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Folk This & Folk That

Published August 23, 2023 at 1:26 PM CDT

A blog for Folk Weekend on Tri-States Public Radio by Folk Weekend host, Kyra Dean

Join Kyra Dean Sunday nights at 7:00 as she travels through the worlds of alt. country, Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, and of course, Folk on Folk Weekend. You'll hear classic recordings that defined their genres as well as new releases from contemporary artists that push in new and interesting directions.

If We Make It Through December

Posted December 4, 2023 at 9:38 AM CST

Hello! I'll start this blog post with a lame cliche: "can you believe it's already December 2023? The year went fast etc. etc. yadda yadda..."

Now that we did that, let's talk music...

Make sure you listen to Folk Weekend every Sunday in December. I have some good stuff for you. Folk Weekend will air on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve this year. Naturally, I will be getting festive with the tunes, so it should be a good time...

Also, December is when music nerds make lists. Here's some of my favorite albums from the year 2023 that I recommend. I'm sure I missed a few, but, deadlines.

11. The Rolling Stones-Hackneyed Diamonds

10. Milk Carton Kids-I Only See The Moon

9. (tie) The Fly Birds/The Cleverlys-The Band Is Playing Covers/Solid Butter

8. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit-Weathervanes

7. Yo La Tengo-This Stupid World

6. Lucero-Should've Learned By Now

5. Lucinda Williams-Stories From A Rock and Roll Heart

4. Margo Cilker-Valley Of Hearts Delight

3. Cat Power-Cat Power Sings Dylan: The 1966 Royal Albert Hall Concert

2. Sparklehorse-Bird Machine

1. Sunny War-Anarchist Gospel

also: The Let It Bleed Edition: reissue/Ed Stassium mix of The Replacements' album, Tim. It sounds amazing and serves as a reminder of the Mat's influence on many of the alt-country artists we love today.

Seek out all of that stuff for your listening pleasure.

Tune in all month long for more!

Happy Holidays!

November Folk Weekend Update

Posted November 1, 2023 at 10:30 AM CDT

Is it really November?....Just checked the calendar, and the temperature...yep, it's very much November.

Folk Weekend got pretty dark and gloomy in October with the Halloween, devil, and murder ballad episodes. The plan for November is to lighten up a little...

Of course you'll get a Thanksgiving episode of Folk Weekend. I like food. I also like songs about food. I suspect that I'm not alone in this.

I also intend to give you another Beatles episode. That's when you'll get to hear a bunch of cool songs from the Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/and even Starr songbook.

There is plenty of exciting new music being released, and I'll be serving up plenty of that as well.

Also, the times they are a changin' on Novewmber 5th. Don't forget to set your clocks back.

A reminder that Folk Weekend is now available on demand with a 2 week archive! Listen whenever you want! Check it out!

Yay spooky season and music recommendations

Posted October 2, 2023 at 2:11 PM CDT

Confession: October is my favorite month. Mainly because I have an excuse to listen to dark and spooky tunes (and some fun ones too). Show themes this month will include the devil, murder ballads, and Halloween. It will probably get weird. Make sure you tune in every Sunday at 7.

You can also listen on-demand, in case you miss the original broadcast. You can find that here on our website.

Speaking of music, here are some recent releases that I recommend:

Lydia Loveless-Nothing’s Gonna Stand In My Way (album)

Every few years Lydia re-emerges to remind us why they are one of the best voices in Americana music. This may be their best yet.

The Replacements-Tim: Let It Bleed Edition (album reissue)

Big, multi-disc reissues can be for suckers, rich kids and completists. They can also make an album that suffered slightly from it’s 80’s production sound like a revelation. If you don’t hear a strong Replacements influence in today’s alternative country greats Lucinda Williams (Drive-By Truckers, Lucero, Lydia Loveless, Lucina Williams and many more) then I suggest an armada of Q-tips be dispatched to your ear area forthwith. It’s undeniable. Tim just happens to be one of the best albums ever. It just got even better.

The Milk Carton Kids-"Body & Soul" (song)

Just 2 voices harmonizing like their names are Paul and Art, some acoustic guitars, a whole lotta words, and a heck of a lot of fun.

Drive-By Truckers-Welcome To Club XIII- (album)

This came out last year, but after hearing these songs performed live, I had to revisit. It rules.

The Cleverlys-Hot Butter (album)

I'm easily amused by fun covers of familiar hits, especially when it is done with such finesse and joy as The Cleverlys do on Hot Butter. Bluegrass renditions of hits from Dr. John, Silk Sonic, B-52s, Psi, Radiohead and more. It's a good time

Margo Cilker-"I Remember Carolina" (song)

An outstanding barn burning American travelogue about Montana fisherman, Bob Dylan concerts, the best burger in Texas and a whole lot more. Yes please. From her fine new album, 'Valley of Hearts Delight'

Rodriguez-"This Is Not A Song, It's An Outburst or the Establishment Blues" (song)

Better late than never discovering this 1970 gem. RIP Sixto Rodriguez.

have a great October, and thanks for listening.

September 2023

First Air of Autumn

Posted August 31, 2023 at 2:06 PM CDT
Woody Guthrie singing aboard a New York City subway train.
Eric Schaal/Life Pictures/Getty Images
Woody Guthrie singing aboard a New York City subway train.

Howdy. I'm Kyra Dean and I host Folk weekend. I am also a blogger, starting right now. I'm just going to take this opportunity to say hello, and thank you for listening, or thinking about listening. I'm also going to tell you about the show. It's called Folk Weekend. It's 2 hours of folk, blues, Americana, bluegrass, roots, alternative country and beyond. I like to mix up the genres, styles, tempos and what have you as much as possible. On Folk Weekend, you are going to hear artists from the early 1900's all the way up to music released this week. Sometimes I have a theme that unites the songs and artists on a particular show.

I have some fun themes planned over the course of the next couple of months...Labor Day, various renditions of traditional folk songs, the devil, murder ballads, Halloween...and we will have a very special 4 hour fundraising all request episode on September 24th, raising funds for Tri-States Public Radio, so we can keep bringing you news, information, and diverse music . I hope you can tune in and help out. We sure do appreciate you.

More good news: We are in the process of making Folk Weekend available ON DEMAND, so you can listen, even if you miss out on Sunday night. Here's a little sample of that....

Thanks again and I hope that you have the greatest September of your lives