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A Bear In The Backyard

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 03:06

IMG_1935Man oh man, check out this photo from our backyard:

That’s from a bear who’s been frequenting our neighborhood of late (if the rather large, nightly deposits of bear scat in various spots around the ‘hood are any indication, he’s been a regular visitor). Through the opening he made in our fence, you can see a heavy hanging plum tree (in our neighbor’s yard), the fruit of which I suspect he’d been enjoying. We actually heard him wreaking havoc on the fence (it was about 11pm at night, right outside our bedroom window more or less). It sounded like a drunken linebacker who’d lost his way and found our fence to be an obstacle to be removed from his path. Wild.

Actually literally wild. Here in Boulder, and in countless other parts of the country, many of our neighborhoods butt up against open space (ours does for example) which results in inevitable contact and encounters between animals and people. We are lucky enough to live in a town where wildlife cohabitate with us. As a matter of fact, in my opinion, we humans are living in THEIR neighborhood. Lord knows we cause them innumerable challenges, as they travel through our landscaped yards using ancient routes to water; roam through our developments at night, as they have for centuries, making their rounds as they search for food, etc. mtlion_NPSI have heard numerous stories from folks about ‘close encounter’ wildlife sightings (I myself have seen a mountain lion in a tree right down the street from our house, in broad daylight in that case!). It’s awe inspiring to think of.

There’s a real debate in this country right now, between those who would like to pave and/or develop every available square inch of land no matter what that does to the wildlife population and those who (like me) think it vital to our collective souls to ensure that we will always have open space and places where wildlife can exist. I think that’s why this year’s midterm election is so important. Can you guess which political party cares about protecting the environment and which cares little or nothing about that? I’m sure you can. If not, you should do some research, decide what’s important to you, and then VOTE. Make your voice heard.

It’s the patriotic thing to do.

By the way, don’t forget to check out this week’s broadcast/podcast in Zack’s previous blog entry.

Xo Helen




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The Dirty South To The Northern Coast

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:01

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.

RA 2Sisters 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. RA 1There’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.

eTown -40_2Also 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.

Award stageWe 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.

Be sure to tune in, podcast and check out the videos below.

– Zack


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Details about This Week’s Show with Steve Earle & The Dukes and Joe Purdy

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 02:02

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).

Blog_SteveEarleOur 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.

Blog_JoePurdyOur 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.20130710-DSC_9326This 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!

Talk soon,



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Everybody Likes A Banjo

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:29

BlogBelaAbbyIf 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!

BlogFoyVanceAlso 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.

Be sure to tune in or podcast this week! And check out the videos from the show, below.


– Zack


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Short and Sweet About The Show This Week!

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 01:45

Two of my recent favorite young artists join us in this ‘back by popular demand’ rebroadcast:
20130718-DSC_972626-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. 20130718-DSC_9632As 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.
See videos below.

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Short and Sweet About The Show This Week!

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 01:08
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 […]
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