on Leftover Biscuits
Saturday August 13, 2011, 6:30-8am
In honor of what would have been Mike Seeger's seventy-eighth birthday on August 15, Leftover Biscuits host Peter Jones will air the second half of a special three hour program he did with Mike's widow, Alexia Smith, back in April of 2010. The first half aired last month. There might even be a giveaway or two from our friends at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, a label Mike not only recorded for over the decades, but also for which he produced other artists and projects.
Peter supplied archived recordings from Mike's myriad Prism Coffeehouse appearances, while Alexia shared some of her favorite Mike recordings in between a few personal memories. Virginia State Folklorist Jon Lohman, ballad singer Molly Andrews, and musician and historian Joe Ayers also contributed some memories, with Molly even doing a Carter Family ballad she recorded specifically for this program.
Mike of course helped "rediscover" artists such as Elizabeth Cotten and Dock Boggs, and influenced so many of today's musicians, including Robert Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan), and 2011 Fulbright Scholar Seth Swingle. Seth was actually Mike's apprentice as part of the Virginia Folklife's Master & Apprentice Program. So tune in for a very special tribute to the great Mike Seeger this Saturday morning, August 13, starting at 6:30.
Mike Seeger and Apprentice Seth Swingle