Folk Roots Radio Episode 334: Joe Jencks Interview & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 334: Joe Jencks Interview & More New Releases

Chicago based singer-songwriter Joe Jencks joins us on Episode 334 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about his great new album “Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers”. Our wide-ranging conversation covers the making of the new album, songwriting and live performances, including those with his compadres Pat Wictor and Greg Greenway in harmony folk supergroup Brother Sun, who will be going on indefinite hiatus at the end of 2017 to allow all three members to focus on new projects and collaborations. It’s a really great interview, and definitely worth checking out. And, as always, we take a look at more of the latest new releases on the folk and roots scene. Check out the full playlist below.

Interview

Joe Jencks has built his music career around a fabulous tenor voice and a reputation for well-crafted songs that speak to a human experience fraught with challenge, and injustice, yet, also offering hope for a brighter future. “Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers” includes 11 original songs about such topics as prison ships, veterans and PTSD, solstice renewal and the testimony of Pete Seeger before the Un-American Activities Committee in 1955, alongside some well-chosen covers that include a lesser known Phil Ochs song and a Jon Brooks classic, “Mercy”.

We were only able to play an excerpt from our interview with Joe Jencks on this episode of Folk Roots Radio. You can check out the full interview HERE.

Show Notes

[more to come]

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)

Rachel Baiman
Something To Lose
Shame (2017, Free Dirt Records)

Robbie Bankes
Alice
Foothills (2016, Self) CDN

Scott Cook
Alberta, You’re Breaking My Heart
Further Down the Line (2017, Self) CDN

Harpeth Rising
Love Child
Against All Tides (2017, Midwest Records)

Russ Rentler
Le Petite Voix
Escaped The Tide (2017, Self)

Joe Jencks
Let Me Sing You A Song
Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers (2017, Turtle Bear Music)

Interview: Joe Jencks discussing new album “Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers”.

Joe Jencks
One Piece At A Time
Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers (2017, Turtle Bear Music)

Joe Jencks
Going Home
Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers (2017, Turtle Bear Music)

Arley Hughes
Rescue Me
Parts Of Me (2017, Self) CDN

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. Jan is also an accomplished stage host and festival emcee.

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