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Simply Folk Interviews
Wisconsin Public Radio
Simply Folk has aired over one hundred interviews and studio performances from both long-time and up-and-coming folk musicians. We're happy to create this separate website and podcast of these recordings.
Jan 28, 2021
Raye Zaragoza Sings Her Story On 'Woman In Color'
Raye Zaragoza named her 2020 album, "Woman in Color," because she saw it as "a coloring book, and every song was a like a little bit of me coloring in my story, of my past and my present and my future." "Being a woman of color in America and someone of mixed race, I’ve always felt like identity is something that weighs on me very heavily and something that I really wanted to write about in this record," she said.
Sep 2, 2020
Science And Spirituality Sing Together
Science and spirituality have often been portrayed as opposites or enemies, but for singer-songwriter Peter Mayer, they are intimately connected. His music has been described as spiritual or mystical, but, he said in a recent interview, "If I would think of myself as a mystic, I would also think of myself as a mystic who is very respectful and interested in science."
Aug 20, 2019
Eilen Jewell Likes To Go To The Source
When so often the latest thing is considered the greatest thing, Eilen Jewell prefers her music with the word "early" in front of it.
May 1, 2019
For Singer-Songwriter Kari Arnett, Making Music Is 'Magical'
"Music is magical." That’s the way singer-songwriter Kari Arnett described the process of creating her latest album, "When the Dust Settles."
Mar 20, 2019
Folk Band Lula Wiles Receives, Passes On The Music
For the band Lula Wiles, folk music isn't just about passing on the music, but also passing on the possibility to other women.
Mar 10, 2019
For Ex-Peter, Paul And Mary Singer, Music Plays A Central Role In Society
For Noel Paul Stookey, one-third of the iconic 1960s folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, music still plays an essential role in today's society.
Feb 19, 2019
Nashville's Barefoot Movement Offers Differing Journeys To Bluegrass Music
Bluegrass, like so many genres of music, is a mix of styles: old-timey string band music, with a little bit of blues and jazz from down South, some English and Scottish influences from the Appalachian Mountains, and a pinch of gospel music as well. The members of Nashville quartet the Barefoot Movement share how they came upon their version of bluegrass music.
Jan 23, 2019
Johnsmith In Studio With Simply Folk
“Where would we be without music?!” That was a question that musician Johnsmith recently pondered during an interview for WPR’s Simply Folk. “Sometimes you’re driving down the road and Simply Folk comes on or some song comes on and you didn’t even think that some issue was up in your heart or like you were stuck about something ... and all of a sudden you got a tear in your eye or you’re really laughing. You’re really thinking about some little thing and it just kind of opens you up.”
Jan 3, 2019
Milwaukee Performers Larry Penn, Lil Rev Share 'I'm A Little Cookie'
Lil Rev and Larry Penn talked with "Simply Folk" host Stephanie Elkins back in September 2013 when they shared a performance of their classic, "I'm a Little Cookie."
Dec 6, 2018
We Banjo 3 Demonstrates 'Celtgrass' Sound With Song 'We All Need More Kindness In This World'
We Banjo 3 is a four-piece string band from Galway, Ireland, that plays a blend of music they call "Celtgrass." This recording is from an in-studio interview the group did on "Simply Folk" on May 5, 2016.