Tonight's show features the soulful songs of Beth Wood, recorded live at our house concert series, 'The Hoedown on the Trace'. Beth is a wonderfully talented singer songwriter and her songs are rich with heartfelt lyrics, highlighted by her powerful voice. Originally from Lubbock Texas, Beth has been recognized at folk festivals across the nation. I had the privilege of interviewing Beth in our sunroom the morning after her show. In this second anniversary show for the Folk Hour, I am pleased to share excerpts of her interview along with songs from her live performance. Enjoy one of folk music's shining stars, Beth Wood. For more information about Beth Wood, visit her website at www.bethwoodmusic.com.
This special edition of The Chattahoochee Folk Hour was taped live at the Hoedown On The Trace, a house concert with Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin. From Cobden Illinois, Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin are phenomenal singers, songwriters and musicians, whose songs range from Americana, to blues, to bluegrass and beyond! This show features their wonderful music, captured live in concert. My favorite part of the show is the 'Crazy World' segment, where Ralph reads a story about the adventures of folks singers Wil and Robert, and Robert had to spontaneously illustrate the emotions of the story with his fiddle. It totally spontaneous...and magical! For more information about Wil and Robert, check out Wil Maring's music facebook page and her website at www.wilmaring.com. Many thanks to the studio audience for their participation, and to Rich Roszel, the sound engineer, and Debbie Roszel, who wrote the Crazy World segment. Enjoy!!
'Sandyman' Flynn and 'Capt.' George Hergen, together the 'Irish Brothers' appear on the Folk Hour to share their toe tapping Irish tunes. Sandy and George became friends over 25 years ago, when they both had corporate jobs with IBM. They discovered their mutual love of music, and they have been paying tunes together ever since. Sandy and George have had success pursuing their passion for music. Sandy was formerly with the popular band 'Cullowhee' and spent several years as a songwriter in Nashville. George was part of the folk scene in Greenwich Village and was influenced in his love of Irish music by the noteworthy Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. In addition to their Irish tunes, Sandy shared a couple of his original tunes, including the bluesy 'Mississippi Moon', featuring Sandy's deep and resonating voice. It was a real pleasure for me to be in the presence of two wonderful musicians and lifelong friends. For more information about the Irish Brothers, visit www.sandymanflynn.com and http://gorddcymru.org/atlanta/music/cmd/hergen_george.htm.
Nashville singer songwriter Erin Thomas appears on the Folk Hour via telephone interview, sharing songs from her CD, 'You Don't Know Me'. Erin has an amazing lifestory, having been an orchestral french horn player in Nashville with the renowned Nashville String Machine. She developed a physical condition which left her unable to play at the professional level she had obtained. Thankfully, instead of leaving music, she learned to play guitar, and began singing and writing songs. As a result, she has taken country music by a storm. Learn more about Erin Thomas on this edition of the Folk Hour, and enjoy a selection of her songs from her CD, including 'That Kind of Love', a duet with the infamous Vince Gill. For more information about Erin and her music, visit www.sweeterin.com.
Emily Jackson makes her second appearance on the Folk Hour, performing her songs live in the studio. Emily has been performing in the Athens area regularly since her last appearance on the show. Her driving rhythms and bluesy vocals make her a popular choice! Enjoy!
Folk singer/songwriter Heather Lutrell, the 'Possum Diva', appears live on the Folk Hour along with band members Craig Henderson, playing snare and singing harmony, and Heather's father, Ralph Luttrell, playing his self made (high quality) square neck dobro. In many ways, Heather represents what folk music is all about. Music has been a part of Heather's life since she was young, with her father playing in the bluegrass band 'Possum Trot'. As you will hear on the show, Heather's music is a blend of bluegrass, blues and folk, highlighted by her amazing vocals, tasteful harmonies, and incredible dobro played by her talented father. I was moved not only by Heather's songs, but by the dynamic of seeing Heather and her father blending their talents to make such great music. You can find out more about Heather at www.heatherluttrell.com.
Country/folk singer Scott Koehn appears on the Folk Hour, proving that facebook is a useful tool after all! Scott and I attended the Arlington School in south Atlanta, and through facebook, I learned that Scott had become a musician, and singer/songwriter. On this episode, Scott performs several of his original songs, which reflect the maturity and thoughtfulness of a musician who has returned to his craft after a 15 year respite. It was a special evening for me to connect with Scott after all of these years. My friend Pat Burke co-hosts the show with me, and discusses the arduous hobby of adventure racing during the 'crazy world' segment. Scott performs regularly at Flipper's restaurant in Orange Beach, Alabama, and you can find out more information about him at his website, www.scottkoehn.com.
Singer songwriter Amy Andrews appears on the Folk Hour along with the 'Skipperdees'- twin sisters Catherine and Emily Backus of Athens, Georgia. Three talented songwriters, Amy, Catherine and Emily combine their voices in beautiful harmonies in their live performance on the show. In addition, in this edition, meet Josh Seehorn, also an Athens resident, who recently completed a through hike on the Appalachian Trail. In March of 2013, Josh will set out on an unbelievable adventure-a run across America! Find out how you can help Josh in this incredible journey at www.joshseehorn.com or www.outdoorjosh.com. For Amy Andrews, check out www.amyandrewsmusic.com, and for the Skipperdees, www.theskipperdees.com.
Jim Avett of Concord North Carolina raised his family on traditional values of faith, love, hard work and music. His sons Scott and Seth, known simply as 'The Avett Brothers' are now two of the most popular singers and songwriters in folk music. I was honored to host Jim on the Folk Hour. My son Henry is a huge fan of the Avett Brothers and so he sat in with me for the session. A singer songwriter himself, Jim played several of his tunes on the show, and shared personal stories about his family and memorable moments on his sons' rise to success in the music industry. As I visited with Jim in the studio, it struck me that Jim's love of music carried forth with his sons, and in turn the music of his sons made its way into my home through my son Henry, and into thousands of other homes across the country. My favorite part of the show was toward the end of our session, when Jim invited me to jam with him on guitar and harmonica. Thanks, Jim, for quite a memorable show. Find out more about Jim Avett at www.jimavett.com.
On this Thanksgiving episode, sisters Rebecca Lovell and Megan Lovell (together known as 'Larkin Poe") share their amazing talent on the Folk Hour. Rebecca's melodic mandolin along with Megan's rhythmic dobro are accentuated by their amazing harmonies and toe tapping melodies. Rebecca and Megan debuted on the national stage in 2005 with their appearance on Prairie Home Companion at the ripe old ages of 15 and 16! Since then, they have performed at major festivals and venues throughout America, even sharing the stage with such bluegrass legends as Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas. Also on this show, Scott Dixon, owner of the upscale restaurant Scott's Downtown in Gainesville, Ga., dropped by the studio to share tips on preparing the 'perfect' Thanksgiving turkey. You can find out more about Larkin Poe at www.larkinpoe.com, and Scott's Downtown at www.scottsonthesquare.com. Thanks for being part of the 'Folk Hour' family, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!