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The Folk Brothers, March 10, 2021: Who wrote 'Copper Kettle'?

Jake Xerxes Fussell has a great new cover of the neo-traditional, Prohibition-era ballad "Copper Kettle." Authorship of this song -- recorded by many, perhaps most memorably by Joan Baez -- is an enigmatic, almost gumshoe-like tale in itself. We won't tell that tale, but you can learn all you might want to know in Ross Altman's "Folkworks" blog.

Also on today's show: new music from Jon Boden, Lau, Andrew Marlin, and the Paul McKenna Band. And Brother Bill delves into '70s Brit folk rock with tracks from Jade, Magna Carta and others.

Contra Dance tunes on the January 29th edition of The Folk Brothers

Karen Leyse was guest host and presented instrumental tunes for Contra Dancing as well as songs performed by musicians who also play in Contra Dance bands. 

There is a Contra Dance, presented by the Sacramento Country Dance Society,  at the Palms Playhouse in Winters on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 2.

Folk Brothers albums of 2019

Some of Peter's favorites (in no particular order):

Judy Collins, Jonas Fjeld, and Chatham County Line/Winter Stories

Mandolin Orange/Tides Of A Teardrop

I See Hawks In LA and The Good Intentions/Hawks With Good Intentions

Daoiri Farrell/A Lifetime Of Happiness

Lankum/The Livelong Day

Christy Moore/Magic Nights

Joan Shelley/The River Loves The Sea

Show Of Hands/Battlefield Dancefloor

Andrew Marlin/Buried In A Cape

Jake Xeres Fussell/Out Of Sight

Tom Russell/October In The Railroad Earth

The Crooked Jades/Empathy Moves The Water

Kora Feder/In Sevens

Various Artists/Vision and Revision: The First 80 Years Of Topic Records

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Celtic music masters McKasson, McDonald, and McLane visit The Folk Brothers, Wednesday November 13th

Ryan McKasson (fiddle) Eric McDonald (guitar and vocals) and Jeremiah McLane (accordion) are masters of the Celtic music tradition.  Touring nationally, they will appear at the Palms Playhouse in Winters on Friday the 15th.   Prior to their Palms show, they drop by the Folk Brothers between 10 and 11 AM on Wednesday the 13th to play some live music as well as chat with Bill and Peter.

Live DiRT with The Crooked Jades on Friday, March 1 from 2:30 to 3:00

Join The Folk Brothers - Bill and Peter - when they welcome Bay Area-based string band The Crooked Jades to the KDRT studios.  Founded in 1996, The Jades have been on a two decade mission to revitalize old-time string band music for our modern era.   The Crooked Jades are currently touring their latest album - "Empathy Moves The Water", their 7th album, but first in a decade - which features a mix of traditional as well as original ballads and tunes.  They will also be appearing at The Palms in Winters that same evening (March 1). 

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"


Offa Rex

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).