Philadelphia Folk Festival: Building the Future by Learning from the Past

The words above were spoken by Dom Flemons describing his musical approach during his Sunday afternoon set at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, but could just as easily serve as the mantra for the festival itself. Having just wrapped up its 58th year, the longest continuously running festival in the country offers a diverse lineup of… Continue reading Philadelphia Folk Festival: Building the Future by Learning from the Past

Now Spinning: Koerner, Ray & Glover

Minnesota Folk: 'Spider', 'Little Sun' and 'Snaker' One of my fondest college memories involves a solo trek through a classic November Minnesota snowstorm into Minneapolis to see 'Spider' John Koerner and Tony Glover at the 400 Bar in 2008. As a 19 year old kid, I knew next to nothing about their work, but I… Continue reading Now Spinning: Koerner, Ray & Glover

Now Spinning: Woody Guthrie

"I hate a song that makes you think that you're not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing. Because you are either too old or too young or too fat or too slim or… Continue reading Now Spinning: Woody Guthrie