Bluegrass, Cajun, Tex-Mex, Polka, Klezmer, Roma, and more in his 30+ year career. He is perhaps best known for co-founding the notorious proto-Americana band Bad Livers, though his more recent work as a first call tuba and bass player in the klezmer music scene has earned him equivalent notoriety. Today, he lives and works as a professional musician in New Orleans and makes a study of the musical traditions and cultures of South Louisiana.

Punk & Old-Time: Conversations on Community, Conflict, and Cohesion airs weekly on WUSC Radio (90.5 FM), Thursdays at 2 p.m. and online.

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