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 of 2015

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Sorry, I cheated and added #11, which is a new release of a 1987 concert. Two bands from the Baltimore area made this list: Charm City Junction and Bumper Jacksons. Tune in to Detour, the folk, roots and world music show on Sunday, December 6, 5-7pm, to hear Detour’s Top 11 Songs of 2015. The…

Today on Detour 11/29/15

Alice's Restaurant

Time for a Detour tradition: Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. This is “The Massacree Revisited,” a revised version released in 1996. And we’ll still have time for the Detour Cover Set, some immigrant/refugee songs, and the Detour Concert Calendar. Today at 5:00 PM Eastern Time on 89.7 FM Towson/Baltimore and online…

Today on Detour

Charm City Junction

Tune in to Detour, the folk, roots & world music show today at 5:00 for live music from Baltimore’s own Charm City Junction. We’ll also hear tracks from their new CD. Turning to the news, there will be some songs about immigrants and refugees. And the usual Detour Cover Set and Detour Concert Calendar. Listen…

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…