Arts

Young Man Walks Across America to Listen, Understand

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

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In 2012, at the age of 23, Andrew Forsthoefel decided to walk 4,000 miles across America with a handmade sign

Andrew Forsthoefel sets off on his cross-country walk. By Therese Jornlin.

that said “Walking to Listen.” Along the way, he recorded dozens of stories from the people he met. Now settled in Western Massachusetts, Forsthoefel has a new book about  his journey. I joined him for a much shorter stroll to talk about his experience…. [Aired on New England Public Radio, March 2017]

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After 50 Years, Songwriter Chris Smither Is ‘Still On The Levee’

Friday, August 29th, 2014

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Blues and folk singer Chris Smither has traveled far from his Louisiana roots. He left New Orleans in his early twenties to join the 60?s folk scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts — where the gravelly-voiced guitarist wrote several hits for other performers. Four decades later, as he and his wife raise a daughter in Amherst, Smither still plays more than 100 concerts a year around the country. For his new CD, “Still on the Levee,” Smither re-recorded songs spanning his 50 years in music. He made the album in New Orleans – and tells NEPR’s Karen Brown there were sentimental and artistic reasons for that.

Woody Guthrie Remembered … by his Granddaughter

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

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Folk icon Woody Guthrie would have turned 100 on July 14. To celebrate, the “Guthrie Family Reunion” will sing Saturday at the Green River Festival in Greenfield, Massachusetts. The group includes three generations of Woody’s descendants, including his son Arlo — famous for the sixties anthem ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ — and Arlo’s daughter Sarah Lee Guthrie. Sarah Lee recently met New England Public Radio’s Karen Brown at the Guthrie center in Great Barrington to talk about her grandfather’s legacy.

Rusty Nail Revisited — a Reunion Gig for 70s Era Local Bands

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

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A rock’n'roll revival is coming up in Western Massachusetts. In the 1970s and early 80s, the Rusty Nail bar in Sunderland was the go-to place for live music in the area. This Sunday, some of the key players from that era are reuniting for a sold out gig at the Northampton Academy of Music. New England Public Radio’s Karen Brown invited three of them into our studio to talk about old times.

(Music in this piece: Mitch Shakour Band, Fat, John Lee Hooker, James Brown)

Movie Theater with Unusual Business Plan: It’s Free

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

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At a time when there’s more competition than ever for entertainment dollars — from Netflix streaming to I-tunes downloads — one Easthampton, MA couple has decided to beat the competition by opening a…free movie theater. (Aired on WFCR, Dec. 2, 2011)

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Wood Craftsmen Turn Storm Debris into Art

Monday, November 21st, 2011

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After a number of recent storms in the Northeast, thousands of trees have come down — and left a dramatic trail of fallen limbs and branches. Many people see that as a mass of natural debris. But one group of artisans sees  bowls, pepper mills, and vases. (Aired on WFCR 11-11-11)

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