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Photos and Thoughts from Telluride . . eTown at Red Rocks with Iron & Wine / The Head and The Heart

E-Town - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 04:39

HotRizeTelluride2015Just got back from Telluride, went to attend the bluegrass festival. I saw SO many wonderful old friends while I was there, from my days living in that mountain town in the 70’s and 80’s as well as various pals within my current musical community:
For example, Hot Rize (in the photo L to R: Peter Wernick, Nick Forster, Tim O’Brien and Bryan Sutton) played to rave reviews, SamNickTrideas did The Punch BrothersLake Street Dive, Sam Bush (pictured here backstage with Nick) and tons more.

Its always a pleasure coming back to Telluride where I spent my young adult formative years! And seeing the festival evolve and change is cool, too.


nick storecropHere’s a photo, too, of Nick in his summer cowboy hat, standing in the M & M Mercantile in Placerville, Colorado, a tiny town (couple hundred people maybe?) I lived in for several years. It’s a 15-minute drive or so from Telluride, kind of out in the boonies.

The Mercantile was – and still is – the only store in town. It’s the place you bought a loaf of bread or a carton of milk, some thread or a birthday card, it had a little bit of everything when I lived there. Everyone called it Mary’s store, for its owner who ran it for decades – I met Mary when she was in her late 70’s probably; and I knew her well into her 80’s, until I moved to Boulder in 1987. She was a salt-of-the-earth, crusty but kind Colorado woman, a no-nonsense gal with a heart of gold.

It was nostalgic indeed to revisit Mary’s store with Nick; It brought back so many memories! I went there hundreds of times to shop over the years. It was the neighborhood spot; and I enjoyed countless conversations with Mary and the other seniors who hung out there each day. She’s a legendary character who was a wise and wonderful addition to my world back then.

SamSpeaking of legendary, eTown returns to quite possibly the most legendary music venue on the planet – Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado – for a first time visit with North Carolina-based indie performer Sam Beam (aka as Iron & Wine). What a brilliant writer/musician. I am totally a fan now. Any ‘guy with a guitar’ who single-handedly can hold the rapt attention of 9,000 people at Red Rocks has my complete respect. He’s also a really insightful man (be sure to check out his conversation backstage with Nick; I love their exchange about being dads of daughters).

THATHAlso with us this week: Our young friends from the Northwest, The Head and The Heart, return to eTown for their second visit, treating us to one of their signature high-energy performances.

Join us for good music and insightful conversation, coming to you from eTown via Red Rocks!




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Team Rubicon

E-Town - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:06

In 2010, former Marines Will McNulty and Jake Wood were living on opposite sides of the country deciding what to do with their civilian lives. When a devastating earthquake struck Haiti that winter, Will and Jake traveled to Haiti with a team of medics, doctors, and military veterans, treating 3,000 patients in just 18 days. They discovered that disaster zones are eerily similar to combat zones, and many of the skills they had learned in the military allowed them to be effective in the realm of disaster relief while fulfilling their need for continued service. When they returned to the U.S., Will and Jake set up Team Rubicon as a formal nonprofit to provide ongoing and long term service opportunities to other veterans seeking a sense of purpose, community and identity as civilians. Team Rubicon responds nationally and worldwide to natural disasters such as tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes, as well as engaging in domestic service opportunities such as Habitat for Humanity home builds and trail maintenance. Since 2010, Team Rubicon has led over 15,000 veteran, doctor, firefighter and medic volunteers to help hundreds of thousands of people get back on their feet after a disaster.

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Ruth’s Reusable Resources

E-Town - Sun, 06/21/2015 - 05:04

In the mid 1990’s while her sons were in elementary school, Ruth Libby became aware that schoolteachers often pay for classroom supplies for their students out of their own pockets. Around the same time, Ruth read an article about a local project providing teachers with recycled materials, and she was inspired to start something similar to help the teachers in her district. In 1994, Ruth created Ruth’s Reusable Resources as a grassroots, community-driven effort to collect surplus office supplies and other items from individuals and local businesses and make them affordable and available to local teachers. Since she started, Ruth’s Reusable Resources has provided over $54 million in school supplies to tens of thousands of teachers and nonprofits in her area.

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José González Shows Us Its Cool to Be Kind

E-Town - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 06:25

I read a very sweet thing the other day. The wonderfully talented comedian, author and musician Steve Martin was quoted as saying one of the many things he loves about his wife, Anne Springfield, is that she’s a genuinely kind person.

Kindness. What a concept. Maybe I’m old-fashioned but I have to say that I, too, value kindness as a quality in others (my dear husband, Nick Forster, is truly one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I’ve ever known and I adore him for it).

IMG-1029These days, it often feels like kindness is not particularly being promoted as a personal characteristic to be sought after and cultivated, as least in this country. Used to be. But lately, maybe not so much. Try driving in rush hour for example, you’ll get what I mean. Or listen to your child’s sad tales of suffering at the hands of mean girls in class, or bullies on the playground. Its funny, it goes beyond being rude or thoughtless. It’s almost like nowadays its often not considered cool to be kind.

Well, maybe its time to bring kindness back as the ‘way to be.’ To embrace the concept that being kind is cool. I’d love to see a ‘kindness’ movement. You know, where being kind is a priority. Where we show by example and recruit each other to participate (that’s how movements grow right?). Where we teach our children well. Because kindness begets kindness. It spreads like wild fire. And it can be contagious.

You know, someone who embodies kindness is Swedish indie folk artist José González. He and his band join us this week for their very first visit to eTown, and it’s a pleasure to get to know him a bit. I’m struck by his gentle and kind nature. Considering his nearly year-long worldwide tour is completely sold out, Jose is pretty cool (we feel grateful indeed that he’s taken the time to be with us in our little solar-powered hall). Fans respond to his music and his manner, both of which exude kindness. And its real: amidst all the pressures of nonstop traveling and the relentless pace of the road, he and everyone in his group remain the sweetest, kindest people. Yup, Jose is a perfect example of ‘being kind is being cool.’

IMG-1050Also with us is the North Carolina-based duo, Mandolin Orange. These two young talented musical collaborators (and sweethearts) are reaping great press and earning an ever-increasing number of fans wherever they play (I’m now officially one of them). They’re also very nice – some might even say kind (there’s that theme again). And smart. And funny. Keep an ear and an eye for them, including tuning into (or podcasting) eTown this week.

IMG-1116Its great music as always, plus an eChievement Award story about a woman keeping office supplies out of the landfill and getting them into the hands of teachers whose students desperately need them but cannot afford them.

As you might imagine, she does this largely out of the kindness of her heart.

– Helen

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Easy Way to Help eTown … AND News about this Week’s Broadcast/Podcast

E-Town - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 04:08

Hi! Helen here.

Hey trivia question: Did you know eTown is a nonprofit organization?

Here at eTown we work hard everyday to further our mission (“to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world”). Folks often ask us how they can help further the cause. Well, here’s a simple way you can do that, if you so choose.

Part of our mission involves reaching an ever-widening audience. We’re currently working towards partnering with Google & YouTube which will help us to do that very thing. But we need to reach the 10,000 ‘Subscribers’ mark on our YouTube channel before that can happen. We’re getting close, but we’re not there yet. That’s where you come in.

If you want to stay up to date with everything eTown and, at the same time, help us fulfill our mission, click HERE to subscribe to our channel, which features videos from all of our eTown shows over the past two years as well as throwback videos, curated playlists and exclusive eTown content that you can’t find anywhere else. (You can check out our channel first, to see if its something that appeals to you, at

Thanks in advance for your help!

And here’s the scoop on this week’s show:

IMG-1025Nick and I welcome two first-time visitors this week. Singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham (you may recognize his name, he won a Grammy for his work doing the soundtrack of the movie Crazy Heart a few years ago) is with us. He’s just an incredible performer and songwriter. You’d think maybe he’d have ‘gone all Hollywood’ on us, what with all the attention that’s been lavished on him (and with good reason) but absolutely not, he remains one of the sweetest and most down-to-earth guys on the planet. And talented? No doubt.

IMG-1085Also joining us is Nashville-based country singer Nikki Lane. She’s a total pistol, that girl! Feisty. Flirtatious. Outrageous. Beautiful. Dresses in uber-vintage style. And wildly talented. You’ll love her. (I loved singing with her; she’s so supportive of harmony singers, I absolutely adore her).

This show is an especially great one, with awesome live music, up-close and personal interviews (Oh that Nick! He continues to be both band-leader extraordinaire and brilliant interviewer) and a beautiful eChievement Award story about a couple collecting and distributing food to offset weekend hunger for kids in their community – this week in eTown!

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The Campfire Vibe – This Week’s Broadcast/Podcast

E-Town - Sat, 06/06/2015 - 06:00

Tim O editThis week, we are digging into the archives and reviving a great show that was taped a couple of years ago with artists Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott. Of course you know Tim not only from his own songwriting and recording career, but also for his long musical friendship with eTown’s host Nick Forster through their bluegrass group Hot Rize. Darrell Scott has also been a longtime friend of the show, and has been recording with Tim off and on for many years as well. Needless to say, this week’s show features a lot of great friends who showed up ready to play a TON of great music. You’ll hear Tim and Darrell play songs their collaborative recording projects, Darrell join up with the eTones for a few of his own numbers, and even Nick and Tim pull some old classics from the closet as a duo.

DSC_2504It’s an episode filled to the brim with great music, conversation and somewhat of a campfire vibe this time around. Along with the music and fellowship with the artists, with have a great eChievement Award story about a group of Marines that are now using the chops they learned in the military to help folks in disaster situations all around the world.

Be sure to tune in or podcast this week, and check out the behind-the-scenes videos below.


– Zack

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