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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.
Be sure to tune in or podcast this week! And check out the videos from the show, below.
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.
See videos below.
Hi, Nick here. I’ve been watching the news and hearing about all the bizarre stuff happening out there, as I’m sure you have. And I find myself asking the same question over and over: Where are all the moderates? Why aren’t we hearing from them?
For instance, where are the moderate Muslims? Families who love each other, pray and cook together, live in community and abide by the law? And where are the people of influence in that arena? The ones who do not approve of or support what ISIS is doing? I know there’s a ton of them. Why aren’t they speaking out?
Where are the moderate Republicans? The ones who created the National Park system and the Clean Air Act. The ones, like Teddy Roosevelt and Senator Robert La Follette Sr., who broke up the trusts and fought big interests (the obscenely wealthy JP Morgan types who were indifferent to child labor, 16 hour work days etc. as long as they could get away with it, all in the name of profit). Who believed, and still believe, in success through education and hard work; and that if, with help, all citizens do well then the country does well. Yes, in TR’s day they were elites, Harvard grads from wealthy privileged families. But there was a sense – no, a strong feeling of duty – to give back, to help those in need. Where are they today?
The vocal Republicans these days seem like a handful of spoiled individuals who want their “freedoms.” It’s as if they’re the youngest child who knows that everyone’s tired and if they just make enough noise, they’ll get their way (no matter that its at the cost of everyone else). As for the Democrats, they seem to fit the model of the appeasing ‘middle’ child, the peacemaker who just doesn’t like conflict. Not the FDR Democrats, that’s for sure, willing to fight for the needs and rights of the little guy. These days the Dems will roll over anytime.
And where are the moderate parents? The ones who still teach their children the value of kindness, caring, self-responsibility, gratitude and initiative. Who don’t spoil and helicopter-hover, but who teach, with love and gentleness, that there are consequences when you don’t do the right thing. That we are all a part of the whole. That, but for luck, hard work and circumstance, you could be that poor guy out there on the street who needs a hand up so be prepared now and then to reach out and offer one when needed.
I guess what I really want to ask is, in general, where is the leadership we so strongly need?
OK. Well, that’s frustrating. Let’s shake that frustration off and shift gears. Let’s talk about two great performers who’re on eTown this week (how’s that for an abrupt transition?):
Our good friend Dave Alvin (of X, The Blasters and The Knitters fame) is a killer songwriter, Grammy winner, sought after session musician, acclaimed producer and respected solo artist (Rolling Stone magazine dubbed him “an under-recognized guitar hero,” and with good reason). Dave is one of these people who has a totally recognizable voice. As soon as you hear him sing or talk, you know it’s him. Great guy. And a great talent.
Also with us, gifted young musician Max Gomez, who learned guitar at a tender age and started crafting songs not long after. Still in his 20’s, he’s got the writing chops of someone much more seasoned. I think you’re going to like what he has to offer.
The award story is great too, really cool couple of guys doing cool stuff.
It’s a good combo this week. Hope you like it. Let’s come together and share some great music and some food for thought.
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