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News from the Folk folks - January 2012

News from the Folk folks

By Peter Jones, Folk Director

The folk department started the year off with a bang, and we are not looking to slow down anytime soon!  We kicked things off with a live broadcast of Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group's concert from the Jefferson Theater, where several lucky WTJU listeners also got to hang out with the band before the show.

A couple weeks later bluegrass legend Claire Lynch and her band stopped by the Cosmic American Jamboree for a live performance before their concert at the Mockingbird in Staunton.  And as a special treat for the WTJU listeners, we later that evening broadcast the first hour of that very concert.

The Cosmic American Jamboree's Lonesome George also managed to sit down with Americana star Eilen Jewell, talking about everything from her love of early country and blues, to Eilen's affinity for murdering men in her songs (but only those who done her wrong!).

In between two sold out shows at the Jefferson Theater, Railroad Earth stopped by Sunshine Daydream for some live music and conversation.  Headliners at such national festivals as Bonnaroo, it took six vans to get the band, crew and instruments over to the station.  But boy was it worth it!

We are going to close out the month with a visit from the Carolina Chocolate Drops on Walk Right In!  Before they head over to the Jefferson for their concert on January 31, they will play live for the WTJU listeners.

To find out what the folk department has in store come February, we encourage you to check out our facebook page. And don't forget to visit our Podcast page, where we post many of our special programs in perpetuity.

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