Every Sunday at 5 pm host Paul Hartman dives deep into Americana, Folk, and World music. Detour is home to some of the most interesting music on and off the the beaten track you’ll find on the radio.

Besides roots music from North America, you’re liable to hear the nyckelharpa from Scandinavia, Zulu guitar from Africa, log drums from the South Pacific islands, and other folk and roots-based music as we detour around the globe, no passport required! Acoustic, electric, traditional, contemporary all fit under the Detour umbrella.

Host Paul Hartman brings years of expertise through his more than 20 years as publisher and editor of Dirty Linen, the magazine of Folk and World Music.

Each edition of Detour is archived for one week so you can listen at your convenience.

Paul “Detour” Hartman’s Top 10 Songs of 2014


As heard on Detour, the Folk, Roots and World Music show, Sundays 5-7pm on 89.7 WTMD. 10. James Hill “Promenade” The Old Silo [Borealis] Electric baritone ukulele from Canada. What more can you ask for? 9. Aurelio “Sañanaru” Lándini [RealWorld] Guitar-driven music by Garifuna troubadour from Caribbean coast of Honduras. 8. Bumper Jacksons “When the…

Paul “Detour” Hartman’s Top 11 Songs of 2013


Note that there aren’t any numbers. It’s tough to rank them 1-10, so these are not in any particular order. Artist — song — album — label — notes John Flynn “You Can’t Tell” (single) [] Elemotho “Mosiele” My Africa [ARC Music] Namibia David Francey “American Blues” So Say We All [Red House] Canada/Scotland Väsen…

Paul “Detour” Hartman’s Top 10 Songs of 2012


In no particular order: 1. White Freightliner Blues by Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott 2. Heartland Sea by Cahalen Morrison & Eli West 3. Toujours Amants by Le Vent du Nord 4. Aïma Ymaïma by Terakaft 5. If You Were Mine by Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac 6. Roll the Woodpile Down by Bellowhead…

Free world music sampler download

Yinguica: Marrabenta Music From Mozambique

ARC Music is offering a free 19-track world music sampler download. To access the download all you need to do is sign up for their monthly newsletter by going to and follow the link for the free download. For more music from around the globe check out Detour, the folk, roots, and world music…

Alice’s Restaurant (The Massacree Revisited) on Detour

Alice's Restaurant

It’s a Detour tradition for the Sunday after Thanksgiving — “Alice’s Restaurant (The Massacree Revisited),” Arlo Guthrie‘s epic story of a Thanksgiving feast gone awry. This is the 1996 version with added commentary about Chip Carter (president Jimmy Carter’s son), Richard Nixon, and a certain infamous 18½ minute gap… plus all your favorite moments of the original,…

Detour gets hammered! (dulcimer, that is)


Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has been called a major part of the rebirth of the hammered dulcimer in the US and is recognized as “one of today’s most accomplished, musical hammered dulcimer artists… A hammered dulcimer player of great taste and sophistication” (Elderly). He is equally adept at playing fiddle in old-time, Appalachian, and Celtic styles….