Folk Roots Radio Episode 233: Sue Massek Interview & More Best of 2015

Folk Roots Radio Episode 233: Sue Massek Interview & More Best of 2015

One of the best loved Folk Roots Radio episodes from the past year or so, we devote most of the hour to an interview with Kentucky musician, folklorist and social activist Sue Massek about “Precious Memories”, a companion cast album to a Si Kahn original play about the life and work of songwriter and coal camp activist Sarah Ogan Gunning, and one of our favourite albums of 2015. We also include music from some other albums we loved this year: “Sweet Memories… Never Leave” from Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones, “Joe Hill’s Last Will” by John McCutcheon, and the wonderful compilation Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie – a 37 track compilation featuring an impressive list of Jean Ritchie fans and admirers.

And that’s all we have time for this time around. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We have a lot of great music and interviews to bring you on future shows. I hope you’ll join us!

Listen

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Playlist

Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (Pre-release, self)

Sue Massek
Precious Memories
Precious Memories (2015, Strictly Country Records)

Interview: Sue Massek joins us to chat about “Precious Memories”. Listen again HERE.

Sue Massek
Come All You Coal Miners
Precious Memories (2015, Strictly Country Records)

Sue Massek
I’m Going To Organize
Precious Memories (2015, Strictly Country Records)

Sue Massek
The Lonesome Death of Harry Simms
Precious Memories (2015, Strictly Country Records)

Sue Massek
Dreadful Memories
Precious Memories (2015, Strictly Country Records)

Sue Massek
Down On The Picket Line
Precious Memories (2015, Strictly Country Records)

Sue Massek
Girl Of Constant Sorrow
Precious Memories (2015, Strictly Country Records)

Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones
Jack Rabbit Jump
Sweet Memories… Never Leave (2015, Dittyville)

John McCutcheon
Joe Hill’s Last Will
Joe Hill’s Last Will (2015, Appalsongs)

Dale Ann Bradley & Alison Brown
Go Dig My Grave
Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie (2014, Compass Records)

Peggy Seeger
Young Man Who Wouldn’t Raise Corn
Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie (2014, Compass Records)

Molly Andrews
Now Is The Cool Of The Day
Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie (2014, Compass Records)

About the author

JAN HALL

Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee.

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