Episode 188: Kerri Powers

This week’s Folk Roots Radio features an interview with Connecticut based singer-songwriter Kerri Powers. After years out of the spotlight to raise a family, Kerri returned to the music scene in 2014 with her stunning self-titled Americana blues and roots album, “Kerri Powers”, a little bit country, a little bit bluesy and very rootsy it was one of our favourite albums of 2014. As usual, there’s lots of new music on this week’s show alongside our mystery theme and guilty pleasure.

This week’s mystery theme was all about ‘Spring’. According to the calendar this past Friday was the first day of spring. Though it feels like spring is on its way; in Ontario, we’ll have to wait a few more weeks before it finally gets here. As it no longer really feels like winter, I’m not complaining.

This week’s guilty pleasure was The Stone Poneys with their version of ‘Different Drum’, a song written by Mike Nesmith in 1965 and made famous by The Stone Poneys with a teenage Linda Ronstadt on vocals. Different Drum originally appeared on their second album Evergreen: Volume 2 and as a single, reached No. 13 on the US charts in 1967.

If you have a guilty pleasure you’d like to share – that song you still love though you think other people would find it unfashionable (believe me, they won’t), get in touch. We’d love to play it for you. And, if you have a good story about why you love that song, so much the better.

Well, that’s just about all the time we have for today. Check out the full playlist with artist links below and share your love for all the great folk and roots music out there. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We’ll see you next week!

You can listen to this show again on Mixcloud by following the link below.

Folk Roots Radio: Episode 188 by Folk Roots Radio on Mixcloud

Mystery Theme: ‘Spring’

Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (expected 2015)

Noah And The Whale
The First Days Of Spring
The First Days Of Spring (2009, Interscope)

Julie Gold
Spring Sprang
Love is Love is Love (2011, Self)

Charlie Angus & The Grievous Angels
First Signs Of Spring
The Great Divide
Chuck Angus (2013, Self)

Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada, Vol. 1 (2014, Self)

Catherine MacLellan
Winter Spring
The Raven’s Sun (2014, Self)

Cheryl Wheeler
Driving Home (1993, Philo Records)

Trevor Gordon Hall
Almost Spring
Mind Heart Fingers (2014, Self)

Ange Hardy
The Sailor’s Farewell
The Lament of The Black Sheep (2014, Story Records)

Skinner And T’witch
How Can I Compare Thee?
Rise (2014, Self)

Moors & McCumber
Buried in the Earth
Pandemonium (2014, Self)

The Early Mays
Nothing Stands
The Early Mays (2014, Self)

The Stone Poneys
Different Drum (1967)
Four Decades Of Folk Rock: The ’60s (2007,Timelife / Sony / BMG)

Caroline Cotter
This Place
Dreaming As I Do (2014, Bella Blue Records)

Annie Sumi
The Waltz
Reflections (Demo) (2015, Self)

Kerri Powers talking about her music and the making of the 2014 “Kerri Powers album”. Listen to the full interview here.

Kerri Powers
Kerri Powers (2014, Self)

Kerri Powers
To Love Somebody
Kerri Powers (2014, Self)

Kerri Powers
I’ve Got Your Back
Kerri Powers (2014, Self)

Corin Raymond And The Sundowners
Paper Nickels (2013, Local Rascal)

Katherine Wheatley
Signal Faded
Landed (2009, Self)

Suzie Vinnick
Sometimes I Think I Can Fly
Me ‘n’ Mabel (2011, Self)

Bruce Madole
Paris In The Spring

Tannis Slimmon
In And Out Of Harmony
In And Out Of Harmony (2013, Self)

Joel Plaskett
For Your Consideration
The Park Avenue Sobriety Test (2015, Pheromone / New Scotland Records)

Cécile Doo-Kingué
Anybody Listening, Pt.1: Monologues (2015, Self)

About the author


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. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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