Elephant Revival Tune 'Pasture' Made To 'Rock The Earth'
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 1:55pm
From its opening notes, "Pasture," by the band Elephant Revival, dances through the speakers with a percussive melody from a mandolin, followed up by its duet partner, the fiddle. The band shared this wonderful instrumental during a 2013 in-studio performance and interview with "Simply Folk's" Stephanie Elkins.
WPR Celebrates The Music Of Florence Price
Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 10:15am
Florence Price was an American composer, pianist and teacher, active in the first half of the 20th century, and was the first Black woman to have a work performed by a major American orchestra. We’ll be featuring a wide range of her music during our music programs the week of Feb. 22.
Raye Zaragoza Sings Her Story On 'Woman In Color'
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 4:15pm
Raye Zaragoza named her 2020 album, "Woman in Color," because she saw it as "a coloring book, and every song was a like a little bit of me coloring in my story, of my past and my present and my future." "Being a woman of color in America and someone of mixed race, I’ve always felt like identity is...
Nathans And Ronstadt Premier A New Music Video For 'Ghost Writer'
Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 12:00pm
Writing can be a struggle, whether it’s songwriting or penning a novel. The duo of Aaron Nathans and Michael G. Ronstadt recently explored this territory in their song, "Ghost Writer," the opening track to their 2020 album, "Shadow of the Cyclone." When they perform, Nathans mainly plays guitar and...
'Simply Folk' Hosts Its First Virtual House Band
Saturday, January 2, 2021, 5:05am
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the miles between them, "Simply Folk" listeners shared their voices and their spirit with each other for the show’s annual singalong to be broadcast on Jan. 3. Invited to record their voices singing along to traditional folk songs, 60 listeners and staff members of...
World War I Christmas Truce Of 1914 Serves As A Witness Of Peace
Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 4:30pm
For many, Christmas is a season of peace, and in the middle of World War I, that literally was true. During our own time, when political divisions can feel so extreme, the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 is a welcome gift and witness of peace between supposed enemies. The truce took place just...
In Spite Of It All, 2020 Was A Great Year For Music
Saturday, December 5, 2020, 7:30am
December is here, and with it the end of 2020. I know we’re all a little glad for that, but in the midst of all that’s happened this year, folk musicians continued to create some great music. That’s amazing, when you think about all the challenges, lost gigs and income, and interrupted recording...
WPR Celebrates The Music Of William Grant Still
Thursday, November 5, 2020, 10:10am
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of American composer William Grant Still , and WPR will be featuring a wide range of his works during our music programs the week of Nov. 9, including our weekday classical shows between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
New Folk And Roots Music Releases For Your Halloween Playlist
Thursday, October 22, 2020, 12:20pm
Couldn’t we all use a little seasonal break right about now? Halloween comes at just the right time, with a few pretend frights to take our minds, if only for a moment, off the serious news of the day. Musicians are always coming out with new music appropriate for the holiday, so here are a few releases from the last year, suitable for your holiday playlist.
Celebrating Each Other Through Music: Dr. Jonathan Øverby On 'The Road To Higher Ground'
Friday, October 16, 2020, 10:15am
Dr. Jonathan Øverby has produced "The Road to Higher Ground" on WPR since 2007, playing "world music with African roots and more." Each Saturday at 5 p.m. on NPR News & Music stations, you'll hear songs from many African traditions and music from the African diaspora, but the way Øverby brings the "and more" to his listeners is what makes "Higher Ground" different from other world music shows.
A Turbulent Time Birthed A Turbulent Talent
Thursday, October 1, 2020, 11:00am
Phil Ochs' time among us was fleeting, but he left a legacy of music capturing personal and societal turbulence that continues to reverberate even today.
We Learn The Music From Others
Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 7:20pm
Learning and inspiration can strike us from anywhere and from anyone. The Madison-based Krause Family Band has taken what they’ve learned from others and passed it on with their family’s music.
Science And Spirituality Sing Together
Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 3:05pm
Science and spirituality have often been portrayed as opposites or enemies, but for singer-songwriter Peter Mayer, they are intimately connected. His music has been described as spiritual or mystical, but, he said in a recent interview, "If I would think of myself as a mystic, I would also think of myself as a mystic who is very respectful and interested in science."
'Oh, These Warm Summer Evenings Are Where We Once And Again Shall All Meet'
Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 11:20am
"It's a warm summer evening / I can just hear the Knuckleball Suite / the clover hums along / the little rain clouds finding their feet." That’s how Peter Mulvey starts his musical sketch of the Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Titled "The Knuckleball Suite," a live in-studio performance of the song is featured on the "Simply Folk" 40th anniversary CD. Mulvey recorded it while being interviewed by Stephanie Elkins back in January of 2013 . You can download the song at the link above.
Hope, Beauty, And Community Bring Us Resilience
Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 4:10pm
What gives us resilience? It’s a pertinent question these days, with our country dealing with the twin crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism. While no recipe exists for resilience, we can find the ingredients all around us — beauty, hope, community. All these ingredients come together in one of the tracks from Simply Folk’s 40th anniversary CD, "My Bird Can Sing," by Willy Porter and the Carpe Diem String Quartet .