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Rita Hosking "For Real" on The Folk Brothers, Wednesday, April 11th at 10:30 AM

Davis singer-songwriter Rita Hosking will join Folk Brothers Bill and Peter at 10:30 AM to talk about and  play a few songs, from her latest album entitled "For Real".  Rita will be touring with the album starting this Spring, with a CD release show at The Palms Playhouse on Saturday April 21st.  

Abbie Gardner visits the Folk Brothers (10:30 AM) and Armadillo Music (5:30 PM) on Wednesday, January 17th

Abbie Gardner is a fiery dobro player and singer-songwriter.   Whether performing solo or with Americana darlings Red Molly, her acclaimed tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, are propelled by her impeccable slide guitar chops.  Her latest CD, "Wishes on a Neon Sign", is available now and features a collection of original songs including co-writes with Chris Stapleton and David Olney.  In support of her new album, Abbie is currently touring the West Coast, with local stops on the Folk Brothers, Wednesday morning (Jan. 17th) at 10:30 and that same afternoon at Armadillo Music at 5:30 .

“Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition” on The Folk Brothers December 13, 2017

The Folk Brothers dedicate this week's program to this new, Grammy-nominated double album of 32 tracks of Appalachian ballads which originated both in the old (i.e., Scotland and England) and new worlds.   The album, featuring artists including Rosanne Cash, Martin Simpson, Alice Gerrard, Jody Stecher, Doyle Lawson, is a fundraiser for the Great Smoky Mountains Association.

Album Of The Week (July 26th): Offa Rex's "The Queen Of Hearts"

Portland-based The Decemberists have partnered with English singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney to create an album which celebrates and reimagines 60's and 70's British folk rock.  Front man Colin Meloy had dreamed of having The Decemberists be the Albion Band/Steeleye Span/Fairport Convention to Chaney's role as Shirley Collins/Maddy Prior/Sandy Denny.   The results are stunning.  The Decemberists with Olivia Chaney will be appearing at The Mondavi Center on August 18th.   Please join me this Wednesday (July 26th at 5 PM).

Remembering the Palms Playhouse in Davis on The Folk Brothers, May 31st

In advance of June 4th's premiere screening of Alvin Remmer's documentary "The Closing Of The Palms Playhouse" at the Veteran's Theater in Davis, The Folk Brothers will devote our May 31 show to reminiscing about the musical magic that happened regularly in that South Davis barn.   As well as the musical artists - like U Utah Phillips and Kate Wolf - whose names were associated with the old Palms, we will recall some of the extraordinary shows that graced the barn.

Live DiRT with The Stray Birds on May 25th

I am looking forward to hosting the Americana, acoustic string trio The Stray Birds on Live DiRT at the KDRT studio, Thursday, May 25th beginning at 2:00 p.m.  The Stray Birds – originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania – are on the West Coast leg of the “Open Window Tour” for their most recent album “Magic Fire”, recorded in Woodstock, New York, with producer and multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson).   The Stray Birds will also be appearing at The Palms Playhouse in Winters at 8 PM that evening (May 25th).

Joe Craven on The Folk Brothers, March 2nd

Longtime local favorite, Joe joins Brother Peter to talk about the upcoming gig with his latest project, Joe Craven and The Sometimers, this Thursday evening, March 3, at The Davis Oddfellows Hall.   The gig is a CD-release party as well as a fundraiser for Joe's Rivertunes Roots Music Camp.  We'll spin tunes off the new album as well as talk about Joe's passion for bringing out the musical creativity in those young of age and hearts.   

Dave Nachmanoff premieres Spinoza's Dream on The Folk Brothers, February 17th


Dave Nachmanoff will spin some tracks off his new album, "Spinoza's Dream" ahead of his CD release party at The N Street Cohousing Commons on Saturday, February 27th.  Dave’s new album is a philosophically themed collection of new songs featuring musicians who played on some of Al Stewart’s classic albums such as "Year Of The Cat".   Dave also promises to bring some albums by other artists whose music inspires him.   Please join us for a fun-filled hour with one of Davis’ most respected musicians.

The Joy of Living on The Folk Brothers 12/16

The Joy of Living is a new 2-CD tribute album celebrating the centenary of Ewan MacColl's birth.  MacColl – born Jimmy Miller in Salford, England – was an actor, playwright, social activist, musician, and controversial figure at the heart of the British folk revival in the 1950s and 60s. Joy of Living – produced by his sons Neill and Calum – celebrates MacColl the songwriter. Although best known for the love song “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” as recorded by Roberta Flack, MacColl also wrote many songs about the less-heralded members of British society: fishermen, miners, and travelling people. There are excellent tracks contributed by U.K. folk stalwarts and MacColl contemporaries including Dick Gaughan, Martin Carthy, Paul Brady, and Norma Waterson. For those in the U.S., this album also serves as introduction to luminaries of the contemporary British folk scene – Eliza Carthy, Seth Lakeman, Karine Polwart, and The Unthanks. Tune in to KDRT as The Folk Brothers feature The Joy of Living on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 10 AM.