The weeks are flying by, and pretty soon we’ll be looking at a new year entirely. While most folks keep track of time using a calendar or a watch, we find ourselves monitor the passing weeks with our broadcast/podcasts. A new one lands every Wednesday morning, and this week we have a really unique pairing of artists that couldn’t be more different, while also fitting together perfectly.
Sisters Leah and Chloe Smith of Rising Appalachia grew up in Atlanta, and have since absorbed many of the musical traditions from that area of the country to create a one-of-a-kind music stew that makes one heck of a joyful noise. There’s a little bit of New Orleans in there, a pinch or two of bluegrass, some old time flavorings, and much more. The end result – it tastes good to your ears.
Also with us is San Francisco-based singer/songwriter Sean Hayes who makes his first visit to eTown to share songs from his collection of musical stories. Sean is a genuinely nice guy, who writes songs from the heart about less-than-typical subject matter. Listeners will get a glimpse into a few of the stories behind his lyrics, during his interview portion of the show with eTown host Nick Forster.
We also have a great, in-person eChievement Award segment a doctor who stops in to share his incredible story about helping folks in need in Ethiopa. All in all, a well-rounded week, this week in eTown.
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What a GREAT combination coming your way this week! Compelling conversation, amazing musical moments and an award that’ll make you smile (or cry, if you’re a softie like me).
Our old friend, singer / songwriter / actor (and author) Steve Earle joins us once again in eTown, this time bringing the rockin’ version of his band, The Dukes. Steve, as you may know, is a musical force to be reckoned with. His original songs have been recorded by the usual suspects (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, etc. as well as artists like Shawn Colvin, The Pretenders and more). And he’s always on the go, playing, performing, writing and working on multiple projects. He’s also an outspoken advocate on behalf of the downtrodden and the working folks of the world. At times controversial, yet high on the cool meter, he’s a man I’m happy to know.
Our other musical visitor this week is rising star Joe Purdy. Joe is a gifted songwriter, thoughtful and grounded beyond his years. He’s got a down home, soulful style of singing and playing I think you’ll like. He’ll share some insightfully well-crafted original songs with us (a quick bit of eTown trivia: One of songs he does on the show is one he finished writing right before the show began and taught it to me on the spot . . . He and I perform it for the first time ever for you this week. Man oh man I love being kept on my toes like that! If you get a chance, let me know how you think we did, will you?) Our award story is very cool, showcasing a North Carolina woman feeding the hungry in her community.This eTown episode was so popular the first time around that we’re bringing it back to you, this week in eTown. I hope you enjoy it. And if you want a visual, check out the videos of moments from the show too!
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If you prefer your guitars to have drum heads on them, then you’re in for a special treat with our broadcast/podcast this week. While Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have both been on the show several times in the past with various projects and configurations, this week they perform together on the show. Turns out they sound pretty swell together, too! Not only will you hear some great live music from this duo (much of which can be heard on their brand new album that also hits stores and online outlets this week), but you’ll learn a few things about banjos that you probably didn’t know during the interview portion of the show. It’s a win/win!
Also with us is Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance, who makes his first visit to eTown in this week’s episode. Foy is a powerful songwriter and performer, and we were blown away by him at the taping. He also has a cool mustache – which makes for another a win/win scenario. Throw in a great E-Chievement Award story, and a never-attempted-before finale collaboration that mixes a Bruce Springsteen classic with (you guessed it) banjos, and you are on your way to a full solid hour of good listening.
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Two of my recent favorite young artists join us in this ‘back by popular demand’ rebroadcast:
26-year old John Fullbright has a compelling stage presence, the likes of which I haven’t seen in a while. He’s been rockin’ stages with his original songs since he was still in high school, and he’s been going strong ever since. He hails from Okemah, Oklahoma—the hometown of Woody Guthrie. Hmmm. Maybe there’s something in the water there?
Also with us this week:
Afie Jurvanen performs under the moniker Bahamas; but he’s not from there. He’s actually a Finnish-Canadian who was raised in the working class town of Barrie in rural Ontario. As soon as you hear him, though, you notice his chosen stage name is a perfect fit. His songs about sunsets and breezy loves have the lazy, hazy sound of summer. As a matter of fact, he reminds many of Jack Johnson (turns out he records on Jack’s label, Brushfire Records, so there you go).
And we’ve got another ‘in-person onstage’ award segment winner. Tom Costello joins us all the way from Pennsylvania to tell us how he got over his phobia of homeless folks and became a full-time volunteer and advocate for them. It’s a very moving story, one I know you’ll like.
All this, coming to you from our comfy, solar-powered, acoustically perfect musical facility! Be sure to check out the show.
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