Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 2:45pm
"There may be enough guys with acoustic guitars … spilling their own personal thoughts and problems out onto the world. So I prefer to tell stories about other people's thoughts and problems." That’s how Midwestern alt-folk musician Simon Balto described his songwriting while in the WPR studio for...
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, WI duo of Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart came out with an album in 2018 titled, "Don’t Think About Tomorrow Tonight." With their self-described "brand-new take on old-time country," the songs on the record feature a...
Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 3:55pm
For Amy Ray, the music started in church, or more particularly in church choir. "In my family, we all sung and we took piano when we were young. It was the rule," Ray said. "And then I was in church choir. I mean that's really where it came from initially. I had a really great choir director from...
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.