Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 11:05am
On the song, "Times Won’t Change," Cory Chisel laments how the world we live in doesn’t seem to get better for the people who really need it.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 6:30am
In December 1945, Earl Scruggs joined Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys, bringing the Scruggs-style three-finger banjo playing to the band. Many people point to that moment as the birth of what we now call bluegrass music.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 1:15pm
For Wade Fernandez, music is a way of honoring the past while also ensuring the future. A roots musician and member of the Menominee Nation, Fernandez’s song, "Sawaenemiyah (Blessed)" is the "Simply Folk" download of the month for November.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 3:20pm
Cris Plata is an embodiment of a musical crossroads, having grown up traveling with his family around the United States as migrant farmers. And those travels exposed him to music that melded with the traditional Mexican music that he grew up with.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 2:45pm
Alt-folk musician Simon Balto talks about his songwriting while in the WPR studio for a 2014 "Simply Folk" interview with Stephanie Elkins.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 2:35pm
Nothing beats a live performance, and while we can’t provide you with a concert in your living room, we can come close with the musicians who perform in Wisconsin Public Radio’s studio. This month’s 'Simply Folk' download is a great example of that. Laura Gibson was in WPR's Buck Studio back in...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 10:10am
For the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, variety is the spice of life. The Soldiers Grove-based duo of Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart came out with an album in 2018 titled, "Don't Think About Tomorrow Tonight."
Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 3:55pm
For Amy Ray, the music started in church, or more particularly in church choir.
Thursday, May 9, 2019, 9:30am
When Dom Flemons performed his song, "San Francisco Baby," at the 2014 Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival, the music sounded decades old, but the song was brand new.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 8:00pm
Julie Patchouli and Bruce Hecksell, who perform as the folk duo "Patchouli, said their song, "The Woods," has become something of the pair's musical mantra.
Friday, March 1, 2019, 5:00pm
A well-known musician herself, Tret Fure also has made it possible for other people to share their voices and their music. As an engineer, record producer, songwriting teacher and president of her local musicians’ union, she has been both on stage and behind the music for over 40 years.
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 11:35am
Martha Redbone shares her varied experiences and family background through her music, including a song from an onstage interview for "Simply Folk."
Thursday, January 3, 2019, 10:25am
Lil Rev and Larry Penn talked with "Simply Folk" host Stephanie Elkins back in September 2013 when they shared a performance of their classic, "I'm a Little Cookie."
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 9:55am
We Banjo 3 is a four-piece string band from Galway, Ireland, that plays a blend of music they call "Celtgrass." This recording is from an in-studio interview the group did on "Simply Folk" on May 5, 2016.