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Saturday August 12, 2006: Folk Artists No Longer WIth Us
This show can be heard for one week at wjff's archives.

I have been working on a show about those who are not with us, either their cuts, or songs about those who have died.
Stan Rogers, Dave Carter, Johnny Cash, Mindy Jostyn, .....Ironically this week I opened a setlist posting of Sonny Ochs who had done just that this week. In fact here is her explanation that accompanied her setlist..."  On July 16th, I was riding on the Long Island Expressway returning from my son's home when I heard it mentioned on the radio that it was the anniversary of Harry Chapin's death. Harry had died on the Long Island Expressway on his way to a benefit concert.  It really gave me chills to realize that I was on the very road where he died. Started thinking about him and others who have passed so I ended up creating "A Toast To Those Who Are Gone". Sonny began with her brother's song of the same name. I don't have this cut.

Phil Ochs (December 19, 1940 – April 9, 1976)
Ochs was a U.S. protest singer (or, as he preferred, a "topical singer") popular during the 1960s. His best known songs include "Power and the Glory", "There But for Fortune", "Changes", "When I'm Gone", and "I Ain't Marching Anymore". I began with an interview of Phil's sister with Syracuse DJ Larry Hoyt. I chose snippets about Phil's college, playing Cargeigie Hall, Greenwhich Village and who influenced him to write polically.

1 Phil Ochs - Is There Anybody Here?
Phil Ochs in Concert - Elektra

Sonny identified this as one of her favorites, calling some of his melodies stunning. She stated how she lives her life by the message.

2 Phil Ochs - When I'm Gone
Phil Ochs in Concert - Elektra

Dave Van Ronk  (June 30, 1936 – February 10, 2002)

Dave Van Ronk was born in Brooklyn, New York, who settled in Greenwich Village, New York City, and was nicknamed the "Mayor of MacDougal Street."  He was best known as a pioneer of the acoustic blues revival, but his work ranged from old English ballads to Bertolt Brecht, rock, New Orleans jazz, and swing. He was a pioneer of instrumental ragtime guitar, as well as an early supporter of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, among many others. Van Ronk was very influential on the music scene in New York City in the 1960s. Even in the early eighties he helped with the organization of Speak Easy which I ran back then. I aired comments by Odetta, Janis Ian, David Massengill, Danny Kalb, and others from the tribute that aired on WFUV the week after his death. Clips from Dave himself included mentioning up and coming artists and the village scene.

3 Dave Van Ronk - Another Time and Place

Stan Rogers (November 29, 1949 – June 2, 1983)

Stanley Allison Rogers was a Canadian folk musician and songwriter noted for his rich, baritone voice and his finely-crafted, traditional-sounding songs. He was frequently inspired by Canadian history and the daily lives of working people, especially those from the fishing villages of the Maritime provinces and, later, the farms of the Canadian prairies. Rogers died in an airliner accident on the ground at the Greater Cincinnati Airport at the age of 33.  Peter Yarrow says "Stan Rogers was an extraordinary talent, the likes of which we have not seen since Bob Dylan" (Gudgeon 1994: book cover).Tom Paxton says of Stan, "He was to Canada what Woody Guthrie was to the United States" (Gudgeon 1994: book cover).

Ron Olesko produced a fine three hour special on ROgers. I aired the beginning where he ran clips from Arielle his widow, Grit laskin, Paul Mills and others.

4 Stan Rogers - Mary Ellen Carter
Between the Breaks Live - Fogarty's Cove

Harry Chapin (December 7, 1942 – July 16, 1981)

Chapin's dad was a big band drummer. Chapin sang in the Brooklyn Heights Boys' Choir. With his brothers,  Tom and Stephen he had a band in HS. Chapin's first hit was Taxi in 1972 from "Heads and Tails" Then "Cat's in the Cradle," peaking at number four on the U.S. charts. In 1975 Harry co-founded World Hunger Year to fight international famine.  On July 16th, 1981, he was driving on the Long Island Expressway when he put on his emergency flashers near Exit 40 in Jericho, NY. He then slowed to about 15 miles an hour and veered into the center lane where a truck rammed the rear of Harry's blue 1975 VW Rabbit, rupturing the gas tank and causing it to burst into flames. As a result of the crash, a piece of glass went through Harry's heart. A spokesman for the Nassau County Medical Center said that Harry had suffered a massive heart attack and "died of cardiac arrest" but there was no way of knowing whether it occurred before or after the accident. Harry Chapin was just 38 years old.

5 Tom Chapin singing his favorite of his brother's songs - Story of a Life
Common Ground - Gadfly

Tom Intondi

Originally based in Greenwich Village, Intondi moved to the Northwest. He toured throughout the U.S. and internationally, alone and as a member of The Song Project. He has three albums on his own and various cuts on The Fast Folk Musical Magazine.
Tom wrote with F. Rossini.

6.  Tom Intondi  - America - City Dancer - self

7.  Song Project (Kaplansky, CHristian, Intondi, Hogan) - House of Water

Rick Fielding   1944 - March 20 2004

Originally a native of Montréal, Quebec, Rick was smitten by folk and blues music as a teenager.. He later moved to Toronto and in a career that spanned over thirty years toured extensively throughout Canada, Great Britain and the United States. He recorded albums for Folk Legacy and Borealis. and happily managed to finish his latest album "Acoustic Workshop" while struggling with his illness. Apart from touring and playing his own music Rick taught acoustic techniques on guitar, banjo, mandolin and dulcimer, ran workshops on songwriting and professional development for musicians, did custom leather work, and hosted the radio show Acoustic Workshop on CIUT-FM 89.5.
"I'm gonna sing with the angels When my time comes around, This earth is just rehearsal For when I'm heaven bound
I'll be well prepared to take my place With harmony and rhyme, And sing with the angels when it's time"  -  Rick Fielding

8. Rick Fielding - Sing with the angels 3
This One's The Dreamer - Borealis

Laura Nyro (October 18, 1947 – April 8, 1997)

Born in the The Bronx, New York, of Italian American and Jewish American parents, Nyro was best known by the general public – and had the most commercial success – as a songwriter rather than a performer. Her best-known songs include "And When I Die" (made a hit by Blood, Sweat & Tears), "Stoney End" (covered by Barbra Streisand), "Wedding Bell Blues," "Stoned Soul Picnic," "Sweet Blindness," "Save the Country" (all covered by the Fifth Dimension), and "Eli's Coming" (a hit for Three Dog Night).
She blazed the trail for – and directly influenced – future female singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, and Rickie Lee Jones, among many others.

9 Laura Nyro- When I Die
The Best of... - Columbia

Kate Wolf (January 27, 1942 – December 10, 1986)

Kate Wolf (Kathryn Louise Allen) was an American folk singer and songwriter. Born in San Francisco, California, her songs have been recorded by artists such as Nanci Griffith and Emmylou Harris (whose recording of "Love Still Remains" was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1999). She died in 1986, at age 44, after a long battle with leukemia. Australian singer-songwriter Eric Bogle wrote Katie and the Dreamtime Land, one of his most popular songs, as a tribute to Wolf.

10 Kate Wolf - Unfinished Life
Close To You - Kaleidoscope Records

Dave Carter (August 13, 1952-July 19, 2002)

Dave was self-described his style as "post-modern mythic American folk music." He was one half of the duo Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer. Born in Oxnard, California, the son of a mathematician father and an evangelical mother, Carter was raised in Oklahoma and Texas and would draw on his rural upbringing in many of his songs. He studied classical piano from age 4 to about age 12, when he took up guitar. At 17, he left home to hitchhike around the country, especially the Midwestern United States (Great Plains area). After graduating with degrees in music (cello) and fine arts from the University of Oklahoma, he moved to Portland, Oregon, where he continued his education at Portland State University, earning a degree in mathematics. He began an advanced degree in mathematics, spent time at the Berkeley Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and the California Institute of Integral Studies, and worked as an embedded systems programmer for several years before taking up music full-time in the mid-1990s.

Carter was greatly influenced by mythologist Joseph Campbell, who visited his college, and American mystic Carlos Castaneda. He was also influenced by the American landscape, Arthurian mythology, the environment, and transcendental psychology. Joan Baez recorded his songs and toured with Carter & Grammer. He died in his hotel room of a massive heart attack in Hadley, Massachusetts, while on tour. He was 49. He has been compared with Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan.

11 Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer - Kate and the Ghost of Lost Love - When I go

Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997)
Townes Van Zandt  was a  folk music singer-songwriter, performer, and poet born in Fort Worth, Texas. He traveled in his youth around Texas and Colorado.  One of his major influences was Texas blues man Lightnin' Hopkins, whose songs were a constant part of his repertoire. Van Zandt struggled with alcoholism throughout his adult life. At times he would become drunk on stage and forget the lyrics to his songs. Some critics believe his alcoholism inhibited his performances, whereas others believe it made his lyrical expression more genuine. His most famous was  'Pancho and Lefty' and was recoreded by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. ,He continued writing and performing at his own pace through the 1990s until his untimely death on New Years Day of 1997 from a heart attack induced by a blood clot following hip surgery. Van Zandt is remembered as a great songwriter who left a legacy of great songs and inspired musicians.I remember Lucy Kaplansky, while bartending at Folk Ciyt where many of us hung out in the late seventies, was one of the many very affected by Van Zandt.

12 Poncho and Lefty -

Johnny Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003)

Johnny Cash  was an influential American country music and rock music singer and songwriter and the husband of June Carter Cash.
Cash was known for his deep and distinctive voice. He started all his concerts with the simple introduction: "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash."
His signature songs include "I Walk the Line", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring of Fire", "Man In Black", and a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song, "Hurt". He sold over 50 million albums in his nearly 50 year career and is generally recognized as one of the most important musicians in country music history. His son in law recorded an origninal using Johnny's voice and original lyrics in his rewrite below.

13 Rodney Crowell - I Walk the Line - revisited

James Carter     1926? -  d. Nov. 26 2003
Carter was born and raised in Mississippi, leaving home at age 13 and going on to enter the state prison system on four separate occasions: twice he was convicted of theft, once for parole violations after he was found in possession of a firearm, and once on a separate weapons offense. While serving a term at Camp B in the state pen in Lambert, MS, Carter was chopping wood in 1959 when Lomax, who was traveling through the south with his tape recorder and documenting amateur performances of traditional folk songs, approached him to make a recording of his own.  James Carter recorded a version of "Po Lazarus" for rambling folklorist/producer Alan Lomax in 1959 as an inmate in the Mississippi State Penitentiary. He forgot about it. 42 years later the song appeared on the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack. At 76, he shared a Grammy for album of the year,

14 James Carter - Po  Lazarus
Oh Brother - Mercury

Bob Gibson Nov. 16, 1931 - Sep. 28, 1996

Bob Gibson has been credited by many as being one of the greatest musical influences during the folk revival of the 1950's and 1960's. Gibson co-wrote such folk classics as "Abilene," "Well, Well, Well," and "You Can Tell The World." His songs were recorded by many prominent folk artists, including Peter, Paul & Mary, the Kingston Trio, Glenn Yarbrough, and Joan Baez.Bob Gibson was there at the forefront of the folk movement and he was, and is a modern day troubadour. -- Emmylou Harris

He was one of the first superstars of the folk revival of the mid-’50s, inspired to perform after seeing Pete Seeger in concert in 1954. His repertoire then influenced artists as the Kingston Trio, Simon & Garfunkel, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, Fred Neil, and Phil Ochs (with whom Gibson wrote several songs). In the early ’60s, heavyweight folk manager Albert Grossman suggested that Gibson and Camp add a female voice to their duo; when his suggestion was rejected, Grossman adapted the Gibson/Camp template and assembled Peter, Paul and Mary.
Gibson brought Joan Baez onstage at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival, and presented  the unknown Judy Collins at his familiar Chicago stamping grounds, the Gate of Horn club, and, years later, adding Anne Hills to his long list of protégés.

15 Anne HIlls, TOm Paxton and Bob Gibson: Best of Friends - (Bob Gibson) Let the Band Play Dixie
Best of Friends - Appleseed.

Al Grierson -  November 4, 2000

From a tribute to Al by Kathleen Hudson, the Director Texas Heritage Music Foundation

"I kept complaining about his beatup straw hat. "If you'd get rid of that hat, I'd be able to get you more places to play." He laughed. "I came to Texas to wear this hat and have this yellow rose tattooed on my arm and live in a bus at Luckenbach." He did that and played the Texas Music Coffeehouse at Schreiner University, once paying tribute to Allen Ginsberg by reading "Howl."  .....  Al was swept away in a creek during the hard rains last week. He was close to the place he loved, Luckenbach. Al would play railroad songs in honor of Jimmie Rodgers. He always wore the hat--and he was proud of it. ... Al' alludes to Yeats, the Bible, Blake and other literary greats. "

16 Til the Circle is Complete - Things That Never Added Up to Me - self
"may you set your shoes to dancing in the hour of your death"

Rachel Bissex  December 27th, 1956 - to February 20th, 2005

Rachel grew up in Newton, MA. When she was 13, and showing a continuing interest in music, she got her first guitar. It was a used one her mother bought from a local music store for less than 40 dollars. When Bissex turned 19, she moved to California with big dreams. Being away from family was tough, and later she hitchhiked all the way to Vermont to be close to her brother and father. Once settled in, she entered Johnson State College in 1977. After five years of studying the performing arts, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1995, Bissex completed her first album, Don't Look Down. Then  "I Used to be Nice", was finished in 1998 and . A third album, Light in Dark Places. Rachel wrote "In White Light" especially for her son, Matt, who was serving in the US Army in Bagdad at the time; Rachel wrote that she was inspired by the notion that the moon and its light was the same the world over. She dedicated In White Light "to all those with loved ones far away." When I got her album I was drawn to Oh Jackson and she wrote to ask me why for not many chose that one. I'm chosing it agina. She was inpsired by Jackson Brown, and the songs says so.

17 Rachel Bissex - Oh Jackson - Don't Look Down

Mindy Jostyn   Died March 10 2005 at the age of 48

Jostyn grew up in San Jose, CA and Wellesley, MA. Already playing several instruments at age 11, she organized an all-girl ensemble called The Tigers.  A much-loved and highly regarded singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Mindy Jostyn passed on in March 2005. For nearly ten years, she toured throughout the eastern United States wowing audiences with her soulful voice, distinctive melodies, witty and insightful lyrics, and her command of a host of different instruments including guitar, violin, harmonica, accordion, and piano. She headlined at legendary folk clubs such as the Bitter End in New York City, Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, and the Ironhorse in North Hampton, MA, and she performed at the Falcon Ridge, Winnipeg, and Long Island folk festivals. Sideman work with Carly Simon: Cindy Lauper: John Mellencamp:Joe Jackson:Billy Joel:Pat Benatar, Shania Twain, Jon Bon Jovi,

18 Other Guys Girls - Cedar Lane - Palmetto

Steve Goodman July 25, 1948–September 20, 1984

Steve was a Chicago folk music singer and songwriter. He was only 36 in 1969 when diagnosed with leukemia. Goodman began writing and performing songs as a teenager, he graduated HS in 1968, Goodman began performing in Old Town and attracted a following while attending Lake Forest College. During this time Goodman married Nancy Pruter and paid bills by writing advertising jingles.  Later in 1971, Goodman was playing at a Chicago bar called the Quiet Knight as the opening act for Kris Kristofferson. Kristofferson, impressed with Goodman, introduced him to Paul Anka who brought Goodman to New York to record some demos; these resulted in Goodman signing a contract with Buddah Records.

19 City of New Orleans - Phila Folk Fest 40th Anniv. - Sliced Bread

John Denver - December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997

John Denver was born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., and became one of the biggest selling artists of the 1970s  recording some 300 songs, about half of which he had written,   Songs such as "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Thank God I'm A Country Boy," and "Rocky Mountain High" are popular all over the world.
. His songs are characterised by sweet melodies, elegant guitar-strumming, and his soulful rendition of the lyrics.  Often singing and writing folk songs about the western lifestyle, the human condition, and planet earth, he was named the Poet Laureat of his home state of Colorado in 1977

20 Eagle and the Hawk - Ariel

Beth Ferguson (1953-1999.)

Beth performed solo and with the a capella group, Malaika. She was widely admired for the beauty and clarity of her songs, and for communicating honestly about women's experiences through her music. The Beth Ferguson Award is presented annually at the Ottawa Folk Festival to an Ontario female songwriter under the age of 30. Songs must have social relevance, and would ideally explore women's issues and/or topics of social justice.

21 What is Mine - Dance on the Earth - self


I never got to......

Margaret MacArthur  (1928-2006) grew up hearing traditional music, first in the mountains of northern Arizona where her forester step-father was cruising timber for the Forest Service in the Tonto National Forest, later in southern Missouri where he was raising seedlings for the Mark Twain National Forest, then in Southern California where he was raising guayule rubber plants during the war.
Margaret was a performer and collector of traditional songs particularly those of Vermont and New England. She was a friend and inspiration to many traditional musicians. The program dedication from the Marlboro Music school and festival this summer read: "For many of us in the Marlboro Music Family, folk singer Margaret MacArthur, her music and her family have helped to make this such a truly special community. To celebrate her life and to share and perpetuate her love for music with future generations, we are happy to help establish the Margaret MacArthur Music Fund at the Marlboro Elementary School with a share of the proceeds from tonight's concert."

John Cowan Hartford (December 30, 1937– June 4, 2001) was an American country and bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics, unique vocal style, and extensive knowledge of Mississippi River lore. Hartford performed with a variety of ensembles throughout his career, and is perhaps best known for his solo performances where he would interchange the guitar, banjo, and fiddle from song to song. He also invented his own shuffle tap dance move, and danced on an amplified piece of plywood while he played and sang.

Jerry Garcia    August 1, 1942 in San Francisco - Died August 9, 1995 Forest Knolls, California,   lead guitarist and vocalist of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead. Named after composer Jerome Kern, Garcia started on the banjo and piano, moved on to the guitar, and eventually became a master on many stringed instruments, despite the accidental amputation—by his brother Clifford ("Tiff")—of his right middle finger just below the first knuckle at age four, while Tiff was chopping wood.

Colleen Peterson - (C. Rich 1932 - 1995) During the '70's and '80's, Colleen was frequently seen on Canadian and American television. She hosted her own series of specials: "The Road Show", on CBC, she was a regular on CTV's "Spirit of The Country", appeared on the "Tommy Hunter Show" and on several Nashville Network specials. In her later days, she spent more time writing songs, playing gigs across the country, appearing on TV benefits, and leading songwriting workshops. Over the years, Colleen worked with a remarkable list of musicians opening for Gordon Lightfoot at Massey Hall in Toronto, singing backup for two years with the Charlie Daniels Band, and touring with Tom Waits and Ry Cooder, among others. She also provided studio background vocals for Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller, Janie Fricke, and Marty Stuart to name a few. As a writer, Anne Murray, Sylvia Tyson and Ronnie Prophet recorded her songs, while her writing partners included Nancy Simmonds, Sylvia Tyson, Cyril Rawson, Alannah Myles, Robert Priest, and Christopher Ward. Diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year, Colleen passed away October 9th 1996, just one month shy of her 46th birthday.

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