Folk Thursday: Gil Scott-Heron

August 14, 2014

On a day like this, with protests and vigils scheduled all over the country — organized by the incomparable Feminista Jones — I’d be remiss if I posted anything that wasn’t “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” This is doubly true in light of the fact that most of it thus far hasn’t been televised; if you want to know the details, you’d better get on Twitter, because the revolution will be live-tweeted.

And yeah, I know Gil Scott-Heron ain’t exactly folk. Sue me. The folk revival was about revolution. You don’t have to play the song on acoustic guitar with the Weavers singing backup to earn a spot in my personal pantheon of revolutionary musicians.


Folk Thursday: Liam Clancy

August 7, 2014

This is one of my favorite songs. Bob Dylan ripped it off from an British folk tune. Unlike some of his stuff, it’s fairly easy to play. If you’re interested, Ultimate Guitar has chords here.


Folk Thursday: Don Conoscenti

July 31, 2014

Don Conoscenti is a Woodyfest regular. I like this cover of “Hallelujah.” Any folkie worth a damn ought to have at least one Leonard Cohen song in his repertoire.


Folk Thursday: Amy Speace

July 24, 2014

I’d never heard of Amy Speace until Judy Collins covered this song of hers at Woodyfest a couple of years ago. It was just about the saddest thing I’d ever heard.


Folk Thursday: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

July 17, 2014

Ramblin’ Jack covers one of the saddest things Woody Guthrie ever wrote.


Folk Thursday: Soolaimon

June 26, 2014

It’s not exactly folk, but it was inspired by African folk music. More importantly, it’s awesome. You really cannot go wrong with Neil Diamond, ca. 1970.


Folk Thursday: Playing for Change

June 12, 2014

Wow. Marvin Gaye. And I thought it was awesome when they covered Bob Marley.


P.S.: I’ve posted it before, but in case you haven’t seen “One Love” around the world, here it is. I never get tired of it.

Folk Thursday: Joel Rafael

June 5, 2014

The saddest part of this story is the fact that 103 years later, you can read the comments on any online newspaper article about any homicide involving any black defendant, and it will be painfully obvious that some people’s quality of thought hasn’t improved at all in the past century.


Folk Thursday: Richie Havens

June 5, 2014

Richie Havens sings a medley of Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. I think I might have posted this before, several years ago, but I’d forgotten all about it until I stumbled across it again last weekend. <3


The third of June

June 3, 2014

Call it a makeup day, since I missed Folk Thursday last week.

You just can’t let the third of June go by without a dose of Bobbie Gentry.



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