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The Signal: 12.27.13


  It was a wintry Saturday afternoon in rural Cecil County, Maryland, at a one-room post office turned furniture shop near the town of Elkton.  Outside the old building, a January wind whistled over snow banks, through the bare branches of trees.  But inside, a warm camaraderie was emanating through the room.  Three musicians sat together, acoustic guitars on their knees, trading stories and songs, and bridging an age-span of three generations between them.  In this special edition of The Signal, producer Aaron Henkin and Maryland Traditions folklorist Cliff Murphy share a selection of recordings made on-site at this multi-generational meeting of the minds, a conversation in songs between folk musicians Burton DeBusk, Hugh Campbell, and Caleb Stine.  

Check out these video excerpts of the program, shot by Travis Ktchens:

Burton sings "The Monkey & the Buzzard" 
Burton, Hugh, and Caleb sing "In the Sweet Bye & Bye" 
Caleb sings "My Service Isn’t Needed Anymore"
Burton meets Caleb