Folk Favorite

Listmania – My Top 10 All-Time Favorite Folk Artists…….

I have tried to stay away from lists on this blog. The main reason is that I find it very hard to rank artists. I think that's because my favorite is always the one that I'm listening to at the moment and also that I know I'm going to forget someone. This list actually is a list of the "Roots" of my folk music listening. These are the artists that have been with me for the whole ride, from vinyl to 8 track, cassettes, CD and the iPod. Should there be a woman or two on the list probably maybe Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins Emmylou Harris, probably but these guys are the core!! This is the first hopefully of several posts that will become pages on my site. Let's see there's the top branches, artist that I love from the 80s and 90s and then the leaves from the 2000s! How about songs?? I don't know if I can go there!! Anyway let me know who I forgot and then maybe I need to expand the list!!

Today’s Album: Steve Goodman – Jessie’s Jig and Other Favorites!!

Jessie's Jig and Other Favoirtes

Jessie's Jig and Other FavoirtesThis morning I was thinking about what to use for the morning music and one of the songs that popped into my head was one of my all time favorites, Steve Goodman’s version of Michael Smith’s poignant “The Dutchman”. Then I thought no, how about Steve’s version of “Mama Don’t Allow”  Yeah, that’s what I use! I went to YouTube and found the video and watched it. As I was watching, I thought about the book Mama Don’t Allow by Thatcher Hurd. I used to read my kids way back when.. The book had been featured on the show Reading Rainbow (starring a young Levar Burton),  and everyone in our house loved it!! I found and  watched portions of the show on Vimeo. (lucky for Peter that Andrew didn’t get to name him, or his name would have been Levar Sam Karn!!)

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A Good Run and Happy Birthday, Greg Trooper!!

Greg Trooper

So when I turned on my Runmeter app this afternoon, the first thing I saw was my last run – November 18, 2013 and I cringed! I knew it had been a long time since my last run, but I thought that the last one was closer to the end of the month!! It was about the time that the clocks got set back and it started getting dark at 5 o’clock! And then the weather turned nasty and cold and Christmas came along and before I knew it December was gone!! But then I also admit that I am a fair weather runner, when it gets dark and cold, this old body doesn’t really want to go out and run!! But today was nice the high temperature was in the upper 50s and it was sunny with hardly any wind!! I was also off, due to lack of work, (ugh!) and the gave me the opportunity to run in the sun!! I certainly told myself that all I wanted to do was get a 30 minute run in. I didn’t have to set any world speed records and I did a good job throughout the run of slowing down. I often use that trick that if you can talk comfortably you are running comfortably, and I often ask myself (out load) how I am doing and I respond back! If folks are watching they may think I’m crazy,but then again they probably just think I’m on the phone!! Don’t you love that when you are walking along and people come up from behind you and you here their voice and turn to respond only to find that they are talking on the phone!! Happens to me all the time at Target I hear a voice and turn and oh yeah!! But I digress, back to the subject at hand running, or at this point jogging!! So after many thoughts of cutting the run short and mentally figuring where I should turn around I made it to the second mile at between 21-22 minutes and I knew I could make it to the 3o minute mark!! The final distance for the 30:14 minute run was 2.8 miles for an average pace of 10:44 min/mile and I am satisfied with that now I just have to keep going!! The soundtrack for the run was a Prog Rock Album Clessidra from an Italian Prog Band Laviantica. You can read about it at FreeWheelin’ Music Safari Greg TrooperWhen I signed on to Facebook this morning I saw that it was the birthday of one of my favorite Americana musicians, Greg Trooper! Greg was born on this date in 1956 in was born in Neptune Township, New Jersey, and raised in nearby Little Silver. I first listened to Greg’s music sometime around 1999 when his  release Straight Down Rain,found its way into my library. That album was quickly followed by his prior release Popular Demons which had been released  in 1998, on Koch Records and produced by Buddy Miller. His current release Incident on Willow Street is currently number 2 on the Roots Music Report’s Roots Rock chart! Incident on Willow StreetHere’s Greg performing “All the Way to Amsterdam” one of my favorites from Incident on Willow Street! Happy Birthday, Greg!!

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A Holiday Note and Song from Ellis Paul – The Last Tree

The Last Tree

Tonignt I received a Holiday email from Ellis Paul. The email contained these Holiday Wishes!

The Last TreeMerry Christmas Everyone!

I wrote this song with Kristian Bush and drew up a picture book for it and made a video!! Enjoy :)

Very grateful to you all! Have a happy holiday!



After reading the message, I went to Ellis’ website and saw that he is still in the process of fund-raising to finance his next album. You can learn more about the fund-raising at the website and also check out a new song that will be on the album – “Chasing Beauty”!!  Many of Ellis’ albums are in my library and his voice is one of my favorites!! Like he said enjoy!!

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Early Morning Music – I Am……… the morning DJ at……..!


WOLDSo tonight as I was straightening the cereal bars at Target I said to myself “I am …… and then completed the sentence with….. “The morning DJ at W*0*L*D So let’s go “into the morning” listening to Harry tell us the story of that DJ ! I’m off to bed now to rest before tomorrow morning’s 5K run in Philly – the Free to Breathe 5K to raise money for that deadly disease Lung Cancer that took Will Marris from our lives!! Harry WoldSo here’s Harry, who was also taken from us way too soon!!

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“Into the Night” with “Shades of Gray” from Robert Earl Keen!!


REK Well as I sat here thinking about what to listen to or what to write about, I decided to take a little spin on the iPod. I switched it to genres, then folk and then stood there spinning the wheel right and left as I counted to 30, because that;s today’s date, you see! When I looked at the wheel, it had spun right to Robert Earl Keen, Jr. So then I moved on up to the songs and spun the  wheel another 9 times for the month of September that comes to an end tonight. Boy, doesn’t it seem like we were just celebrating Labor Day and the start of school and now we’ve moved on to Halloween, and the Christmas lights are out at Target!!! The other night I was told to remind all the shoppers that if you want outdoor lights you better get them early because Target only get two shipments, so they go quickly and don’t forget to get a Target Red Card (either credit or debit) you’ll get an additional 5% off every purchase, everyday and Target will also donate money to the school of your choice!! I think our store has donated over $17.000 to one school in our area this year!! You’ll also get things like free shipping from!! If you come into our store in Mt Laurel and sign up tell them the “old man in the market” told you about it!!

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Folk Flashback -1989 – David Wilcox – “Language of the Heart”

David Wilcox

David WilcoxAs I search the guest list of Mountain Stage, I see that the first time that David Wilcox‘s name appears is February 18, 1990. The reason that I’m looking at that list is I think that is the first time I heard David Wilcox’s music…. I know  the first time I heard him, among the songs that he played was “The Nightshift Watchman” and it wasn’t long after that I went out and bought his début album! What a fantastic song and what a great songwriter. From his website:

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Today in Music – 1984 – Steve Goodman passes away, and the folk music world still mourns!

Steve Goodman

Steve GoodmanSo the year of 1984 was not a great one for me, in November or that year My father had an unexpected heart attack and died at the age of 60, Earlier in the year, September 20th to be exact at the age of 36, Steve Goodman one of my favorite folk artists passed away, after losing his battle with leukemia. Steve Goodman gave the folk music world some great songs. Probably the best now is’City of New Orléans” which has been covered by a variety of artist most notably Arlo Guthrie. Here are some details of that sad day in folk music and Chicago history, From Wikipedia:

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My Favorite Folk Albums – Part I

This is an attempt to come up with a list of my favorite all time folk albums. More to come!

1. One of the first folk songs that I really loved was Jerry Jeff’s “Ramblin’ Scramblin'” I’d never heard a song like that and I was hooked! This album probably started it all I still love the songs on this album from “Maybe Mexico”, “L.A Freeway”, I Makes Money” to “My Old Man” which may be the best track on this album.

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