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American Folk Music has been a part of the popular culture for over 5 decades. The last rush of popularity in a particular kind of singer-songwriter was in the 1990’s/Early 2000’s: Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Amos Lee, Ray Lamontagne, Ani Difranco, Gillian Welch. Since then, up and coming folk musicians and singer songwriters of this caliber are still appearing and creating great music. Basic Folk is a podcast that intends to introduce you to the what’s next in the folk world and give you deeper insight on artists that you might know or are just getting to know. Hosted by me, Cindy Howes, a seasoned curator of music. My intention is to show you a brand of folk music that you might not know.

American Folk Music has been a part of the popular culture for over 5 decades. The last rush of popularity in a particular kind of singer-songwriter was in the 1990’s/Early 2000’s: Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Amos Lee, Ray Lamontagne, Ani Difranco, Gillian Welch. Since then, up and coming folk musicians and singer songwriters of this caliber are still appearing and creating great music. Basic Folk is a podcast that intends to introduce you to the what’s next in the folk world and give you deeper insight on artists that you might know or are just getting to know. Hosted by me, Cindy Howes, a seasoned curator of music. My intention is to show you a brand of folk music that you might not know.
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American Folk Music has been a part of the popular culture for over 5 decades. The last rush of popularity in a particular kind of singer-songwriter was in the 1990’s/Early 2000’s: Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Amos Lee, Ray Lamontagne, Ani Difranco, Gillian Welch. Since then, up and coming folk musicians and singer songwriters of this caliber are still appearing and creating great music. Basic Folk is a podcast that intends to introduce you to the what’s next in the folk world and give you deeper insight on artists that you might know or are just getting to know. Hosted by me, Cindy Howes, a seasoned curator of music. My intention is to show you a brand of folk music that you might not know.

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Episodes

Basic Folk 34 - Bridget Kearney

7/18/2019
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Bridget Kearney, bassist for Lake Street Dive, has been deeply immersed in studying music since childhood. From the "super nerds" she met at jazz camp to the nights in her parents' basement transposing songs to the New England Conservatory of Music, Kearney has dedicated herself to the betterment of her craft. Originally from Iowa, Kearney joined up with Lake Street Dive in Boston at the Conservatory as their upright bassist, songwriter and harmony vocalist. In our conversation, we talk...

Duration:00:50:44

Basic Folk 33 - Matt Smith

7/11/2019
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Matt Smith is a living legend with his unbelievable run at Club Passim, the historic folk venue nestled in a Harvard Square basement. Currently Managing Director at Passim, Matt is the most passionate music lover I know. As Basic Folk's producer Laura McCarthy said to him, it's easier to name the episodes that don't mention Matt's name and unwavering support. Matt has used his platform at Passim to help establish artists like Lori McKenna, Anais Mitchell, Lake Street Dive and so many more. I...

Duration:00:46:27

Basic Folk 32 - Chris Eldridge

6/27/2019
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Chris Eldridge won his first Grammy this year with The Punch Brothers. After 8 nominations between Punch Brothers, The Seldom Scene and his work with Julian Lage, this award was very overdue! Eldridge, who goes by the nickname Critter, grew up around bluegrass with his dad being a member of The Seldom Scene and being around influential players like Tony Rice. After college, he spent time in the Seldom Scene with his dad and then in The Infamous Stringdusters. During that time, Critter met...

Duration:00:46:16

Basic Folk 31 - Jim Kweskin

6/20/2019
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Jim Kweskin is maybe the most famous person you might not know. With The Jim Kweskin Jug band, he mixed together folk and jazz which invigorated the straight-laced Cambridge folk scene in the 1960's. That jug band went on to inspire other jug bands that later became The Grateful Dead and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. A regular at The Club 47, now Club Passim, Kweskin talks about how he came to the jug band style and how his band's relaxed stage presence changed the dynamic of the live folk...

Duration:00:45:03

Basic Folk 30 - Corey Laitman

6/13/2019
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Wow Corey Laitman. Corey is a really interesting musician and person. Their music is vulnerable in a way that you rarely find (Deb Talan, Edie Carey, Patty Griffin) with a voice that basically encompasses all human emotions in 0.5 seconds. It's amazing. Corey's spirit is inspired by their vast imagination and connection to nature. We talk in the podcast about how humans are intrinsically connected to nature, but for most of us that connection is not fully realized. Corey is gender neutral...

Duration:00:49:55

Basic Folk 29 - Zack Hickman

6/6/2019
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Zack Hickman is bound to go down in folk history for his incredible handlebar moustache, but fellow bandmates in his numerous groups know him for his extreme talent and keen ability to bring together musical projects like no one else. Born in Lynchburg, VA to physician parents, he grew up on a micro farm where his family grew produce, flowers and (of course) tended to bees. He eventually found his way to Oberlin College where he met and started performing with Josh Ritter, whom he still...

Duration:00:48:50

Basic Folk 28 - David Dye

5/30/2019
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David Dye is a public radio music host pioneer. What Dye, WXPN and NPR did with starting the World Cafe changed the landscape of music on the radio for the extreme better. While commercial stations across the country became more generic and homogenized, David was bringing an authentic and human voice to the airwaves. David is a music fan first and was allowed to express that knowledge and love for sharing songs on the radio to a national audience for over 25 years. As a radio, folk and music...

Duration:00:48:27

Basic Folk 27 - Izzy Heltai

5/23/2019
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Izzy Heltai is brave, curious and charismatic about the world. He realizes how fortunate he is in life to come from and thrive in a supportive community which began for him in Brookline, Mass with immigrant, mathematician parents. "They didn't come from much, but they worked really hard so their kids could do whatever they wanted to do." Izzy is a trans-man who has not yet talked about his gender at length in an interview the way he does on this episode of Basic Folk. He's careful with how...

Duration:00:51:37

Basic Folk 27 - Izzy Heltai

5/23/2019
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Izzy Heltai is brave, curious and charismatic about the world. He realizes how fortunate he is in life to come from and thrive in a supportive community which began for him in Brookline, Mass with immigrant, mathematician parents. "They didn't come from much, but they worked really hard so their kids could do whatever they wanted to do." Izzy is a trans-man who has not yet talked about his gender at length in an interview the way he does on this episode of Basic Folk. He's careful with how...

Duration:00:49:11

Basic Folk 26 - Livingston Taylor

5/16/2019
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Livingston Taylor has managed to carve out an impressive and interesting career as a successful songwriter and extremely effective professor of stage performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Younger brother to the very famous James Taylor, this is an interesting and vast conversation with a fascinating man. To be honest, I have a hard time following where his brain goes sometimes, but I feel like Liv shares some stories on here that I haven't heard him tell before. While we're...

Duration:00:44:24

NonCommvention: Music Podcast Panel

5/16/2019
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Starring Joni Deutsch (moderator, WFAE), Elizabeth McQueen (KUTX), Jessi Whitten (OpenAir) and Cindy Howes (WERS, Basic Folk) Here is the description: Leveraging Music Podcasts for Station Success - Anyone can make a podcast… but not everyone can make a music podcast. What does it take for a non-commercial station to produce a digital, on-demand music program that encourages music exploration, all while maneuvering the podcast waters of marketing, underwriting/advertisements, events,...

Duration:01:07:38

Basic Folk 25 - Jenna Nicholls

5/9/2019
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Jenna Nicholls was the imaginative kid who was friends with trees and believed furniture was alive. Raised in Western Pennsylvania, she was raised on jazz, classical and Irish music. Her music is reflective of the golden age of radio and The Great Depression. Her lyrics put people in a place visually and she encompasses a couple different tones including a delightful lighthearted falsetto. Now a resident of New York City, she considers her music an oasis from the political landscape. We did...

Duration:00:50:41

Basic Folk 25 - Jenna Nicholls

5/9/2019
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Jenna Nicholls was the imaginative kid who was friends with trees and believed furniture was alive. Raised in Western Pennsylvania, she was raised on jazz, classical and Irish music. Her music is reflective of the golden age of radio and The Great Depression. Her lyrics put people in a place visually and she encompasses a couple different tones including a delightful lighthearted falsetto. Now a resident of New York City, she considers her music an oasis from the political landscape. We did...

Duration:00:50:53

Basic Folk 24 - Ethan Gruska

5/2/2019
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Cinematic, multi-talented, mystical/magical, human-songwriter Ethan Gruska is a grounded and extremely likable person. Ethan’s 2017 Slowmotionary, for me, was a personal lifesaver during a hell of a year. He may have come across your radar through his indie band The Belle Brigade with his sister Barbara. Life after that band has consisted of returning back to the piano, his original instrument, concentrating on his solo work and producing (including co-producing Pheobe Bridgers’ debut...

Duration:00:48:08

Basic Folk 23 - Marissa Nadler

4/25/2019
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It is wonderful to have songwriter Marissa Nadler on the pod! Ethereal, goth, ambient and gauzy are often used to describe her sound. She has collaborated with musicians like John Cale, Sharon Van Etten and black metal band Xasthur. Starting out as an artist, Nadler attended Rhode Island School of Design as an illustrator with a passion for painting. We talk about how her painting and artwork influence and affect her music. She also explains what makes a good painting: focal point,...

Duration:00:42:54

Basic Folk 22 - Jonatha Brooke

4/18/2019
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I have always really liked Jonatha Brooke. Her songs are sharp, joyful and wise. She's one of those writers who always knows what to do, which is the basis for why we like pop music. Her songs take you to the place you wanna go while still hitting vulnerability and insight. I can confidently say that after our conversation, I love Jonatha Brooke: the musician, the person, the soul. She's the real deal. JB gives details about her upbringing in a Christian Science household (she went to...

Duration:00:48:22

Basic Folk 21 - Jocie Adams

4/11/2019
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Magic musical human wonder Jocie Adams (Arc Iris)is a very funny, grounded and kind person IRL; on stage she is a mystical badass alien superhero who expressively emerges from a giant vagina at the start of her live shows while wearing a gold bodysuit. Jocie started music pretty young on piano and viola, but she really connected with the clarinet. Eventually finding herself at Brown University, she was asked by her classmate to come over one night to play music. After a series of events,...

Duration:00:45:58

Bonus: Erin McKeown is Folk Wikipedia

4/9/2019
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A bonus ep of Basic Folk where Erin McKeown gets particularly basic about her former project Voice on The Verge. She explains their origin and intention behind the group and I started getting v into all the obscure folk references she made. It didn't make the edited ep, but enough people (4 people) said they would like to hear it!

Duration:00:09:17

Basic Folk 20 - Erin McKeown

4/4/2019
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Erin McKeown has been queering the folk world for over two decades with her unpredictable and relentlessly unwavering superhuman musical gifts. McKeown has also made it a point to go hard in whatever she touches: school (she was high school valedictorian and went to Brown University), electric guitar and in the last 7 years, musical theater. Her production Miss You Like Hell, a collaboration with Quiara Alegría Hudes, was staged at The Public Theater in New York City. Erin gets real in our...

Duration:00:48:19

Basic Folk 19 - Bill Deasy

3/28/2019
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Bill Deasy is one of Pittsburgh's big 90s success stories due to his band The Gathering Field scoring a record deal in 1996 with Atlantic Records. While they only released one album on a major label, the band and Bill have remained a mainstay in the Pittsburgh region and beyond. Deasy's authentic approach to earnest songwriter translates to his personality. Bill is calm, real and pretty open about his upbringing, including the trauma of losing a sibling at a very young age. He touches on his...

Duration:00:49:49