Eliza Gilkyson started her professional life by singing on Disney demos written by her father Terry Gilkyson, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on "The Bare Necessities" from "The Jungle Book." With music in her blood, Eliza always knew this life was her destiny. Now Eliza tells Cheryl about her early influences, the difficulties of being signed as a young woman artist, and the pitfalls of being both a mother and musician, as well as her journey from back-to-the-land hippie to true political activist working through her art to enact change.
Vance Gilbert makes us laugh like no one else. From how he met Ellis Paul (not in a bordello) to his big, big dreams (being a cocktail singer) to his heart's most secret desire (to be Shawn Colvin), Vance sees the world from a slightly different perspective than other people. Listen to his chat with Cheryl for road stories from Vance's days as an opening act for George Carlin, the truth about how many pairs of airplane pajamas he really owns, and how to get the guitar out of your damn way.
Celebrate our 10th episode with the incredible Ellis Paul, a musician and storyteller with a gift for making personal stories feel universal. Through music, poetry, and illustration, Ellis is an unparalleled creative force. From tiny open mics in Boston, to sold-out shows and Hollywood soundtracks, to his latest chapter as a mentor, teacher, and on-line artist, Ellis never stops looking towards the future and for ways to improve his music. Because of this, he continues surprise us all, taking the last year as an opportunity for a huge leap into digital performance. Don't miss this personal conversation with Cheryl about his life in music, getting a song in Me, Myself, & Irene, and the time he helped stop a nearly naked carjacker in the snows of Wisconsin!
Pat Wictor defies simple descriptions. He's a singer-songwriter, world traveller, Brother Sun alum, a cappella improv impresario, paleo baker, and even that doesn't begin to cover all of his accomplishments. He's played trumpet, saxophone, guitar, slide guitar, and sung with some of the finest musicians of the blues, jazz, and folk scenes. From Phil Ochs nights to Brother Sun to a week with Bobby McFerrin, Pat talks to Cheryl about the unparalleled diversity of his experiences and how he folds all of it into his music. Plus, we get the amazing treat of a never before recorded song, performed live, exclusively for our FolkPod fans!
How do you get the nickname "Banana," you ask? Turns out it's a long and winding road from a childhood in California immersed in music, to flipping off the college Dean, and then sleeping on floors on your way up to becoming a founding member of 1970's hit band The Youngbloods. Plus Banana fills Cheryl in on how a dinner party intro gone wrong and his personal motto landed him the gig of a lifetime with Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul.
Scarlet Rivera was a rock violin goddess even before Bob Dylan discovered her walking down the street in the Village. From her first night improvising on stage with Dylan and Muddy Waters to the Rolling Thunder Revue, jazz fusion, Celtic music and now a solo career as a singer-songwriter, Scarlet gives Cheryl an inside look at how music has given her life purpose and direction, and how she has no interest in ever slowing down.
Tracy Grammer has come a long way from singing in a recording booth on a California pier, and that journey has been both colorful and powerful. Now she talks and laughs with Cheryl about everything from her love of the violin to her incredible partnership with the late Dave Carter to her next chapter as a thriving solo artist. Plus, get the skinny on Tracy's theory on dating your bandmates, good (and bad) reasons to uproot your life, her favorite John Denver tunes, and how long it really takes to write something new.
Folk music legend Jonathan Edwards tells Cheryl about his rebellious youth when he gave concerts on the fly at colleges across New England, the unlikely recording of his hit song "Sunshine," and how a tour bus driver can make or break your year.
Carolann Solebello has gone from a self-described "closet singer" to actress to founding member of Red Molly and singer-songwriter. Now Cheryl has a truly candid conversation with one of her oldest friends and former CC Railroad bandmate, about the many facets of her life as a performer and exactly how many times she's been married. (*One mild instance of profanity.)
Reggie Harris, one of folk music's most joyful performers committed to music as community building, talks to Cheryl about everything from his youth in Philadelphia, to the girl who made him learn guitar, to becoming a teaching artist at The Kennedy Center, and beyond.