J.J. Cale (2002)
This week we are throwing it back to 2002 for an episode featuring one of the most influential songwriters of our time, J.J. Cale.
Over a career that spanned more than a dozen albums of his own, beginning with ‘Naturally’ in 1972, Cale cultivated a quiet anonymity, doing few interviews, rarely performing live, and keeping his picture off his album covers in the first decade and a half of his career. However, in spite of his low profile, Cale exerted an influence on multiple generations of musicians that is prevalent all over popular music today.
We had the pleasure of welcoming J.J. to eTown back in August of 2002 for a rousing performance that featured intimate solo tunes along with a few rockin’ classics with his band, including one of his most famous tunes ‘After Midnight’, made famous by Eric Clapton. J.J. would’ve turned 79 this month so in honor of him, wherever you are, kick back and enjoy the timeless songwriting of Mr. J.J. Cale.
John Hartford (2001)
This week we send birthday greetings to an icon, an American musical legend, and a good friend, Mr. John Hartford. John would’ve been turning 80 years old this week. This segment is from just a few weeks before John lost his battle with cancer back in 2001. John was joined by his friends David Grisman and Pete Seeger as Retrograss. Enjoy this one from the archives and join us in honoring the music of John Hartford.
The Wood Brothers (2006)
This week we’d like to send some birthday love out to the one and only Chris Wood from The Wood Brothers. If you’ve ever seen Chris perform then you understand why he is the one and only. There aren’t many people out there that can play the upright bass quite like him or dance quite like him.
Chris and his brother Oliver came together as The Wood Brothers back in 2004 and shortly after we had the pleasure of welcoming them to eTown in 2006. Along with their third member, multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix, Chris and Oliver put on quite the show. Enjoy this one from the archives and if you get the chance, go see The Wood Brothers live!
eTown Archive – Lyle Lovett (1991)
This week we’re digging deep as we throw it back to our first season in 1991 for an excerpt featuring our friend and prolific singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett. Lyle was one of the first artists to hop on board with eTown and over the years he has graced the eTown stage 4 times. It’s always a good day when his music is in rotation. We hope you enjoy this one as much as we have been!
eTown Archive – Ben Harper (1994)
This week we’re looking back on a special show from all the way back in 1994 featuring our longtime friend, prolific singer and songwriter Ben Harper. It’s really hard to put Ben’s music down into one genre as he has covered so much ground throughout his career. We recently saw Ben perform on his tour with fellow blues legend Charlie Musselwhite, and it was yet another example of Ben’s curious and excellent musical creation.
This excerpt happens to be from our 100th taping! It’s always fun to look back on shows like these from the archives. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have!
eTown Archive – Gregory Alan Isakov (2013)
This week we’d like to send a birthday shout out to our longtime friend Gregory Alan Isakov. Greg is a fellow resident in our hometown of Boulder, Colorado and has been joining us on the eTown stage since early on his career, with his first visit a decade ago back in 2008. Since then he has grown quite a bit to the say the least, having headlined the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre numerous times over the past few years, notably with the Colorado Symphony. For this excerpt we send it back to 2013 when Greg joined us for an ‘eTown on the Road’ show up in Ft. Collins, Colorado with The Head and The Heart. Enjoy!
eTown Archive – John Prine (1996)
This week we’re looking back on a special show from all the way back in 1996 featuring legendary singer/songwriter John Prine. John turns 72 this week and is still at it on tour! His most recent release and his 20th album to date, ‘The Tree of Forgiveness’, has drawn rave reviews from across the musical world and is an example that Prine continues to find new places to take his songwriting. If you haven’t already done so, do yourself a favor and give it a listen. In the meantime, wherever you are tuning in today, kick back and enjoy the timeless songwriting of John Prine.
eTown Archive – Nathaniel Rateliff (2013)
This week we’d like to send some birthday love out to our friend Nathaniel Rateliff. Nathaniel is somewhat of a hometime hero in our homestate of Colorado as he gained critical acclaim for his breakout album ‘Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’. He regularly sells out shows around the country including two sold out shows at Red Rocks this year. However, before all that happened, Nathaniel was touring solo in a more stripped down fashion and we were lucky to have him join us at eTown Hall back in 2013.
eTown Archive – Gillian Welch & David Rawlings (1999)
eTown Archive – Ani DiFranco w/ Utah Phillips (1996)
This week we’re throwing it all the way back to 1996 with iconic singer/songwriter/activist and longtime friend of the show Ani Difranco. For this show, Ani was joined by folk singer, storyteller and poet Utah Phillips, who is truly one of a kind. Enjoy!
eTown Archive – Moby (2009)
This week we’re throwing it back to 2009 with legendary electronic musician, singer/songwriter, producer and activist Moby. Moby is most well known for his work in the electronic genre but here he joins us in a more stripped-down acoustic setting for this intimate performance that we recorded in Baltimore. Enjoy!
eTown Archive – Leo Kottke (1992)
This week we’re sending birthday love out to legendary guitarist and longtime friend of the show Leo Kottke. Leo has been with us almost from the very beginning, as he joined us in our second season all the way back in 1992. Leo is a true master of his instrument and his signature fingerpicking style was on display here along with his humorous banter in between tunes.
eTown Archive – Loudon Wainwright III (1993)
This week we’d like to send some birthday love to the one-and-only Loudon Wainwright III. We’ve had the pleasure of having Loudon on the show 9 times throughout the years, the first of which is this excerpt from 1993. His classic wit was on display!
eTown Archive – Willie Nelson (1996)
This week we’re going all the way back to August 22, 1996, when we had the pleasure of welcoming country music legend Willie Nelson to the eTown stage. Willie is one of the best songwriters, storytellers, singers and guitar players that we know and we’re so thrilled that he is still at it at age 85. Kick back and enjoy this excerpt from the archives!
eTown Archive – John Hiatt (1995)
Fresh out of the eTown Archives this week is an excerpt from a special eTown show from all the way back in 1995 featuring master lyricist and satirical storyteller John Hiatt! John has released an astounding 23 albums throughout his career and we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming him to the eTown stage 3 times.
eTown Archive – Steve Martin w/ The Steep Canyon Rangers (2012)
This week we’re sending birthday love out to the legendary, actor, comedian, author, and musician Steve Martin. Steve has always included his banjo playing in his comedy routines throughout his career and has been focused more on playing music since the early 2000s. He often collaborates with fellow bluegrass group The Steep Canyon Rangers, who you’ll hear him with right here, in this excerpt from a special eTown Taping at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 2012.
eTown Archive – Rodney Crowell (2003)
eTown Archive – Buddy Guy (2001)
eTown Archive – Arlo Guthrie (1995)
In celebration of Arlo Guthrie’s 70th birthday this past week we wanted to look back on a classic eTown episode from February 1995, the first time Arlo visited eTown. He was joined by his son Abe for part of his set and even shared some of his poetry about Moose in Massachusetts. Enjoy!
eTown Archive – Béla Fleck and the Flecktones (1999)
This week we’re sending out some birthday love to the legendary banjo master Béla Fleck. In celebration, join us in revisiting this special show from 1999 with Béla and his equally legendary band the Flecktones – Victor Wooten, Future Man, and Jeff Coffin.
John Paul White / Marley’s Ghost / Kathleen Baumgardner (FoCo Cafe)
In this week’s episode, we’re joined by singer/songwriter/producer John Paul White who originally joined us back in 2011 as part of the widely popular musical duo The Civil Wars. Our longtime friends in the genre-bending Americana group Marley’s Ghost also stop in for another visit to eTown Hall’s solar-powered stage. Lots of great music and conversation with our musical guests, plus we’ll check in with a great Colorado-based organization that’s providing organic and nutritious meals in the community, regardless of someone’s ability to pay.
eTown Archive – Peter Rowan & Charles Sawtelle (1993)
eTown Archive – In Remembrance of Henry Butler (2003)
Today we remember Henry Butler, who passed away this week at the age of 69. Butler was a cornerstone of the New Orleans sound and a prime force in the city’s piano tradition. Away from the piano, in spite of being blind, Butler was an enthusiastic photographer, which you can hear all about in Nick’s interview with him from his visit to eTown in 2003.
Brother Ali / Chuck Prophet / Laura Tenenbaum (Oceans Melting Greenland Project)
It’s an eclectic encore broadcast this week as we revisit our show featuring hip-hop artist and community activist Brother Ali, who shares his unique take on rap music, as well as stories on his background, what it was like growing up with albinism, and his musical quest to spread a positive message through music. Also with us is long-time friend of the show, Chuck Prophet, plus a check in with Laura Tenenbaum, a scientist from NASA, to hear about the challenges and triumphs the organization has experienced over the last few years.
eTown Archive – Chuck Prophet (2009)
If anyone was born with a rock and roll heart, it’s Chuck Prophet. A long-time friend of the show, Chuck has gained a cult following since he began recording and producing music in 1985. He’s been on the show 4 times and today we look back on one of our favorites from 2009. “Let Freedom Ring” – “Barely Exist” – “You and Me Baby (Holding On)”
eTown Archive – Colin Hay (2013)
Scottish-born, Australian singer/songwriter Colin Hay, of Men at Work fame, has always been a fan-favorite when he visits the eTown stage. He has accomplished quite a lot throughout his solo career, putting out 13 albums! Join us as we revisit his trip to eTown from back in 2013.
eTown On The Road: JJ Grey / Cicada Rhythm / Melaney Smith (Books For Keeps)
In this week’s ‘back by popular demand’ podcast/broadcast, eTown turns on the southern charm as the crew heads to Athens, Georgia for a very special installment of our ‘eTown on the road’ ongoing series. We’ll be coming to you from the legendary Georgia Theater, joined by both a local musical group Cicada Rhythm and our longtime eTown friend (and singer/songwriter extraordinaire) JJ Grey. We’ll have lots of great music plus a conversation with a local woman whose Georgia-based nonprofit organization provides books to low-income children in the area.
eTown Archive – KT Tunstall (2007)
eTown Archive – Grace Potter (2010)
This week we’ve dug up a show from May of 2010 featuring Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. At the time Grace and her band were emerging as one of the nation’s foremost rock bands with a rabid fan following. Now, in 2018, Grace has solidified herself as one of the foremost female rockers in music today. Sit back, enjoy, and if you feel inclined, leave a comment.
Dave Alvin / Jimmie Dale Gilmore / Elaine Hamel (Girls at Work)
It’s an hour packed full of great songwriting and storytelling on the airwaves this week with singer/songwriter/guitarist/poet Dave Alvin and singer/songwriter/actor Jimmie Dale Gilmore. We dig deep into the songbooks of each artist, and hear some great road stories and insights into the many influences that have shaped their musical styles. Jimmie and Dave will perform both solo and together, inviting their old friend and past musical collaborator Nick Forster to join in. Find out what happens when three life-long musical friends take the stage in this week’s special episode. Lots of great music and conversation with our guests this week, plus a wonderful eChievement Award story about a New Hampshire-based woman who’s working hard to empower women and girls in her area.
eTown Archive – David Gray @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre (2006)
English singer/songwriter David Gray was catapulted into the spotlight with the release of his album ‘White Ladder’ in 1998. Since then, we’ve had the pleasure of having David on the show 3 times. One of those times was at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre here in home state of Colorado in 2006. Today we revisit that show, complete with Nick Forster’s backstage interview with David.
eTown Archive – Ray LaMontagne (2008)
This week we are kicking off our weekly dig into the eTown Archives with a special snippet from a show back in 2008 at the Boulder Theatre with Ray LaMontagne.Be on the lookout as we will be releasing tons of content from the Archives weekly. Wherever you are this Saturday, sit back and enjoy!
Leftover Salmon / Paul Thorn / Jen Kay (CU Boulder)
We’re joined this week by the high energy band and old friends Leftover Salmon, known for their fast licks, clever lyrics and fun loving stage presence. Also with us, singer/songwriter Paul Thorn, who brings his muscular brand of roots rock – bluesy, at times rocking and always infectious. Plus Nick talks with scientist and professor Jen Kay about some alarming developments in global warming.
Rodney Crowell / Robert Ellis / Mona Purdy (Share Your Soles)
It’s a special encore broadcast this week, featuring two-time Grammy Award winner and legendary singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell to the solar-powered stage at eTown Hall. Rodney joins forces with eTown host Nick Forster and the eTown house band to share music from his recent collection of recordings entitled Close Ties. Also joining us is talented Texas singer/songwriter Robert Ellis. Plus there’s a great eChievement Award story about an Illinois woman who founded an organization that provides shoes and other vital necessities to people in need around the world.
The Travelin’ McCourys / Liz Vice / Lina Sergie Attar (Karam Foundation)
This week we’re joined on the air by the Nashville, TN-based bluegrass band The Travelin’ McCourys. As the sons of the legendary Del McCoury, Ronnie and Rob McCoury continue their father’s legacy of stellar bluegrass music (along with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram). We’re also visited by Gospel, soul, and R&B vocalist Liz Vice who’s been making quite a name for herself around the country. We’ll round things out with an eChievement Award story about a woman bringing sustainable support to those suffering from the war in Syria.
Calexico / Ray Wylie Hubbard / Veronika Scott (The Empowerment Plan)
This week, hosts Nick and Helen Forster welcome the eclectic, Latin/country/jazz/rock influenced sound of Arizona-based music veterans Calexico to the eTown airwaves. And Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard shares some great music and hilarious stories. Our eChievement Award story this week focuses on a young Detroit woman who’s found a brilliant way to provide warmth for the homeless during the bitter winters in her town. It’s a great hour of music and conversation – this week in eTown!
Noam Pikelny / The Lee Boys / Jonathan Rose
In this week’s ‘back by popular demand’ broadcast/podcast, Punch Brothers’ band member and banjo impresario Noam Pikelny shares some of his original songs from his latest CD as a solo artist. Also with us is the Miami-based “sacred steel” band The Lee Boys, who bring their powerhouse, gospel-influenced sound to eTown’s solar-powered stage. And Nick has a conversation with New York-based entrepreneur, environmentalist and author Jonathan Rose about his latest book, The Well-Tempered City, which covers the benefits of repurposing old buildings into sustainable structures.
Billy Strings / Jon Stickley Trio / Arif Khan (Depave)
This week on the air, we’re joined by up-and-coming bluegrass artist Billy Strings. Whether sharing stages with acoustic music royalty, crisscrossing the nation playing as a solo artist or performing high-energy, jaw-dropping sets at festivals, the reaction to Billy Strings tends to come in two varieties: “Who is this guy?” and “That kid can play!” Also with us is the progressive instrumental group, the Jon Stickley Trio. Plus we’ll have a conversation with our eChievement Award winner of the week, Arif Khan, founder of the nonprofit Depave, a group that’s transforming abandoned paved places into urban gardens, parks and more.
David Bromberg Quintet / Jonatha Brooke / Himalayan Cataract Project
It’s a special encore broadcast/podcast as we revisit an eTown fan favorite. Multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, musical icon and old friend David Bromberg, plus talented Americana folk/rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jonatha Brooke, provide great music this week. Plus we’ll feature yet another inspiring eChievement Award story, this time about Dr. Geoff Tabin, a man helping the blind see again in third world countries.
Marlon Williams / Esmé Patterson / Doug Vilsack (Elephant Energy)
This week on the eTown airwaves we’re joined by award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist and New Zealand native Marlon Williams! Known until recently for performing more in the country, bluegrass, and folk realm, Marlon‘s latest musical direction explores several different genres ranging anywhere from pop to 50s doo-wop to country/Americana crooning in a way that reveals his ever-reaching efforts to grow and evolve as a musician. Also with us is indie-folk singer/songwriter Esmé Patterson, who has been making some waves over the last couple years since going solo. All of that plus a conversation with Doug Vilsack, founder of Elephant Energy, a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing small-scale renewable energy to African countries and the Navajo Nation.
eTown Archive Special: A conversation w/ Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson (10/20/1996)
In honor of Earth Day (also eTown’s B’earth Day), we have dug into the eTown archives and unearthed Nick Forster’s interview from 1996 with former United States Senator, environmental advocate, and Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson. Nelson was a leading figure in the fight against environmental degradation and social injustice in the twentieth century, and as you’ll learn through this conversation and see throughout the world today, his legacy lives on.
William Bell / Alejandro Escovedo / Justin Kruger (Project Helping)
eTown welcomes legendary soul singer/songwriter William Bell for his very first visit to eTown. Known throughout the world for penning such soul classics as “You Don’t Miss Your Water” and “Born Under A Bad Sign”, William takes the stage with eTown’s house band to share music from his latest release, as well as a few classics. Also with us is eTown newcomer Alejandro Escovedo who brings his stellar band to share his unique version of punk-influenced rock and roll. Lots of great music and conversation with our visiting artists this week, plus a great eChievement Award story about a man in Colorado who uses the power of community service to improve mental wellness.
Jessica Lea Mayfield / Birds of Chicago / Twesigye Jackson Kaguri (Nyaka Aids Orphans Project)
This week on the eTown airwaves we’re joined by talented singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield. She shares a bunch of new music from her latest album, Sorry Is Gone, which explores love and loss from the bitter to the sweet. Also with us is Birds of Chicago, an eTown favorite! This uber-gifted husband & wife musical combo (JT Nero and Allison Russell) are definitely worth checking out. Great singing, coupled with thoughtful songwriting, truly the whole package. Rounding out this show is eChievement Award winner Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, founder of Nyaka Aids Orphans Project, an organization that provides free education to children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. We’re so honored to feature him as this week’s eChievement Award.
Sarah Jarosz / Hymn For Her / Paula Klaussen (Project Mercy)
This week, we welcome back long-time friend and musical virtuoso Sarah Jarosz to the eTown airwaves to share from her latest collection of songs. Sarah continues to skyrocket in her career, all while doing things her own way. We’ll learn more about what’s happening in her world these days, during her conversation with eTown host Nick Forster. Also, eTown newcomers Hymn For Her bring their unique brand of Americana music to eTown’s solar-powered stage. All of this, plus a one-of-a-kind musical finale collaboration, and an inspiring eChievement Award story – this week in eTown.
Tyminski / Angel Snow / Henry Red Cloud (Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center)
This week, we welcome genre bending multi-instrumentalist and vocalist extraordinaire Tyminski (you may remember him as a member of Union Station; he’s also familiar to many as the singing voice for George Clooney’s on-screen character in ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ and, more recently, as lead vocalist on Avicii’s international pop hit “Hey Brother”). We’re also joined by up-and-coming, indie-folk singer/songwriter, Angel Snow. Rounding things out, our eChievement Award story this week features Native American Henry Red Cloud, who sits down with Nick to discuss his efforts to bring solar power, green technology and employment to reservations throughout the country.
John Oates / Lilly Hyatt / Helen Thorpe (Author of “The Newcomers”)
We’re joined this week by rock/R&B/soul guitarist, singer/songwriter (and half of legendary duo Hall & Oates) John Oates! His new solo project Arkansas is inspired by the music and legacy of the legendary Mississippi John Hurt and encompasses other artists and styles that represent the dawn of American popular music. Also with us is Tennessee-based singer/songwriter Lilly Hiatt (daughter of John Hiatt), who has become a fixture of the indie scene in Nashville. And Nick sits down for a conversation with renowned author Helen Thorpe, whose latest work, ‘The Newcomers,’ is a powerful and moving account of how refugee teenagers, many of whom have left extremely dangerous situations in their homelands, come to America to learn a new language and a new culture, in the hopes of finding a new beginning.
Steep Canyon Rangers / Matt the Electrician / Susan Chidley (Children Without Shoes Int’l)
In this week’s encore broadcast, Grammy Award-winning bluegrass outfit Steep Canyon Rangers bring their energetic sound back to eTown to share music from their recent collection of songs, fittingly titled Radio. Also with us this week is Austin-based singer/songwriter Matt The Electrician who brings his unique and witty music to the eTown stage, where he joins forces with Nick, Helen and the eTones for a few numbers. All of this, plus a great eChievement Award story about a woman who found a way to provide shoes to underprivileged children in Nicaragua.
Hot Rize & Friends: Stuart Duncan, Jerry Douglas & Sam Bush
This week features an impressive line-up of bluegrass impresarios. The legendary band Hot Rize (whose members include Pete Wernick, Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton and eTown’s own Nick Forster) celebrates its 40th anniversary with special guests and bluegrass heavy hitters Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan and Jerry Douglas. Grounded in the bluegrass traditions of artists like Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers, the members of Hot Rize have forged a path and a sound all their own since forming back in 1978. This beloved and iconic band continues to create new and inspired music as showcased in their most recent album ‘When I’m Free’. Don’t miss this hour of classic bluegrass and a special audience Q&A with Hot Rize (led by eTown’s Helen Forster)!
Beth Hart / John McEuen / Diane Cohen (Finger Lakes ReUse)
In this week’s back-by-popular demand re-airing, eTown welcomes the incredibly gifted singer/songwriter and piano virtuoso Beth Hart to the solar-powered stage at eTown Hall. Plus our longtime friend John McEuen, iconic American musician and founding member of the beloved Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, returns to the show. And we’ll hear a great eChievement Award story about a woman in New York who’s headed up a highly successful ‘re-use and recyling’ program, repurposing everything from building materials to some of the most difficult of items that would normally end up in a landfill. Hope you’ll join us . . . in eTown!
Väsen / Sam Amidon / Robert Adamson (One Bistro)
This week’s eTown program features a deep dive into folk music styles from around the world. First up, the prolific Swedish folk band Väsen makes its first appearance on the show. Their musical collaboration has spanned decades; theirs is a rich, unique, beautiful sound, and their performance on eTown features rare, one-of-a-kind instruments. Joining us for his second visit to eTown is American folk artist and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon, who shares his recent stripped down musical explorations. Plus we’ll bring you a great eChievement Award story about an Ohio man who created a ‘pay what you can afford’ restaurant in his community to serve those in need, while bringing a wide variety of citizens, rich and poor, together to share a meal and connect each day.
Colin Hay / Doyle Bramhall II / Kate Greenberg (National Young Farmers Coalition)
In this popular re-airing, eTown welcomes back one of the most recognizable musical voices of our generation, Colin Hay (of Men at Work fame), who brings music from his latest collection of recordings. And Austin guitar virtuoso Doyle Bramhall II makes his eTown debut this week to share new songs plus discuss his illustrious musical path that includes working with Steve Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and many others. Plus Nick talks with a representative of a young farmer’s group about the challenges of starting out in agriculture today. That’s this week, in eTown!
Blind Pilot / Mirah / George Basch (Himalayan Stove Project)
eTown welcomes two newcomers to the fold this week for lots of great music and conversation. Indie-folk outfit Blind Pilot makes the trek to eTown’s solar-powered stage from Portland, Oregon to share music from their latest effort, entitled And Then Like Lions. Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Mirah also makes her first stop in eTown. You’ll learn more about her DIY approach to writing and recording music, plus her interesting life growing up in a family of traveling activists, during her interview with eTown host Nick Forster. All of this plus an excellent eChievement Award story about a group that is combating the negative health and environmental effects of primitive cooking methods in the Himalayas.
Fruition / Baskery / Sophia Watkins (Forest Fund)
eTown hosts Nick and Helen Forster welcome up-and-coming, Portland, Oregon-based group Fruition for their first eTown appearance. Fresh off the festival circuit, Fruition is quickly building fans around the country with their unique take on acoustic-driven, high energy music. Also joining us for a first visit is the Swedish alt-Americana group Baskery, three multi-instrumentalist sisters who are each a musical force of their own. We’ve got lots of great music and conversation with our musical guests, plus we’ll check in with a young American woman currently living in Brazil who’s launched an innovative initiative there to combat deforestation in the Amazon. Don’t miss it!
Dar Williams / Piers Faccini / Emily Stromquist (Food For Hope)
eTown welcomes back long-time friend, singer/songwriter Dar Williams to the stage at eTown Hall to hear her latest musical creations, plus some great conversation with eTown host Nick Forster. English singer/songwriter and painter Piers Faccini also makes a return visit to eTown this week, plus a great eChievement Award story about a Colorado woman who developed a great program to help combat child hunger in her area.
The London Souls / Wood & Wire / Thomas Boruff (Leave A Legacy)
In this week’s encore broadcast, eTown hosts Nick and Helen Forster welcome two new and upcoming acts to the solar-powered stage at eTown Hall. First up, New York City-based rock duo The London Souls whose musical influences include Buddy Miles and Jimi Hendrix, while infusing their own special sound. This young duo has been playing music together since their childhood years and it shows. Austin-based bluegrass ensemble Wood & Wire also makes their first visit to share a fresh take on the classic sounds of the genre. All of this, plus a great eChievement Award story about an Oregon man who has developed a program that supplies musical instruments to at-risk kids, teaching them responsibility, cooperation and more.
Deer Tick / Garland Jeffreys / Kathleen Hower (Global Links)
This week in eTown, the Providence, Rhode Island-based alternative group Deer Tick makes a visit to eTown to share their one-of-a-kind sound that has been bending the ears of rabid fans for more than a decade. Also with us is the legendary, genre-bending American singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys, who (by his own account) recorded his first real “Rock and Roll” record in 1977 with Wild In The Streets and has continued to break new ground musically ever since. All of this, plus a great eChievement Award story about a Pennsylvania woman who is preventing new, unused medical supplies from ending up in the landfill and sending them to those that need them in third world countries.
Greensky Bluegrass / Elizabeth Cook / Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
In this week’s back-by-popular-demand airing, eTown welcomes the young (and already widely popular) Greensky Bluegrass to eTown’s solar-powered stage. Since winning the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band in 2006, the band’s career has been on an upward trajectory that is showing no sign of slowing down soon, with headlining slots at some of the country’s most prestigious festivals and venues now a regular occurrence on the band’s yearly touring schedule. Talented country music singer/songwriter Elizabeth Cook also makes her first appearance on the show this week, plus we’ll check in with Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh, a teenage climate activist who is speaking out in major venues around the world about the importance of environmental stewardship, from the perspective of his generation.
Loudon Wainwright III / Heather Maloney / Dan Rountree (Current Problems)
This week, eTown hosts Nick and Helen Forster welcome back folk singer, humorist and actor Loudon Wainwright III to hear some of his latest musical creations, as well as excepts from his recent book – Liner Notes. Also joining us for a return visit to eTown’s solar-powered stage is singer/songwriter Heather Maloney. Lots of great music and conversation with our musical guests this week, plus we’ll hear a great eChievement Award story about a Florida man who is cleaning up rivers and urban coastlines in Northern Florida.
eTown’s Holiday Special
Back by popular demand – This week we delve deep into the eTown archives to pull out some of the best holiday music we’ve heard on the show every year. There’s a little something for everyone under eTown’s musical tree this week to get you into the holiday spirit, whether you’re listening in the car, podcasting, or gathering around the radio at home.
eTown on the Road: Lafayette, LA w/ Sonny Landreth & More
This week, eTown returns to the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana for part two of our two-part exploratory adventure into the origins and vast musical styles native to the Louisiana area. We will take a deep dive into the producers and artists that were recently a part of the Grammy-nominated recording project produced by Joel Savoy and Josh Caffery, entitled I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country. We’ll pick up where we left off last week with music from Ann Savoy, Sonny Landreth, Michael Doucet, The Broussard Sisters and much more. All of this, plus we’ll check in with Marylee Orr, a woman who advocates for local Louisianans affected by industrial pollutants that impact their air, water, land, and life-spans.
eTown on the Road: Lafayette, LA w/ Rhiannon Giddens & More
It’s a not-to-be-missed ‘On the Road’ broadcast this week as eTown heads down to the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana for a very special two-part broadcast that delves into the origins and vast musical styles native to the Louisiana area. We will take a deep dive into the producers and artists that were recently a part of the Grammy-nominated recording project produced by Joel Savoy and Josh Caffery, entitled I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country. Tune in for part one this week, as we’ll lots of great music from Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and banjo player Rhiannon Giddens, Dirk Powell, The Band Courtbouillon, and a host of other artists.
eTown at Red Rocks: Jason Isbell / Amanda Shires
This week it’s another special ‘eTown On The Road’ episode as we return to our favorite home away from home, the beautiful and iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, for an hour of live music with rising stars Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, plus singer/songwriter/violinist Amanda Shires. We’ll hear lots of great music from each artist straight from the Red Rocks stage, plus we’ll check in with them for some backstage interviews to catch up on their latest musical trajectories. It’s an hour of great music and conversation from one of the most beautiful natural music venues on the planet – this week in eTown.
Graham Nash / Eliza Gilkyson
It’s a special encore broadcast this week as we welcome back legendary singer/songwriter and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash for an intimate performance and conversation from eTown’s solar-powered stage. Best known for his world-renowned music with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Graham has enjoyed a prolific career as a solo artist as well, and joins us this week to share music from his latest collection of songs, entitled This Path Tonight. In addition to his status as one of the most influential musicians in the last 40 years, Graham has also spent a lifetime as an activist and pioneer of many important social causes, which makes him a perfect fit for eTown. Plus, Austin, Texas based singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson returns to eTown to round out this eclectic hour of radio filled with surprises!
Delbert McClinton / Robert Finley / Chris Pallister (Gulf of Alaska Keeper)
This week in eTown, Grammy Award-winning blues multi-instrumentalist Delbert McClinton returns to the show for the first time in almost 15 years (his last visit was in 2003) to share tunes from his latest release ‘Prick of the Litter’. Also joining us is blues and soul singer/songwriter and guitarist Robert Finley. Hailing from Louisiana, Finley mixes a Memphis-to-Texas electric southern grit with Nashville-clever songs. He’s gangly and graceful with an indomitable smile that radiates beneath his black ridge-top hat. “I don’t believe in doing a lot of holding back,” Finley says, “I’m going to give you everything I’ve got.” All of this, plus Nick Forster sits down with Chris Pallister of Gulf of Alaska Keeper to learn how his organization is protecting the waters and habitat of the Northern Gulf of Alaska by cleaning up marine debris in Prince William So
Willie Nelson / Kacey Musgraves
It’s a special encore broadcast this week as we revisit our special ‘eTown on the Road’ show at Denver’s Fiddlers Green Amphitheater with legendary outlaw country artist Willie Nelson. We’ll hear lots of great music from Willie, plus a candid conversation with eTown host Nick Forster direct from Willie’s tour bus. Also on the show is up-and-coming country artist and eTown newcomer Kacey Musgraves, who became a household name after landing a slot as a competitor of the hit TV program Nashville Star early on in her career. It’s a one-of-a-kind hour of great music and conversation this week.
Sara Watkins / Penny & Sparrow / Bren Smith (Thimble Island Ocean Farm)
eTown welcomes back singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sara Watkins. Sara joined us several years ago as part of the widely popular progressive bluegrass group, Nickel Creek, but this week marks her fist performance on the show as a solo artist. Also with us is the Alabama-based musical duo Penny & Sparrow who make their first appearance on the show to share music from their latest release, entitled Let a Lover Drown You, as well as some insightful (and frequently hilarious) conversation with eTown’s host, Nick Forster. All of this, plus an interview with a man who has come up with a groundbreaking farming technique that allows for more sustainable commercial fishing practices.
Andrew Bird / Leif Vollebekk / Tom Chappell (Tom’s of Maine)
eTown hosts Nick and Helen Forster welcome singer/songwriter and violin virtuoso Andrew Bird to eTown Hall’s solar-powered stage. Andrew got his start in the popular bands Squirrel Nut Zippers and Bowl of Fire before embarking on what has become a very successful solo career. We’ll hear lots of great music from Andrew and his band, plus we’ll learn more about his time living on secluded family land, and what effects that experience had on his musical development and creative process. Also joining us is Canadian indie folk artist Leif Vollebekk, who joins forces with the eTown house band – the eTones – to perform music from his latest collection of songs, entitled Twin Solitude. Lots of great music this week from our visiting artists, plus we’ll check in with Tom Chappell, co-founder of the Tom’s of Maine brand, to hear about his decades-long approach to responsible and sustainable business practices.
honeyhoney / Margaret Glaspy / Bill Ritter (America’s Energy Revolution)
This week in eTown, California-based alternative folk duo honeyhoney makes a stop at eTown Hall to share their lush and beautiful sound on eTown’s solar-powered stage. New York City-based singer/songwriter Margaret Glaspy also brings in her unique take on guitar-driven rock songs, born from a lifetime of soaking up musical influences and knowledge from anywhere and everywhere her journey has taken her thus far. All of this, plus a great conversation about new alternative energy sources with former Governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter.
John Moreland / Phoebe Hunt / Susan Burton (A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project)
This week, eTown continues its long trend of featuring great musical artists with Oklahoma roots by welcoming Americana artist John Moreland for his first visit to eTown’s solar-powered stage. With his earliest influences and musical expressions coming from the worlds of punk rock and hardcore, John credits his switch to folk music after being influenced by the music of Steve Earle – a legendary artist and frequent eTown guest that carries an approach and attitude toward music and songwriting that could easily straddle both worlds in his own right. Also joining us is singer/songwriter and instrumentalist Phoebe Hunt. Plus, we’ll hear a great eChievement Award story about a California woman’s program to help women transition from prison to a productive life.
Bob Weir / John Fullbright (Pt. 2)
Be sure to tune in to eTown this week for part two of our special two-part pod/broadcast featuring the legendary singer/songwriter and Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir, plus Americana artist John Fullbright. We’ll pick up where we left off last week, by delving deeper into conversation with Bob, and further exploring the vast realms of his musical catalog. We’ll also hear more great music from our friend John Fullbright, plus a one-of-a-kind finale with both artists.
Bob Weir / John Fullbright (Pt. 1)
Be sure to tune in to eTown this week for part one of a special two-part broadcast featuring the legendary singer/songwriter and Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir, plus Americana artist John Fullbright. While we’ve been lucky to have both artists with us in previous years, this marks the first time we’ve been able to host Weir at eTown Hall’s intimate 200-seat, solar-powered performance space. Join us in eTown these next two weeks for a pair of episodes filled with mind-expanding musical exploration, candid conversations, and plenty of familiar songs to fill the air.
Langhorne Slim / Robyn Hitchcock / Caroline DeCelles (We’re hEAR For You)
This week’s back-by-popular-demand broadcast/podcast features two long-time friends of the show for a musical check in at eTown Hall. Langhorne Slim first joined us in 2009, and is back in stripped-down fashion to share some of his latest musical explorations, as well as a few collaborations with eTown hosts Nick and Helen Forster and the eTones. Also with us is English-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock who shares music spanning his long career, plus engages with Nick Forster in one the most humorous interview segments in quite some time. All of this, plus a great eChievement Award story about a group of women who have embarked on a simple plan to help protect people’s hearing at concerts and festivals.
Jack Johnson / The Weather Station / Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Coral)
In this week’s installment of eTown, singer/songwriter and avid surfer Jack Johnson makes a triumphant return to eTown to share some of his latest music in front of the intimate audience at eTown’s solar-powered performance space – eTown Hall. Also joining us for the first time is Canadian folk artist Tamara Lindeman who regularly performs under the name The Weather Station. Sticking with oceanic weather-related themes, we’ll also check in with enviro-filmmaker Jeff Orlowski to talk about his latest film, Chasing Coral, which documents the disappearance of the world’s coral reefs.
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives / Cassandra Jenkins / Michael Kodas (Author of “Megafire”)
This week, eTown welcomes legendary Grammy Award-winning country singer/songwriter Marty Stuart, along with his virtuosic band – The Fabulous Superlatives. Marty shares lots of music from his group’s latest release, Way Out West, as well as insightful conversation about his storied career as a recording artist, television personality and one time son-in-law to Johnny Cash. Also with us this week is singer/songwriter and eTown newcomer Cassandra Jenkins, plus we’ll check in with an author/photographer who is combining his skills to tell the story of climate change and wildfires.
Oh Pep! / Jon McLaughlin
This week’s solar-powered musical meeting features an up-and-coming band that is already making waves, alongside a well-established musician who makes his first appearance on the show. Australian folk pop band Oh Pep! takes the stage to share music from the band’s debut release, plus Indiana-born / Nashville-based singer and piano virtuoso Jon McLaughlin shares some of his solo material, as well as a few songs with eTown’s house band – the eTones. Lots of great music and conversation with our musical guests, plus an enlightening interview with a young man who came up with a Smart Gun invention that could help make us all safer.
Thurston Moore / Greyhounds
Popularly known as singer, songwriter and guitarist of Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore was listed as one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Moore joins us with his blend of alternative, experimental rock and post-punk. Texas R&B and soul duo Greyhounds is also with us, and our eChievement Award winner shares her story of “rescuing” food that would otherwise go to waste to feed the hungry in her community.
Chicano Batman / BettySoo
This week, eTown welcomes the eclectic, LA-based psychedelic soul group, Chicano Batman, for some solar-powered musical goodness. Also joining us for her first visit is folk singer/songwriter, BettySoo. There will be plenty of great music, collaboration and conversation with our visiting artists this week, plus a great eChievement Award story about a Colorado-based organization that provides free housing, transportation and food for families affected by immigrant detention.
José González / Mandolin Orange
In this back-by-popular-demand airing, eTown hosts Nick and Helen Forster welcome Swedish indie folk artist José González and his band for a first visit to eTown. Also with us is North Carolina-based musical duo Mandolin Orange. It’s a musical combination like no other this week, plus a great eChievement Award story about a woman who is keeping office supplies out of landfills and getting them into the hands of teachers.
Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys / My Bubba
In this week’s encore broadcast/podcast, eclectic Americana multi-instrumentalists Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys make their first visit to eTown’s solar-powered stage to share their forward-looking take on American roots music. Also joining us for the first time is Swedish/Icelandic female folk duo My Bubba who share their sparse and beautiful music, as well as stories about their experiences in circus school and side jobs as locomotive engineers. Lots of great music and conversation with our musical guests, plus we’ll check in with a Colorado-based advocate for bees to hear about their importance to our natural ecosystem.
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors / Tift Merritt
eTown hosts Nick and Helen Forster welcome back singer/songwriter Drew Holcomb and his band – The Neighbors – to eTown’s solar-powered musical clubhouse this week. We’ll check in to hear some of Drew’s latest musical creations, and get an update on his musical story. Americana singer/songwriter and eTown veteran Tift Merritt also makes a return visit this week, plus we’ll hear from eChievement Award winner Stephen Ritz of Green Bronx Machine to learn about how he is bringing the joys of gardening to schools in his area.