November 4, 2014 - 8:00am
Here's a review of the most important songs every music fan should hear from Bob Dylan and the Band's new "Basement Tapes" box set.
November 4, 2014 - 8:00am
Nearly 50 years after a batch of rogue home recordings transformed the pop-music world, Bob Dylan has finally released a box set of the legendary "Basement Tapes," including nearly all of the songs set on tape with the Band in Woodstock, N.Y. area. After all this time, the only real surprise here might be taking in how important these recordings wound up being.
October 21, 2014 - 7:00pm
Ida Jo is a singer, songwriter and violinist who recently won the Madison Area Music Association Folk/Americana performer of the year – just the latest in a collection of awards. She recently released a new recording called The Current , and stopped by WPR’s studios with guitarist Scott Lampe and...
October 14, 2014 - 3:00pm
Born in Milwaukee and raised in southwest Wisconsin, Singer-Songwriter Simon Balto recently moved back to the state after living in Chicago. He’s currently pursuing a Ph.D. in History with a focus on African-American studies while continuing to write and perform music. He spent some time at WPR...
September 3, 2014 - 1:45pm
Wisconsin Public Radio is celebrating 35 years of "Simply Folk" on the air. The program started in 1979, with the first show featuring recordings made at the Great River Folk Festival in La Crosse in 1978. Host Stephanie Elkins looks back with music heard that first year, several songs on vinyl,...
July 1, 2014 - 6:45pm
After two years of uncertainty and (near) radio silence, there are signs that Wisconsin's Bon Iver might be ending its extended musical hibernation.
June 24, 2014 - 2:00pm
Mary Gauthier is a favorite of Simply Folk listeners, appreciated for her powerful, evocative songs and raspy voice. She's also Terry Gross's guest on this edition of “Fresh Air” . In classic Terry Gross fashion, the conversation is wide-ranging and candid. Gauthier opens up about a challenging...
June 18, 2014 - 12:15pm
The band Dead Horses , a four-piece folk/bluegrass ensemble based in Oshkosh that’s just finishing up its second album, came in for a session in WPR's Buck Studio. We shared a little conversation, and they provided a preview of five powerful new songs. There was beautiful and effortless four-part...
June 17, 2014 - 12:00pm
The band Dead Horses , a four-piece folk/bluegrass ensemble based in Oshkosh that's just finishing up its second album, came in for a session in WPR's Buck Studio. We shared a little conversation, and they provided a preview of five powerful new songs. There was beautiful and effortless four-part...
April 15, 2014 - 10:15am
If anyone needs a little cheering up after having to dig out the winter hat and gloves again, guitarist John Fahey's "When The Springtime Comes Again" might be the remedy you seek.