Archive for January 2008

Interview with Mike Seeger

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Mike Seeger. Photo by Ron Pen

This week I’ll be drawing from my “archives” for an interview with Mike Seeger, multi-instrumentalist, field-recordist, record producer and 1/3 of the New Lost City Ramblers. This interview is from a tape of one of my old radio shows from college. It was conducted in May 0f 2003 at WOBC, the radio station of Oberlin College in Ohio. This was my first real radio interview! I had booked Mike to come and play at the Oberlin Folk Festival and while in town he appeared on the weekly radio show I hosted with my friend Jacob Groopman. We talk about his parents Ruth Crawford and Charles Seeger, Elizabeth Cotton, Dock Boggs, Josh Thomas, Henry Thomas, Alan Lomax, the current state of folk music and more, and Mike plays some gourd banjo and jaw harp live on the air.

Included above are the interview with Mike, and a recording of his appearance at the Oberlin College Folk Festival, May 2003.

Interview with Feral Foster

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

This week Eli interviews New York blues musician and song writer Feral Foster. Using an unparalleled knowledge of New York City and a wide array of musical influences including Charlie Patton and Bukka White, Feral has created an authentic new style of old country blues song in 2008 NYC. Feral is part of the Roots ‘n’ Ruckus music collective. Starting January 9th he will be hosting a new weekly series of folk music shows at the Jalopy Theater in Carroll Gardens/Redhook Brooklyn. The show will be every Wednesday from 9pm until late. Free lasagna the first night! Down Home Radio recommends this gig!
Roots 'n' Ruckus at Jalopy