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Thoughts on Global Warming . . and Details About Our HOT Show This Week

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 06:42

Sigh. It’s snowing. Again. Check out these photos from my backyard:

IMG_1895This has been one heck of a winter so far for many parts of the country, Colorado being one of them. Not many people know this, but March generally is, on average, the biggest snowfall month for our great state, followed closely by, oddly enough, April (strange I know but its those one or two late spring blizzards we tend to get in April that make that a fact). This winter, though, only a few days into the month of March, I’m told we’ve already had as much snow here in Colorado as we sometimes get in a season. Yikes.

That of course pales in comparison with what the poor folks in Boston, New York and other east coast communities are dealing with. But still, it’s significant.

Now, some people will use the fact that our winter weather in general seems to be getting more and more extreme to try to claim that global warming is a myth – they say “How can our winters be so cold and harsh if there’s global warming?” Of course the majority of scientists and experts continue to point out that climate change caused by global warming negatively impacts our weather patterns overall (resulting in hotter, longer, drier summers as well as colder, more severe winters). But try to explain that to Rush Limbaugh.

I’ve always wondered why we as a nation (read: our government) still haven’t embraced alternative fuel sources and energy sources as a concept to actively aim for. I mean, I have to say to those who claim ‘the jury is still out’: Why would you even take a chance on maintaining the status quo, if global warming is even a slight possibility? Where’s the harm in throwing the type of financial subsidies toward alternative energy research and development that oil, gas and ethanol industries have enjoyed for years (and in some cases for decades)? At the very least we create much needed jobs, not just in research but in execution (think solar panel manufacturing and installation, the building of windmills, etc. etc. Its endless if you think about it). We could at the very least be reducing our need for fossil fuels, right? And call me overly optimistic, but I believe that American ingenuity rocks . . so maybe we could eventually, given a concerted, united effort, even one day replace fossil fuels completely. Goodbye dependence on foreign oil . . . that has a nice ring. Something I can continue to hope for.

Anyways, as I sit in my cozy little office here at eTown world headquarters (heated with solar energy), I can see the huge thick snowflakes falling outside my window (probably why I just had the stream of consciousness above) as I gear up to share with you what’s happening on our broadcast/podcast this week:

You know we’ve been having a lot of young, up-and-coming musicians on the show of late. But far be it from eTown to neglect our elders. This week, we feature two truly legendary artists, a respected folk/rock icon and the first lady of Rockabilly. Quite the combo!

20131208-DSC_9735An exceptional singer/songwriter (and old friend), David Bromberg graces the eTown stage this week (his rendition of his song “I’ll Take You Back” is priceless; he and Nick have a great conversation, too, that you’ll enjoy hearing). He’s a beloved musical artist whose still vibrant career dates back to the early 1960’s.


We’re also so honored to welcome back the legendary ‘queen of rockabilly’ as she’s affectionately referred to, Wanda Jackson. I defy you to name an accomplished professional female artist who is not aware of her significant impact on women in rock n’ roll. She’s definitely a musical idol for so many. And her sound is totally recognizable: as soon as you hear her, you’ll know exactly who she is.

Plus, we’ve got another uplifting eChievement Award story for you, this time about a young woman who’s using perfectly edible food, that would otherwise end up in the landfill, to feed the hungry in her community. Very inspiring stuff.

Join us this week in eTown!



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Legendary Week at eTown Hall!

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 07:21

What a week at eTown Hall! In one seven day period, we hosted multiple Grammy winner, Steve Earle, 84 year-old legend David Amram (French horn jazz master, composer and Beat Generation music director), Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Jorma Kaukonen along with Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, the Fairview High School Jazz bands, songwriter Joe Purdy, a three day recording session with Bill Frisell and Tim O’Brien along with their 80 year old guitar teacher and Colorado jazz legend Dale Bruning, and the Truth Be Told Story Slam. Plus, the vinyl from the Hot Rize record that was recorded in the eTown Hall studio was released.

Not only did all of this happen under one roof in one week, the two radio shows will be shared globally on line and on air through our 300 stations around the country. This is, of course, consistent with the vision of eTown Hall, something we hoped and dreamed would happen once we opened our doors. The variety of events, quality of the music, diversity of styles and age ranges makes us all proud  – and we’re only getting started!

DSC_2465As for this week’s national broadcast/podcast, we welcome friends both old and new: The celebrated rock band (and longtime eTown pals) Big Head Todd and The Monstersplus a more recent acquaintance, the very talented singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop. Plus, we’ll have another inspiring eChievement Award story, this time about a woman who’s fighting the spread of Malaria in Uganda with the help of a surprisingly simple and inexpensive item (tune in to find out more).

A great week in eTown – all the way around.  Be sure to tune in or podcast this week.

– Nick Forster

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A Pair Of Southerners

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 09:43

This week we have two great artists on deck that we think you’ll both enjoy. We are dipping into the musical pools from the two “T” states to bring you a Nashvillian and Austinite. Their stories and pathways are vastly different, but they fit perfectly together in this week’s broadcast/podcast – which was our first taping for 2015 (back in January).

IMG-1002First up, we have Justin Townes Earle, who is back for a second helping of eTown this week. If for whatever reason you do not know, Justin is the son of legendary singer/songwriter Steve Earle, who has also been with us many times. As a musician, it’s not always the coolest thing to live under the shadow of a well-known father or mother who forged the musical path ahead of them. It’s way too easy to immediately compare the art of the two and expect them to be the same – or “live up to the other.” While it might be easier getting noticed by record companies at the early stages of your career based on your last name, it can quickly become harder for folks like this once their foot is in the door. Justin will be the first to talk about the differences he has from his father, and he has clearly taken his own path musically. Can you hear the “Earle” in his songs? Of course you can. But his music is still very much his own. The best part is that his music is also really good.

IMG-1062Also with us is Texas-born singer/songwriter Sam Baker. I had never heard of Sam Baker until a recent interview with NPR’s Terry Gross. If you missed that one, and haven’t heard his story, I won’t spoil it for you now. His interview with Nick is a great moment in conversation that you should definitely check out. He also teams up with the eTones for a few numbers. Sam is a great storyteller and communicator, whether it is through his music or something he shares with you in conversation. He can also serve as an inspiration for anyone who feels like giving up sometimes, or that things are too hard. Why? Listen this week and find out. You’ll be glad you did.

IMG-1117Per usual, we have great eChievement Award story as well. This time, we visit with a woman who has taken old school recycling to the next level with school children.

Be sure to tune in or podcast.

– Z

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A Musical Meeting – Lucy Rose and Big Al This Week!

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 02:37

We’ve got another great encore broadcast/podcast for you this week, featuring two musical acts that most certainly have never been in the same room before the taping.

IMG-7095First up is singer/songwriter Lucy Rose. For Lucy it was a week of firsts. It was her first visit to eTown, and the taping landed smack dab in the middle of her first tour of America with her band. I had never heard Lucy’s music before that day, and she really blew me away. I wasn’t expecting it. Not to draw comparisons, but if you are a Feist fan (like I am), then you’ll probably really like what Lucy is doing with her music. Her band is solid and talented, and her voice is like a siren sending you to shipwreck.

IMG-7041Also with us is guitar legend Big Al Anderson, who makes another stop in eTown to share some of his latest songs from his prolific songwriting career. If you like country music, the odds are that one of your favorite songs was either written or co-written by Big Al. He’s a songwriting powerhouse, but let’s not forget that he is also one of the nastiest guitar players out there. Most folks know him from his role in NRBQ back in the day, but he is still at it. Big Al almost literally destroys his guitar when it comes time for him to speak a little on it. I have seen strings and parts fly off of guitars during his visits to eTown. He never disappoints!

We also have a great eChievement Award story this week, so all in all you’ve got a great hour of listening to do at some point before we check in again. Be sure to tune in on your favorite radio station, stream the show from our site, or grab the free podcast in iTunes.



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