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eTown is an exciting weekly radio broadcast/podcast heard from coast to coast on NPR, public and commercial stations. Every eTown show is taped in front of a live audience and features performances from many of today's top musical artists as well as conversations and information about the world around us. eTown's mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation in order to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world.

eTown is an exciting weekly radio broadcast/podcast heard from coast to coast on NPR, public and commercial stations. Every eTown show is taped in front of a live audience and features performances from many of today's top musical artists as well as conversations and information about the world around us. eTown's mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation in order to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world.

Location:

Boulder, CO

Networks:

Progressive

Description:

eTown is an exciting weekly radio broadcast/podcast heard from coast to coast on NPR, public and commercial stations. Every eTown show is taped in front of a live audience and features performances from many of today's top musical artists as well as conversations and information about the world around us. eTown's mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation in order to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world.

Twitter:

@eTownRadio

Language:

English

Contact:

P.O. Box 954 Boulder, CO 80306-0954 303-443-8696


Episodes

John Prine Tribute

4/9/2020
With the recent passing of the legendary singer-songwriter John Prine (October 10, 1946 - April 7, 2020), eTown host Nick Forster revisits the interview from John’s 1996 visit to the eTown stage. This podcast features a brief reflection from Nick and a conversation with John, as he discusses his family history and musical roots. John Prine left a lasting memory on us all, both here at eTown and beyond, and we’re forever grateful to have experienced his soul and legacy.

Duration:00:06:37

Joachim Cooder / Bonnie Paine / Award: Sarah Evans (Well Aware)

4/8/2020
It’s an eclectic hour of music and conversation in this week’s rerun with the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Joachim Cooder (a talent in his own right who also happens to be the son of the iconic musician Ry Cooder). Also making her first solo appearance on the show is singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Paine (a founding member of Elephant Revival). Plus, we’ll hear from eChievement Award winner Sarah Evans, founder of an Austin-based nonprofit The Well- Aware Project that...

Duration:00:59:47

The Lil Smokies / Jack Broadbent / Interview: Xiye Bastida

4/1/2020
Our musical guests this week include the Missoula-based bluegrass, folk band The Lil Smokies, for their first ever visit to eTown. We’re also joined by UK-born singer/songwriter Jack Broadbent, who received his start as a busker and is known for his unique blend of acoustic and slide guitar with folk and blues-inspired vocals. Also, Nick has a conversation with Xiye Bastida, a 17-year-old youth environmental youth activist, who is often called “America’s Greta.” It’s a classic eTown not to...

Duration:00:59:33

William Fitzsimmons / Raye Zaragoza / Award: Bryan Ware (The Crayon Initiative)

3/25/2020
William Fitzsimmons returns to the show with his gentle, insightful sound (some compare him to Gregory Alan Isakov, Bon Iver, and Sufjan Stevens). Also with us: young Raye Zaragoza, who is already an established singer, songwriter, and performer as well as a Native American activist. Plus we’ve got a heartwarming eChievement Award story about a California man, Bryan Ware (The Crayon Initiative) who is reducing waste while helping young patients heal, all by recycling crayons. All, this...

Duration:01:00:05

Railroad Earth / Matt Andersen / Interview: Bill Bennett (Sweet Relief)

3/18/2020
The iconic group Railroad Earth returns to eTown after five years to share their unique sound, featuring elements of progressive bluegrass, folk, rock, country, jazz, and more. We’ll also be joined by blues powerhouse Matt Andersen, for his second visit to eTown. And we’ll hear from Bill Bennet, the current executive director of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a support organization that provides medical and financial relief to artists and musicians in need. Be sure to tune in!

Duration:01:00:07

Colin Hay / Doyle Bramhall II / Interview: Kate Greenberg (National Young Farmers Coalition)

3/11/2020
eTown welcomes back one of the most recognizable musical voices of our generation, Colin Hay (known in part as his work as a member of Men at Work). And Austin guitar virtuoso Doyle Bramhall II makes a trip to eTown this week to share some original songs. Plus Nick talks with Kate Greenberg of the National Young Farmers Coalition about the financial challenges of starting out in sustainable agriculture today. That’s this week, in eTown!

Duration:01:00:16

Blind Pilot / Mirah / Award: George Basch (Himalayan Stove Project)

3/4/2020
Our musical guests this week include the nationally acclaimed indie-folk group Blind Pilot from Portland, Oregon, as well as Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Mirah. In addition, we’ll share an interesting eChievement Award conversation with the George Basch, founder of the organization, The Himalayan Stove Project combating the drastically negative health and environmental effects of traditional but highly pollutive cooking methods in the Himalayas. It’s a classic eTown not to be...

Duration:00:59:46

The Milk Carton Kids / Rose Cousins / Award: Roz Babener (Community Warehouse)

2/26/2020
This week on eTown, The Milk Carton Kids, an American Indie folk duo, return for their second visit to eTown along with Canadian folk-pop singer/songwriter Rose Cousins for her eTown debut. We’ll also hear from an eChievement Award winner, Roz Babener who founded a Community Warehouse, a furniture and goods bank to help those in need in the Portland community.

Duration:00:59:28

Väsen / Sam Amidon / Award: Robert Adamson (One Bistro)

2/19/2020
This week’s eTown program features a deep dive into folk music styles from around the world. First up, the prolific Swedish folk band Väsen makes its first appearance on the show. Their musical collaboration has spanned decades; theirs is a rich, unique, beautiful sound, and their performance on eTown features rare, one-of-a-kind instruments. Joining us for his second visit to eTown is American folk artist and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon, who shares his recent stripped down musical...

Duration:01:00:00

Tribute To Joseph Shabalala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo Founder

2/13/2020
Joseph Shabalala (28 August 1941 – 11 February 2020) was the founder of South African musical group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The group found fame in the late 80's when they were invited to collaborate with Paul Simon on the landmark album Graceland. Joseph and Ladysmith Black Mambazo performed on Etown in 2006 along with Etown favorite Darrell Scott. This podcast episode features a chat with Nick Forster and Joseph as well as an amazing finale collaboration featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo...

Duration:00:10:54

John Butler / Eliza Gilkyson / Award: Frank Anello (Project Worthmore)

2/12/2020
For this week’s encore broadcast, we welcome back genre-bending singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist John Butler to the show this week. John is usually joined by his band as the John Butler Trio, but for this special episode, he joined us solo for an intimate, stripped down set. Also with us is long-time eTown friend and talented, thought-provoking folk singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson. Lastly, sandwiched between all that wonderful music is an inspiring story about a couple who founded...

Duration:01:00:07

Capitol Sun Rays / John Long / Award: Laura Stachel (We Care Solar)

2/5/2020
For their first visit to eTown, we’re honored to welcome the recently formed rootsy super group Capitol Sun Rays. The group is made up by the talented Luther Dickinson, Amy Helm, Grahame Lesh along with the three core members of a real eTown favorite, Birds of Chicago: Allison Russell, JT Nero, and Drew Lindsay. We also welcome eTown friend and bluesman John Long, who became immersed in the blues scene at an early age, traveling and living with blues legend Homesick James starting in...

Duration:01:00:50

Gregory Alan Isakov / Rayland Baxter / Award: Dara Schoenwald

1/29/2020
This week, we’re joined on the airwaves by one of our good friends (not to mention one of our favorite songwriters out there), Gregory Alan Isakov. This is Gregory’s sixth time on the show (his first all the way back in 2008) and he shares tunes from his critically acclaimed new record ‘Evening Machines.’ Also with us: Alt-country/American singer/songwriter Rayland Baxter, a truly one-of-a-kind performer and individual (don’t miss his interview w/Nick). Plus we’ll hear from Dara...

Duration:01:00:16

The Band of Heathens / Stephen Kellogg / Award: Jamie Van Leeuwen (Global Livingston Institute)

1/22/2020
Austin, TX-based artists, The Band of Heathens, join us this week to share some tunes, including a few from their album ‘A Message From the People Revisited’, in which they reimagine Ray Charles’ 1972 classic of the same name. In addition, we’re joined by popular Americana/folk singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg. And we’ll talk with Jamie Van Leeuwen, this week’s eChievement Award winner, who is the founder of an organization using music to connect a diverse group of people in Africa, in...

Duration:00:59:39

Laura Veirs / Aaron Lee Tasjan / Award: Peter Mui (Fixit Clinic)

1/15/2020
We welcome folk-pop singer/songwriter Laura Veirs for her first eTown appearance. A prolific songwriter for nearly 20 years, Veirs has garnered praise throughout the years with her exquisite folk-pop sound. Also joining us for his first eTown visit is a truly gifted, one-of-a-kind singer/songwriter, Aaron Lee Tasjan. And we’ll have a conversation with this week’s eChievement Award winner, Peter Mui of California, founder of the Fixit Clinic network.

Duration:00:59:36

Valerie June / Mick Flannery/ Award: Anne Rolfes (Louisiana Bucket Brigade)

1/8/2020
Memphis singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Valerie June joins us for her first visit to eTown. Her unique sound is a mixture of folk, blues, gospel, soul, country, Appalachian and bluegrass. Singer and songwriter Mick Flannery, who hails from County Cork in Ireland, is our other musical guest. And we’ll hear from Ann Rolfes the founder of Louisiana Bucket Brigade an environmental health and justice organization based in New Orleans which works with communities to help them hold...

Duration:00:59:42

Delbert McClinton / Robert Finley /Award: Chris Pallister

1/1/2020
Our first broadcast of 2020 features Grammy Award-winning blues multi-instrumentalist Delbert McClinton and blues and soul singer/songwriter and guitarist Robert Finley. Plus Nick sits down with Chris Pallister, the founder of Gulf of Alaska Keeper to learn how his organization is protecting the waters and habitat of the Northern Gulf of Alaska. It’s another “back by popular demand” re-airing!

Duration:00:59:51

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram / Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms / Interview: Nona Yehia (Vertical Harvest)

12/25/2019
Two eTown newcomers grace the show this week: brilliant young bluesman Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, a 20 year old guitar/vocal/writing sensation; and the tasteful, charismatic singing and playing duo Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms. Plus, we’ll hear from a well-versed, passionate vertical farming advocate. It’s a classic eTown broadcast/podcast you won’t want to miss!

Duration:01:00:31

eTown’s Holiday Special

12/25/2019
Back by popular demand – eTown’s holiday special! Join Nick and Helen as they delve deep into the eTown archives to share some of the best holiday music we’ve heard on the show over the years. There’s a little something for everyone under eTown’s musical tree this week so let’s celebrate the holidays together!

Duration:01:00:00

eTown’s Holiday Special

12/18/2019
Nick and Helen share their favorite eTown holiday moments from a host of past eTown musical visitors.

Duration:01:00:07