Archive for December 2009

Save Down Home Radio!

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Hello everybody,

The show’s been going on now for more than 3 years.  Its been a great project; a quick look through the archives will show you the depth and scope of what has been aired on Down Home Radio – dozens of in depth radio interviews with well known elders of the folk scene as well as many great new performers you won’t hear about anywhere else, articles, archival materials, tons of amazing old recordings drawn from obscure sources, plus lots of hard to find out-of-print LPs, digitized and posted for your pleasure and convenience, all for free.

But I can’t continue to do the show without your support.  Increasing demands on my time from other projects and the rigors of getting along in New York City make it hard to find time for Down Home Radio anymore.  If you value this show/archive, recognize it as something unique and much more than just a blog, please support what I’m doing.  Down Home Radio needs funds to replace broken equipment, to pay for all the technical, logistical and office expenses involved with the program and to continue to bring you the coverage only DHR can.

With your support DHR can not only continue but will be able to expand its programming and produce new shows of all kinds on a regular basis, as well as pay for ads in magazines and generally increase its profile and listenership.  I have not set a specific monetary goal for this fund drive, but rather hope that listeners will show their appreciation for the shows already produced and donate an amount that will offset to a significant degree the cost of its continuing production and progress for a years time.

Check out today’s show to hear music from some of the awesome new performers I would like to have on the show in the future, plus live recordings from the 2009 Brooklyn Folk Festival, sponsored by Down Home Radio and organized by yours truly.  I also have a number of great interviews already recorded that I can’t find the time to get to, including Jack Elliott, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Jody Stecher, Larry Hanks, as well as Archie Green, Harold Leventhal and Jim Longhi – very important figures in folk music history who are now deceased.  That’s why I have staged this fund drive, in an effort to muster the resources to continue this unique voice in the media and add this important material to the public archive that is Down Home Radio.

Down Home Radio is live from the grass roots of the folk revival that’s going on right now.  If you appreciate this kind of coverage, please make a tax deductible donation to Down Home Radio, and receive any or all of the 3 awesome premiums listed below.

Thanks.  Your host,


“Eli Smith is the only young musician I know who is single-handedly reporting on the present scene and documenting its continuity with the past.”
– John Cohen, New Lost City Ramblers

Down Home Radio offers innovative coverage you won’t find anywhere else.  An excellent program.”
– Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

“Keep on!  The people who listen to you really depend on you.”
– Pete Seeger

“Down Home Radio compensates for the lack of traditional folk music of the Americas in both mainstream and niche media by serving as the only national or international resource consistently offering in-depth long form radio interviews with a variety of established figures of the folk music landscape.  But even more importantly, the program provides a platform for emerging folk artists who have no alternate outlet for this kind of discourse, giving them a chance to tell their story and perform their music live on the show.  As a journalist and fieldworker who is also an active performer, Eli is in a unique position to relay grassroots and cutting-edge coverage of the folk music scene, much like Broadside or Sing Out! magazines did in their early incarnations.”
– Lynette Wiley

The Stuff:

For a $25 pledge, receive a Down Home Radio bumper sticker.  For $50 receive the fabulous “Best of the Brooklyn Folk Festival” live CD, 15 songs totaling more than 1 hour of music, only available right here right now.  Check out selections from the CD on today’s show!  For $75 receive the awesome Down Home Radio Show t-shirt, modeled here by our executive producer!

And the special holiday deal of the century! For $100 receive all three, the bumper sticker, “Best of the Brooklyn Folk Festival” live CD and the t-shirt!  What a deal!  That’s fully 33% off!

All donations are tax deductible.

Brooklyn Folk Festival CD Cover
[L] DHR T-Shirt                                       [R]
CD of live recordings from the festival!

Bumper Sticker

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Make an easy, secure tax deductible donation to “2nd Mind Music,” my business name, via the Fractured Atlas website.
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Thanks go to Ernesto Gomez and Maria Flores, without whom this fund drive would not have been possible.