Ken Dunn is a modern day traveling troubadour giving social and environmental issues a voice in song, while reminding us to keep our loved ones and peace at the forefront of this precious life. No stranger to Folk Roots Radio, the singer-songwriter from Gibsons BC often travels and plays with partner Anna Green, but he was flying solo when he joined us in the studio for a wonderful chat about his music and 2019 live album, “Live in L.A.”. Ken also played a few songs live for us. We’re pleased to bring that interview to you as part of Episode 495 of Folk Roots Radio. We also take a listen to more of the latest new releases, and this time around we hear from Corin Raymond, Don Bray, Manitoba Hal, Poor Man’s Gambit, Andrew Bird and Che Apalache. Check out the full playlist below.
Ken Dunn’s eighth album, “Live in L.A.” was recorded at an impromptu gig at Kulak’s Woodshed in North Hollywood with proceeds going towards L.A. Family Housing support for those struggling with homelessness in the greater Los Angeles area.
The songs on the album reflect on homelessness, peace, and social challenges as well as love – all things desperately needed in today’s world. The song “Tahlequah” tells the story of a mother orca who carried the lifeless body of her young for two weeks before finally releasing the baby to the deep.
According to Ken, the song reminds us that not only human beings have precious lives – our planet and all its inhabitants need to be protected and loved. Sadly, there are now only 75 resident orcas in the Salish Sea near Ken in British Columbia.
For more information about the music of Ken Dunn visit kendunnmusic.com.
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Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises
Roll Right (2019, self)
Dirty Mansions (2019, Local Rascal) CDN
Do You Believe
I Bless The Wounds (2019, Self) CDN
30 Odd Days
Vintage Blend (2019, Maritimes Music) CDN
Poor Man’s Gambit
The Sweetness of Mary (feat. The Sweetness of Mary / Laoise Kelly’s / Andy DeJarlis’)
Land Of Sunshine (2019, Self)
Interview: Ken Dunn live in the Folk Roots Radio studio.
Precious Life (Live)
King High Tide (Live)
My Finest Work Yet (2019, Loma Vista Recordings / Concord)
Rearrange My Heart (2019, Free Dirt Records)