Senator Udall Swings By . . Plus the Scoop on this Week’s Show!
By Helen ~ April 3, 2013
As Nick sometimes says, “Holy Samolians!”
Have we got a show for you this week! World-class artists Marcia Ball and Paul Thorn join us for a program steeped in the musical traditions of the American south, with a generous serving of great conversation to go along with the music:
Marcia Ball is an old friend, one we’ve known for many years – she’s like no other: a foot stomping, piano playing, exciting songwriter with a voice that is strong and sassy and soulful, and a sound to match (she’s one of the best keyboard players alive today). All these qualities have earned her a worldwide reputation as a dynamic performer who never fails to provide a full-tilt roadhouse ‘rhythm n’ blues’ party every time she takes the stage. This week’s appearance in eTown is no exception. (BTW Marcia’s also a rabble rouser, in both the musical and political sense, and she’ll share thoughts about both with us.)
Then there’s eTown newcomer Paul Thorn. He is, in a word, a hoot. Paul’s muscular brand of roots music speaks volumes. His current CD, Pimps & Preachers, showcases not only his impressive songwriting style and killer voice, but also his unusual family dynamic (his father is a Church of God Pentecostal minster; his uncle – his father’s brother – spent many years as a pimp!). It’s a combo that’s had a powerful influence on Paul, resulting in some great stories and even better songwriting. His music is just damn great. He’s one of the best singers to come along in quite a while. (I want to go on record saying that his conversation with Nick is possibly THE funniest we’ve ever featured on the show; you will not want to miss this one!)
In other news:
We had a lovely surprise this past Saturday; Colorado’s very own United States Senator Mark Udall made time, during his very busy visit back to his home state, to stop by for a tour of eTown Hall.
Senator Udall is such a conscious man, one who’s been concerned for decades about preserving the beauty and integrity of the Western landscape, as well as the planet-at-large (as a matter of fact he comes from a long line of distinguished lawmakers). Mark has been into exploring solutions to environmental problems since way before it was fashionable to do so; he continues to look out for the welfare of his fellow citizens and of the Earth with a passion and an intelligence that’s truly impressive. I feel so lucky to have him represent the great state of Colorado!
I loved what he had to say about the building in a recent tweet: “Inspired to see the combo of community, the arts and sustainability.” What a cool guy! He and his wife, Maggie Fox, are hard-working, accomplished, concerned, incredible people, and I feel truly honored (and humbled) to know them both.
Hope you have a great week, talk soon! (And check out the videos below to get an idea of the fun broadcast this week.)